The field of American politics at the University of Minnesota includes the study of national and local political institutions, the mass media, public opinion, elections and campaigns, political participation, political psychology, gender, race, public policy, interest groups and political parties, and constitutional law.
The field of Comparative Politics at the University of Minnesota includes comparative political economy, democratization, and area studies.
The field of International Relations at the University of Minnesota includes the study of international politics and international relations theory, international political economy, international conflict, international organizations.
The field of Political Methodology at the University of Minnesota includes the study of quantitative and qualitative methods, formal theory, and survey research.
Political psychology is the study of social attitudes and cognition, judgment and decision-making, group relations, personality and leadership, mass communication, public opinion, political behavior, and political socialization.
In addition to providing students with a background in political psychology, the program trains them in theory and methods useful to this field. This program is also intended to facilitate interactions among graduate students and faculty involved in research in political psychology.
The field of Political Theory at the University of Minnesota includes the study of the history of political political thought, constitutionalism and legal theory, democracy and citizenship, ethics and moral philosophy.
Political Economy explores two overlapping areas of inquiry: the interactions between the polity and the economy, and the use of the tools of neo-classical economics to explain how political and economic institutions produce social outcomes by constraining, reflecting, and shaping the behavior of self-interested individuals.