The College is no longer admitting students to the Major of Political Science. However, the department's minor programs are still active. Please see our Majors & Minors listing to view available programs.
Political science is the study of government, public policy, and politics.
It is concerned with the control, use, and abuse of authority and institutions, as well as cultural systems through which power is exercised. Political science uses humanistic and scientific approaches to understand the dynamics of political and social change in the United States and across the globe.
LEARNING GOALS FOR THE MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Upon completing the major in political science, students will be able to:
- Critically reflect on and analyze contemporary political trends and developments.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about political topics.
- Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on political topics.
- Pursue graduate studies in political science, journalism, law and other professions; and enter careers that require a strong background in political studies.
The political science curriculum covers four main areas: comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and U.S. politics. Our introductory courses, at the 100-level, provide students with the foundations for more substantive investigations. Our intermediate courses, at the 200 and 300-levels, expose students to political ideas, institutions, and patterns in the United States and different world areas. Our 400-level courses are designed for juniors and seniors who are ready to pursue their own research projects.
Major Political Science: 40 Credits
General Education: 42 Credits
Major: 40 Credits
Elective Credits: 41 Credits
Requirements for a B.A. in political science
|PS 105 Introduction to Politics||3|
|PS 106 Introduction to U.S. Politics||3|
|PS 262 Multiculturalism and Democracy||3|
PS 231 Comparative Politics
OR PS 324 Law, Government and Politics in America
|PS 310 Modern Political Thought||3|
|PS 340 Political Participation||3|
|PS/SOC/IS 371 Research Methods in Social Science||4|
|PS/IS 479 Senior Seminar||3|
|Political Science Electives|
|(5 courses, at least 3 at the 300/400 level)||15|