Political science: The study of politics; the study dates back to Plato and even Hammurabi and arguably even taught in the animal kingdoms in animal hierarchies. History, philosophy, religion, and law were historically the main topics of study in political science. Modern political science studies political behavior through survey samples of a population, controlled experiments, and other data collection methods that can be statistically analyzed.
Bob: "What did you study in college."
Tom: "Political Science"
Bob: "Oh, basket weaving, ha ha ha."
Tom: "It's not basket weaving; it's law, fool!"