Major in Political Science (B.A.)

To earn the bachelor’s degree in political science, students take a minimum of 13 courses (37 credits).

Required courses:

  • POL115: The American Political System or POL120: How to Rule the World: Intro to International Relations
  • POL201: Classical Political Philosophy or POL202: Modern Political Philosophy
  • POL211: International Relations and Diplomacy or POL240: Comparative Politics
  • POL215: American Government: Classic and Contemporary Readings
  • POL372: Seminar in Research and Methodology
  • POL400: Guided Research
  • POL402: Multi-Media Research Application
  • Six upper-level political science electives, chosen in consultation with department faculty

Concentration in American Government and Public Law

Students concentrating in American government and public law gain a solid understanding of our political and legal systems from the founding to the present. They learn about the origins and development of constitutional law and legislation, our governing institutions, our political process and the ideas that have shaped American political life. Students pursuing the concentration complete the requirements for a B.A. in political science, and also choose four of their electives from the following list:

  • POL201: Classical Political Philosophy
  • POL202: Modern Political Philosophy
  • POL222: American Legal History
  • POL247: State Government Internship
  • POL299: Special Topics
  • POL316: Political Parties and Public Opinions
  • POL324: American Political Thought
  • POL398: Special Topics in American Government
  • POL403: Constitutional Law and Development
  • POL406: The Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure
  • POL414: Civil Liberties
  • POL415: Modern American Foreign Policy
  • POL421: Congress and the Legislative Process
  • POL422: American Presidency

Concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics

Students concentrating in international relations and comparative politics gain an understanding of the political, economic, social, environmental and military issues impacting our increasingly integrated world. They learn to appreciate the great variety of regimes, from democracies to tyrannies, and the vast disparities of outcomes, from prosperity and the rule of law to misery and violence. Students pursuing the concentration complete the requirements for a B.A. in political science, and also choose four of their electives from the following list:

  • POL211: International Relations and Diplomacy
  • POL213: Global Environmental Politics
  • POL240: Comparative Politics
  • POL299: Special Topics
  • POL330: Global Development
  • POL331: Contemporary Latin America
  • POL332: Contemporary Middle East
  • POL333: Contemporary Africa
  • POL334: Contemporary Asia
  • POL399: Special Topics in International and Comparative Politics
  • POL415: Modern American Foreign Policy
  • POL416: Politics of the European Union
  • POL420: Political Economy of Industrial Societies