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Program Overview

The Department of Political Science administers two programs, a major in Politics and an interdisciplinary major in International Relations as well as a minor in Politics. Our programs offer the rigor and depth of disciplinary training with interdisciplinary breadth that is grounded firmly in the liberal arts tradition. 

We seek to provide a learning environment that can produce liberally educated citizens who are fluent in the language of politics and political analysis and thereby have the foundation for both citizenship in a democratic society and successful training in a job, in a graduate school, or in a professional school.

Our degrees prepare students for graduate school in political science, international relations, and related fields. Our degrees also prepare students for careers in government (at the local, state, national and international levels), political campaigns, law, political journalism, business, non-profit organizations, and academics. Courses in the department offer students opportunities to integrate experiential learning with their academic coursework. We encourage our majors to complete internship experiences, and a multitude of internships are available, including opportunities in state government, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations and internships related to international issues or multicultural affairs.


B.A. Degree Requirements

The undergraduate B.A. degree in Politics includes coursework that develops students’ capacity to recognize and evaluate assumptions, implications, and causal relationships pertaining to government and politics and, by extension, to other realms of human experience. Students will learn to understand government and politics in terms of the theories, concepts, and tools of sophisticated political analysis that characterize the discipline of political science. Students take required core classes in American politics, comparative politics, world politics and political theory as well as intermediate courses that introduce them to the fundamental concepts and methods in the study of political science.

For their remaining requirements, students take upper-level electives in Politics and in related areas of study.  Students should work closely with their advisors to select courses that are most compatible with their academic and professional goals.

Course Credit Hours
POLS 001 - American Political System 3
POLS 065 - Comparative Politics 3
POLS 075 - World Politics 3
POLS 085 - Concepts in Politics 3
POLS 095 - Methods in Politics 3
POLS 18x - (course in Political Theory - any course in the 180-189 range may fulfill this requirement) 3
POLS 191 - Senior Seminar in Politics 3
Politics Electives 12
Coursework in Related Fields* 9
TOTAL 42

*Politics majors must complete nine credit hours (in 100 level courses) in a single related field: History, Sociology, Philosophy or Economics. Students can meet the related fields requirement in other appropriate disciplines or with a group of classes that combine disciplines after discussion with, and approval from, their advisor.

**For graduation, Politics majors also must have at least a 2.00 cumulative G.P.A. in all Politics courses (including those beyond the 33-hour requirement) as well as in the related-field courses applied to the major.


Politics Minor

The minor in politics provides a broad overview of the breadth of topics examined in the field and the opportunity to delve more deeply into a specific area of political science.

Course Credit Hours
POLS 001 - American Political System 3
POLS 065 - Comparative Politics 3
POLS 075 - World Politics 3
POLS 18x (course in Political Theory - any course in the 180-189 range may fulfill this requirement) 3
Politics Electives 6
TOTAL 18
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