Not all learning takes place in the classroom. And not all Internet surfing is a time waster. If you're a political science major, these sites are the best of both worlds -- a break from the academic musings you find in your textbooks, as well as a chance to get ahead of the curve through the time you spend online. If you haven't picked a school yet, check out our best online college tool!
In politics, it's not what you know, it's who you know.Take advantage of these online resources to interact with other political science majors, stay up-to-day on industry events and access current journals and commentary.
- Pi Sigma Alpha: Want the chance to network with other poli sci students? Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science majors, has over 700 chapters around the country. The organization's Web site includes information on chapter programs, membership and a calendar of events.
- American Political Science Association: On this site, you can access political science journals, career publications and information about becoming a teacher. Don't let being a broke student discourage you: Students can join the association at a substantially reduced membership rate.
- International Political Science Association: This organization's mission is to create an academic community of political scientists from all over the world. The site includes an Online Paper Room, which features political science research presented at a number of events, and access to the organization's journals.
- The Policy Studies Organization: The Policy Studies Organization, or PSO, publishes academic journals and books on politics and public policy. Students can access recent articles from publications like the Policy Studies Journal; Politics and Policy; Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy; and World Medical and Health Policy.
- Political Science Quarterly (PSQ): Since 1886, PSQ has been considered a premier scholarly journal for those studying politics, public policy and government. This Web site has issue archives dating back to the journal's inception, making it a perfect reference for political scientists of all disciplines.
- JSTOR: JSTOR is a repository of scholarly content from a number of publishers. With about 500,000 articles from over 200 journals, you can use this as a starting point for just about any assignment.
- Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century: This site contains the text of some of the most noteworthy political speeches of the 20th century, including speeches by Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Regan, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Hillary Clinton.
- Chris Blattman: Chris Blattman is a political science and economics professor at Yale University with an interest in international policy and the nature of inequality. The site contains Blattman's blog, journal articles, and current research topics as well as advice for students.
Everyone's got an opinion when it comes to politics. In fact, keeping up with influential commentary and staying on top of key issues is part of your job as a political science student. Here are some of the most important political voices on the Web.
- The Monkey Cage: This blog includes information on political science research, as well as current events and political issues.
- The Washington Note: This site, which is run by Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation, includes commentary about public policy.
- The Politics Blog: The Politics Blog is written by Charles P. Pierce for Esquire magazine and contains commentary about the political news of the day.
- Drudge Report: When Matt Drudge broke news about the Monica Lewinsky scandal, it put this news aggregation site on the map. Updated regularly throughout the day, those looking for news with a conservative slant can get content hot of the press.
- Salon.com: This progressive online magazine covers political and entertainment news. There is also a blog network, Open Salon, which features reader-submitted articles representing many different topics and points of view.
- TownHall: This site contains content from several conservative columnists like Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter. You can also access podcasts, videos, and photographs there.
- Foreign Policy Blogs: This is a network of global affairs blogs put together by the Foreign Policy Association. The topics covered in the site's blogs include the environment, foreign policy and the role of the media in politics.
- Daily Kos: Daily Kos, which was founded by Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, is a progressive blog and a hub of online political activism. The site also includes a discussion forum and political encyclopedia.
- The Young Turks: The Young Turks, hosted by Cenk Uygur, is an online news show that covers everything from politics to popular culture. Although there is also a version of the show on Current TV, you can still watch original clips online.
- The American Conservative: This site contains articles from The American Conservative magazine, a monthly publication that includes content by well-known figures like Patrick Buchanan. There are also political blogs on the site.
If you're looking for "just the facts," these top news organizations should make your list. Stay up-to-date on domestic policy and foreign affairs by visiting these sites.
- Al Jazeera English: This Web site is for the 24-hour news channel, which is the sister station of the Arabic Al Jazeera. On this site, you can read about political news and opinion pieces from all over the world, as well as watch video clips.
- The Christian Science Monitor: Don't let the name fool you -- although The Christian Science Monitor has a religious feature story every day, it's not a theological publication. Instead you will find daily news on U.S. and world politics, as well information about science, business, and culture.
- CNN: Want the latest election news? Information on what's going on in the White House? Local headlines from around the country? All of this and more can be found on the CNN website. You can get any information that you need through articles and video clips.
- MSNBC.com: Are you a fan of "Morning Joe," "The Rachel Maddow Show," or "Hardball with Chris Matthews"? On this site you can find clips from these shows, as well as blogs written by the hosts. In addition, MSNBC.com contains U.S. and world news stories.
- Fox News: This site contains clips from television personalities like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren. Also the site includes the latest news on politics, health and entertainment.
- FRONTLINE: FRONTLINE is a public affairs television show that has been on the air since 1983. This site has an archive of shows with topics ranging from the war on terrorism, the global economic meltdown and issues in the criminal justice system.
- The Nation: The Nation magazine has been covering public affairs since 1865. This website includes articles from the magazine, as well as blogs and videos about politics.
- Foreign Policy: This website for Foreign Policy magazine includes some of the periodical's latest work, as well as blogs and news briefs.
- Democracy Now!: Democracy Now! is a national, independent news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, that covers public policy. This website includes an archive of shows, as well as a blog and a section with content for Spanish speakers.
- Talking Points Memo: Since 2000, this online political journalism organization has been covering political topics from a progressive point of view. It is the only blog to win a Polk journalism award.
- The Huffington Post: Founded by pundit Arianna Huffington in 2005, The Huffington Post is a combination of political opinion and news, as well as a portal of information on business, entertainment, health and culture.
For an inside look at Washington, D.C., you'll need to keep up with blogs like those listed below:
- POLITICO: POLITICO contains the political news of the day, blogs and video content to keep you abreast of what's going on in American politics.
- A plain blog about politics: This blog is written by political scientist Jonathan Bernstein and focuses on elections, Congress and the president.
- The League of Ordinary Gentlemen: This is a group blog that discusses many topics related to politics.
- FiveThirtyEight Blog: Written by Nate Silver and published by the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight is devoted to politics and public policy -- as well as a statistical analysis of elections.
- WatchBlog: No matter what your political persuasion, this blog has something for your palate. Divided into three areas (Democrats & Liberals, Third Party & Independents, and Republicans & Conservatives), this blog analyzes what's going on in politics from several different points of view.
- Calitics: This blog covers California politics from a progressive point of view and acts as a platform for progressive politicians to discuss the issues that concern their constituents. The site has local sections for the San Francisco Bay Area, Orange County, Sacramento, Coachella Valley and Los Angeles.
- Jack & Jill Politics: This blog discusses politics, current events and popular culture from a middle-class, African American point of view.
- The FreeStater Blog: This blog contains commentary from Todd Eberly, a political science professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
- Connecting.the.Dots: This blog is written by author and journalism teacher Robert Stein.
You'll never survive in politics if you can't laugh at it every once in awhile. Check out these blogs for a lighter take on the day's top issues.
- Wonkette: This online magazine, which was founded by editor Ana Marie Cox in 2006, takes a satirical look at political news and gossip.
- The Cagle Post: This website explores current events through the use of comic strips and commentary. Cartoons on the site can be licensed for use in the classroom.
Take advantage of all the web has to offer and make these websites part of your study routine.