Degrees and Programs
The Department of Political Science provides students with the tools for a careful and systematic study of politics, within the scope of a liberal arts education. Students are grounded in factual material about governments, politics, and political philosophy.
We stress the importance of life-long academic skills in critical thinking, writing, and speaking: courses require analytic reading and clear writing.
To graduate with a political science major, students must complete 33 credit hours, normally 11 courses, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the department.
All majors must complete two introductory courses:
PSC 101: Politics and PSC 102- Empirical Analysis.pdf, preferably by the end of their sophomore year.
Additionally, majors must take one course in each of the four major subfields:
and international relations
(see the Major Fields Table below).
Students must also complete four PSC electives, which can be any four PSC courses of their choosing. HPM 408 and SOC 342 may also count as PSC electives towards completion of the degree.
Finally, all majors take a Capstone Seminar, typically during the senior year.
Requirements: To graduate with a political science minor, students must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours), including PSC 101 and PSC 102, plus four more political science courses of their choosing.