Political Science

What is Political Science?

Political Science is the systematic study of governments, political processes, public policy, and political behavior. The field of Political Science is conventionally divided into four main subfields: American Government, Political Theory, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. The department offers an introductory course and advanced courses in all subfields, as well as other fields such as political economy and terrorism. 

What Academic Programs Does the Department Offer?

  1. The standard major requires 10 Political Science courses, 5 of which are required.
  2. The honors major requires 12 Political Science courses, 7 of which are required. Honors students must write a thesis of at least 35 pages of text and defend it before a panel of professors.

What are the Department's Learning Objectives? 

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the knowledge base of the field of political science and of its subfields, including American politics, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations.
  2. Students will develop skills in reasoning and critical thinking about political science issues.
  3. Students will demonstrate competency in information literacy and basic research.
  4. Students will speak and write effectively about political science issues.
  5. Students will learn to plan a professional future.