Political Science Major
The political science department recognizes the importance of a discipline-based education within a strong liberal arts tradition. Specifically, the department seeks to impart to our students the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in a political science-related field such as academia, government, law, or international affairs. Students also master a specific core of discipline-based knowledge and an understanding of their civic responsibilities in a global community. The department provides faculty mentoring, not only through academic advising but also through career counseling and exposing our students to practical political experience.
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: Political science majors are required to successfully complete 10 courses. The distribution of the 10 courses is as follows: three introductory courses: POL 110 , 111 , and 120 ; three courses at the 300 level or above: one course each from American Government/Public Policy (POL 302 , 310 , 312 , 313 , 314 , 315 , 411 , and 412 ), international/comparative politics (POL 320 , 321 , 322 , 330 , and 331), and normative/empirical theories (POL 340 , 341 , and 342 ); three electives; and one capstone experience chosen from the following options: a directed independent study, POL 450 field experience, or a 400-level seminar. The department must approve all capstone experiences and students must submit a proposal for their capstone experience to the department chair by March 1 of their junior year.