Utilizes deductive, mathematical techniques and statistical methods to form and test theories, investigate political events and discover empirical generalizations.
Mathematical and statistical methods are used widely to assess public opinion, evaluate governmental programs and institutions. In political science, mathematical tools are conventionally divided into formal theory and quantitative analysis.
Teaching in formal and quantitative methods is closely integrated with other parts of the department to maintain a close link between political ideas and mathematical assumptions. The teaching program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is designed to build and reinforce those linkages.