Comparative politics is both a field of study and a method of political analysis. It focuses on politics within and across nations.
It examines and compares political systems and processes, political structures and institutions, political culture, development, civil society, democratization, as well as many of the challenging issues facing states today. Graduate students develop a solid understanding of how different kinds of political systems function and how to assess their impact on public policy and normative questions. They study the impact of culture and international politics upon political processes within nations; and they study the theory and methods for comparing nations. Students have the opportunity to focus on specific regions of the world as well as to develop a broad understanding of various types of political systems.