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|
|Three Courses from the following:|
|POLA 2100||American Government (or AP American Government)||3|
|POLC 2300||Comparative Politics (or AP Comparative Politics)||3|
|POLI 2500||International Relations||3|
|POLT 2700||Pol Thought In The West||3|
|Economics Component 1|
|PSIR majors must successfully complete TWO of the following courses:|
|Intro to Microeconomics|
|Intro to Macroeconomics|
|Probability & Statistics I|
|Internationl Political Economy|
|Comparatv Political Econ|
|Foreign Language Component|
|Students must complete one additional three-credit course beyond the SLA foreign-language requirements.||3|
|SIX courses, at least THREE of which must be in either International Relations (POLI) and/or Comparative Politics (POLC). Not more than FOUR of the electives may be in any single subfield (POLA, POLC, POLI, or POLT).|
A course in the political economy department (such as PECN 3040 Comp & Intl Pol Econ (3 c.h.)) that is approved by the political science department’s director of undergraduate studies may also be considered. POLI 3540 Internationl Political Economy (3,4 c.h.) and POLC 6110 Comparatv Political Econ (3 c.h.) can count for either the Economics Component or an Elective but not both.
Not more than FOUR of the electives may be in any single subfield (POLA, POLC, POLI, PSDV or POLT).
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.