Students majoring in political science are challenged to think creatively and analytically about historically and currently relevant topics. Through participation in lectures, seminars, internships, and independent studies, our students develop critical reasoning, communication, data analysis, and reflectional skills.
Many graduates go on to obtain advanced degrees in law, business, public policy, political science, and public administration. Others apply their degree to relevant career employment, pursuing work in political campaigns, lobbies, non-profit foundations, think tanks, corporations, public relations firms, news organizations, government, and international organizations.
TO DECLARE A POLS, PSIR OR PSDV MAJOR: Pick up a major-declaration form from your academic advisor and bring it to the office of our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Brox (302 Norman Mayer), during his office hours: Wednesday 10-12 and 1-3. You will be assigned a major advisor at that point.
Please note, you cannot declare two political science majors. You must choose either POLS, PSIR or PSDV.
|POLS 2010||Scope/Methods Poli Sci||3|
|PSDV 2400||Intro to Internatl Development||3|
|One out of the following two:|
|POLC 2300||Comparative Politics||3|
|POLI 2500||International Relations||3|
|Choose One Course from the Following:||3|
Any PSDV 3000- level course
|Politics of Central America|
|Politics of Latin America|
|Middle East Comp Politics|
|ECON 1020||Intro to Macroeconomics||3|
|POLI 3540||Internationl Political Economy||3,4|
|Foreign Language Component|
|Students must complete one additional three-credit course beyond the SLA foreign-language requirements. Course must be taught in the target language.||3|
|FIVE courses, at least ONE must be a PSDV class. At least TWO must come from outside of Political Science (see the approved list of classes in the checklist).||15|
For all major tracks (POLS, POLI, & PSDV),students must have successfully completed POLS 2010 Scope/Methods Poli Sci (3 c.h.) and the correlating introductory course in order to enroll in any course above the 3000-level. For example, students must complete POLA 2100 American Government (3 c.h.) in order to enroll in POLA 4000 or 6000-level courses. Faculty may choose to add other pre-requisites to any course and are encouraged to do so in any case in which they feel that doing so would improve student preparation for and performance in their own courses. Non-major juniors and seniors may enroll in courses at the 4000-level or above with the consent of the instructor. The Political Science department enforces all pre-requisites. Students must have successfully completed a pre-requisite the semester before registering for any class. The department reserves the right to drop students who are missing the pre-requisite from the course without notice.
Level of Course Work
- At least two courses need to be at the 4000-level or above. This does not include internships, independent studies, or honors thesis credits.
- Either one course at the 6000 level or one four-credit writing intensive course in political science. This course cannot be “double-counted” and used to fulfill the requirement above; in other words, it does not count toward the “two classes at the 4000-level or above” requirement.
- Students may not exceed six credits of internship toward their total hours of graduation and can count only one internship course (POLS 4560 Internship (1,3 c.h.)) toward major requirements.