Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
The Department of History and Political Science engages students in disciplines that are scholarly and humanistically enlarging. In History courses, the department extends to each student the opportunity to acquire the temporal perspective needed to understand and appreciate the varied activities and pursuits of human beings. In Political Science courses, the department extends to each student the opportunity for systematic study of the varied activities of human beings who as citizens seek to craft orderly and just societies and to discern the proper relation between the individual and the community. Through both disciplines, the department aims to develop in students the necessary perspective and critical capacities to be contributing members of their communities and to live enriched and enriching lives.
By engaging students in dialogue about the nature of human activity past and present, by developing their analytical abilities, and by working with them to effectively communicate their insights, the department at the same time strives to develop competent, self-confident, articulate individuals ready for productive careers. The programs of the department provide excellent preparation both for further study and for work in a variety of fields—teaching, business, civil service, law, journalism, library science, and archival work.
Where Will Your Degree Take You?
Foreign Service Worker
International Market Researcher
Public Opinion Analyst
Program Of Study (36 Credits)
Political Science Major (36 credits)
Required Courses (15 credits)
PO 111 World Politics
PO 112 American Politics and Government
PO 273 Classical Political Theory
PO 274 Modern Political Theory
PO 391 Political Science Seminar
Seven courses from among the following: (21 credits)
PO 231 Constitutional Law
PO 252 Topics in Political Science
PO 253 Topics in Political Science
PO 257 International Relations
PO 259 American Foreign Policy
PO 261 Politics of the Developing World
PO 322 Politics through Film
PO 323 Politics and Literature
PO 325 Democracy and Its Critics
PO 341 World Revolution in the Twentieth Century
PO 343 Imagining Heaven and Hell
The field of concentration in Political Science includes 36 credits in the discipline exclusive of PO 380 and PO 390. Students majoring in Political Science are strongly encouraged to continue to develop their foreign language competency at the undergraduate level as an essential prerequisite for further study.
Political Science Minor (18 credits)
The minor in Political Science consists of 18 credits chosen in consultation with the Department Chair and including PO 111.