Political Science

RICHARD L. CONOLLY COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

B.A. in Political Science


The American Political Science Association has developed a broad description of the discipline. “Political Science,” it says, “is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior.” The profession’s sub-fields include American politics, political philosophy, comparative politics, international relations and a host of related fields such as policy studies, political geography, political economy, and studies of particular countries or geographic areas. Political scientists use a variety of approaches to examine the process, systems and political dynamics of all countries and regions of the world.

Students majoring in political science must complete a 30-credit course of study. Several required courses introduce students to the discipline’s traditional sub-fields and to different methods of analysis. There is also considerable room for student choice within the major, and the department offers ample opportunities for independent study, honors theses and internships. 

For additional information: please see the Bulletin.

Required Courses

POL 11

Power and Politics

3.00

POL 185

Seminar: Political Inquiry

3.00

Select one (1) course from the following:

POL 150

World Politics

3.00

POL 151

American Foreign Policy

3.00

Select one (1) course from the following:

POL 170

Classical Political Theory

3.00

POL 171

Modern Political Theory

3.00

Select one (1) course from

POL 129-149

3.00

Select one (1) course from

POL 152-159

 

                        3.00

Select one (1) course from

POL 160-169

 

                        3.00

Select one (1) course from

SSC 223

Senior Capstone

3.00

SSC 224

Senior Capstone

3.00