Political Science Abandons Its Soul

In its elevation of data science and neglect of political theory, the new political science major embraces a misguided academic populism. Man may be a political animal, but he does not seem so interested in political science anymore. The number of political science and government degrees conferred across America fell 4.5%  between 2008 and 2013, but at few institutions has this trend been more pronounced than Stanford. Stanford graduated 74 political science majors in the 2011 academic year, 61 in 2013, and just 47 in 2015. By extrapolation, Stanford likely has only slightly more than 200 political science majors overall, a mere 2.9% of its undergraduate student body. The department, home to excellent scholars like Morris Fiorina, David Brady, and Scott Sagan, responded by instituting drastic changes. Desperate to maintain…

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