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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.
 

Major 

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.
 

Requirements  

All majors must complete two introductory courses:

  • PSC 101: Politics and PSC 102: Empirical Analysis, preferably by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Additionally, majors must take one course in each of the four major subfields:
    • American politics,
    • comparative politics,
    • political theory,
    • 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.  

Minor

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.

 
 

 

Major Fields Table 

​American Politics

PSC 201 – American Government and Politics

PSC 211 – Public Administration

PSC 300 – Law and Society

PSC 303 – Urban Politics

PSC 305 – Legislative Process

PSC 306 – The American Presidency

PSC 311 – American Constitutional Law

PSC 312 – Civil Liberties

PSC 315 – Elections and Electoral Behavior

PSC 316 – Political Parties and Interest Groups

PSC 317 – Comparative State Politics

PSC 318 – American Public Policy

PSC 319 – Political Attitudes and Public Opinion

PSC 416 – Race and Politics in the Americas

PSC 425 – Mass Media and Politics

​Comparative Politics

PSC 205 – Comparative Politics

PSC 320 – Comparative Asian Politics & Government

PSC 324 – Gov’t. and Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

PSC 325 – Comparative Revolutions

PSC 329 – Middle East Politics

PSC 333 – European Politics

PSC 334 – African Politics

PSC 336 – Latin American Politics

PSC 416 – Race and Politics in the Americas 

​Political Theory

 

PSC 341 – Classical Political Theory

PSC 342 – Modern Political Theory

PSC 343 – Contemporary Political Theory

PSC 344 – Ancients and Moderns

PSC 348 – American Political Theory

​International Relations

PSC 207 – International Relations (required prerequisite)

PSC 361 – International Politics of the Middle East

PSC 369 – International Law and Organization

PSC 430 – International Political Economy

PSC 482 – Seminar in International Security

 

 

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