Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Political Science Major

(Formerly Government)

General Information

The general objective of the Political Science major is to equip students with the analytical tools necessary to understand political processes at work within their own and other societies as well as among states in the global community. The major program offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of American government, comparative politics, international relations, and political thought. Political Science majors benefit from an active internship program that places eligible students in business and industry as well as local, state, and federal government.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program attend law school as well as graduate programs in political science, public administration, and business. Others enter government service or pursue careers in diverse areas ranging from education to business.

History and Political Science Faculty

Professors: William Mandel, Donald Williams

Associate Professors: Peter Fairman, Laura Janik, Timothy Vercellotti

Assistant Professor: Nathan Dean

Program Objectives

  1. To assist students in acquiring a more sophisticated understanding of politics in the United States.
  2. To develop an appreciation for political processes at work within other societies.
  3. To equip students with the analytical tools necessary to understand political processes at work among states in the global community.
  4. To accommodate individual interests by providing a wide variety of courses in the areas of American government, comparative government, international relations, and political thought.
  5. To provide opportunities for students to pursue internships in local, state, and federal government.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required Political Science courses (24 credit hours)

POSC 101/INST 101Introduction to Contemporary Global Issues

3 cr.

POSC 102American National Government

3 cr.

POSC 201Comparative Politics

3 cr.

POSC 203International Relations

3 cr.

POSC 207Western Political Thought

3 cr.

POSC 212Political Analysis

3 cr.

POSC 490Seminar in Political Science

3 cr.

POSC 205Public Administration

3 cr.

or

POSC 210State Politics in America

3 cr.

or

POSC 218Public Policy in America

3 cr.

or

POSC 225Law and Judicial Politics

3 cr.

GEOG 110Geography of United States and Canada

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:24

Twenty-one additional credit hours of political science including 15 additional credit hours of upper-level courses (POSC 300-400).

The 15 upper-level credit hours must include three credit hours each of comparative government, international relations, and American government.
Total Credit Hours:21

Eighteen credit hours in social sciences including EC 111 and EC 112, and at least three credit hours in geography, history, and psychology.

Also students must take MATH 120.
Total Credit Hours:18

Total Credit Hours: 63

The 2.0 required grade point average in the major is based upon all POSC courses pursued as a part of the student’s degree program.