• Political Science

  • Requirements

    Major

    Total Credits: 33

    There are three parts to the major: (1) Introductory courses that provide a foundation to the different subfields of the discipline; (2) Elective course distribution that provides greater depth and narrower focus in each of the subfields; (3) Free electives that allow students to pursue those area(s) that they find most interesting.

     

    Introductory Courses: Students must take three of the five following courses: 9 Credits

     

    • POLI 1101 Introduction to American Politics (offered every Spring) 3 Credits
    • POLI 1201 Introduction to Comparative Politics (offered every Fall) 3 Credits
    • POLI 1301 Introduction to International Relations (offered every Spring) 3 Credits
    • POLI 1401 Introduction to Political Theory (offered every Fall) 3 Credits
    • POLI 1501 Fundamentals of Political Science* (offered every Fall) 3 Credits

     

    Students are STRONGLY advised to take their introductory courses by no later than the end of the first semester of their junior year.

    *Recommended for those considering a major in the department, or for non-majors who would like a comprehensive overview of the discipline.

     

    Electives: 24 Credits

    Students must take at least one elective course in each of the subfields of political science, for a total of 12 credits (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory).

    The remaining four courses may be taken in any subfield of political science. 12 Credits

    Since introductory courses are meant to provide a foundation in a subfield, it is STRONGLY recommended that students take a field introductory course or Fundamentals before they take an elective course in that subfield.

     

    Exit Requirement: Parts I and II Required:

    I. A departmental exit examination that demonstrates competence in the four major
    disciplinary subfields (American politics, comparative politics, international relations,
    and political theory).

    II. Submission of two political science papers which are representative of the student's
    writing at the beginning and end of her studies (such as the first and last paper
    written for a political science course). The inclusion of copies of the instructor's
    original comments is desirable, but not required.


    Minor

    Total Credits: 18

     

    Introductory Courses: Students must take Two of the five following courses: 6 Credits

     

    • POLI 1101 Introduction to American Politics (offered every Spring) 3 Credits
    • POLI 1201 Introduction to Comparative Politics (offered every Fall) 3 Credits
    • POLI 1301 Introduction to International Relations (offered every Spring) 3 Credits
    • POLI 1401 Introduction to Political Theory (offered every Fall) 3 Credits
    • POLI 1501 Fundamentals of Political Science* (offered every Fall) 3 Credits

     

    *Recommended for those considering a major in the department, or for non-majors who would like a comprehensive overview of the discipline.

     

    Electives: 12 Credits

    Students must take at least one elective course in three of the four subfields of political science, for a total of 9 credits (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory).

    The remaining one course may be taken in any subfield of political science for 3 Credits

    Since introductory courses are meant to provide a foundation in a subfield, it is STRONGLY recommended that students take a field introductory course or Fundamentals before they take an elective course in that subfield.

     

    Internships and Cross-listed courses

    Students may also take one internship to count towards satisfaction of the elective requirement.

    Students may use up to two courses cross-listed with other departments toward their elective requirements.

    Before students register for internship credit, they need to consult with the department and with the Academic Advisement Center to learn of specific requirements and restrictions of this option.

     

    Detailed political science fact sheet (PDF)

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