Major in Political Science (B.A.)

To earn the bachelor’s degree in political science, students take a minimum of 12 courses (34 credits).

Required courses:

  • Classical Political Philosophy
  • Modern Political Philosophy
  • American Government: Classic and Contemporary Readings
  • Seminar in Research and Methodology
  • Guided Research
  • Multi-Media Research Application
  • Six upper-level political science electives, chosen in consultation with department faculty

Concentration in American Government

Students concentrating in American government gain a solid understanding of our political and legal systems from the founding to the present. Students 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 a concentration in American government complete the requirements for a B.A. in political science, and also choose five of their electives from the following list:

  • American Legal History
  • Political Parties and Public Opinions
  • American Political Thought
  • Special Topics in American Government
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Liberties
  • Modern American Foreign Policy
  • Congress and the Legislative Process
  • 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. Students 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 a concentration in international relations and comparative politics complete the requirements for a B.A. in political science, and also choose five of their electives from the following list:

  • International Relations/Organizations
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Politics of Developing Nations
  • Contemporary Latin America
  • Contemporary Middle East
  • Contemporary Africa
  • Contemporary Asia
  • Special Topics in International and Comparative Politics
  • Politics and Societies in Eastern Europe
  • Modern American Foreign Policy
  • Political Economy of Industrial Societies