The Importance of Writing
in Political Science
Political science places a strong
premium on written communication. In fact, political
scientists wrote some of the worlds greatest
books and documents. In his Politics,for
example, Aristotle examined the nature of the
polis and "the good life." Many centuries
later, the authors of The Federalist
(Madison, Hamilton, Jay) applied their studies
of past political regimes to the immediate problem
of designing a large-scale democratic republic.
As a student in Public and International
Affairs, you must not only comprehend the writing
of others, but be able to effectively communicate
your ideas in writing as well. Most of your
professors will assign one or more types of
writing in their classes. While there is considerable
variation in the types of writing you will do,
you should always aim to be clear, precise and
organized. This is not as easy as than it sounds.
All writers must work at their craft, and even
good writers produce several drafts of their
writing before others see it. The sooner you
accept this, the better.
This website is a useful tool
to help you write better. It provides help for
many writing assignments, and useful advice
from department professors and writing tutors
in GMUs Writing Center. It also contains
useful links to other writing resources found
on and off campus.