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Major in Political Science

Few majors offer the opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing the underlying problems that continue to plague our societies. From world peace to health-care policy to economic growth and stability, graduates with a degree in political science are prepared to enter a world of policy and debate with the tools needed to affect change at all levels of society.

A political science major provides excellent preparation for a wide range of fields, including law, journalism, management, finance, government and community service.

Requirements for the Major
Political science majors take a minimum of nine courses in the department: eight core courses and one elective course. Majors take a senior seminar in the term prior to graduation.

Core Courses
POL 201 American Federal Government or its equivalent
POL 445 Senior Seminar: Topics on American Politics

American Politics
Choose two courses from the following:
POL 202 American State and Local Government
POL 240 Law and Politics
POL 300 Urban Politics
POL 305 American Presidency
POL 320 Congress
POL 360 Public Policy and Administration
POL 411 Constitutional Law I: Civil Liberties
POL 412 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights
POL 413 Constitutional Law III: Constitutional Structures, Powers and Federalism
 
World Politics
Choose two courses from the following:
POL 301 Comparative Politics: The New Europe
POL 302 Developing Nations
POL 303 Politics of the Middle East
POL 306 Politics of International Relations
POL 307 American Foreign Policy
POL 310 International Organization
POL 406 Politics of International Economic Relations

Political Philosophy
Two courses from the following:
POL 314 Classics of Political Theory
POL 315 Modern and Contemporary Political Theory
POL 319 American Political Thought
POL 401 Feminist Political Theory
POL 402 Political Justice

Electives
One elective chosen from the following (if not taken for the core):
BID 205 Understanding Politics through Literature
BID 308 European Union and Cities: Regional Integration and Urbanization in the European Union
BID 330 Federal Politics and Media Ethics
BID 335 Psychology and Political Philosophy of Gender
BID 357 Feminist Poetry
POL 150 Introduction to Politics
POL 202 American State and Local Government
POL 240 Public Law
POL 300 Urban Politics
POL 303 Politics of the Middle East
POL 305 The American Presidency
POL 306 Politics of International Relations (if not taken for the Core)
POL 307 American Foreign Policy
POL 314 Classics of Political Theory (if not taken for the Core)
POL 315 Modern and Contemporary Political Theory (if not taken for the Core)
POL 319 American Political Thought (if not taken for the Core)
POL 320 Congress
POL 350 Mock Trial
POL 401 Feminist Political Theory
POL 402 Political Justice
POL 406 Politics of International Economic Relations
POL 411 Constitutional Law I: Civil Liberties
POL 412 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights
POL 413 Constitutional Law III: Constitutional Structures, Powers and Federalism
POL 468 Internship
POL 492 Independent Study

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