The major in Political Sciences, which results in a B.A. degree, requires a minimum of 33 credits with a maximum of 45 credits.
Required courses are recommended in the following sequence:
POS 100 Introduction to American Government (1st or 2nd year)
POS 200 Comparative Politics (1st, 2nd or 3rd year)
POS 250 International Politics (1st, 2nd or 3rd year)
POS 230 History of Political Theory (3rd or 4th year)
POS 380 Reading Seminar (3rd year)
POS 490 Senior Research Seminar (4th year)
POS 491 Senior Thesis (4th year)
In addition, the major takes four to six electives distributed over at least two of the following areas: international politics, political theory, American politics.
Given the close relationship between economics and politics, it is the department’s belief that an understanding of contemporary issues in the world requires a basic understanding of economics. Hence, Political Science majors will also take the following
required courses in the Economics Department:
ECO 101 Principles of Microeconomics (2nd or 3rd year)
ECO 102 Principles of Macroeconomics (2nd or 3rd year)
A minor in Political Science consists of 18 hours of course work selected by the student in consultation with the department advisor. The department recommends that the program includes one seminar, a balance between introductory and advanced courses, and a distribution of areas that best complements the student’s major course of study.