Political Science Major

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Students who major in political science concentrate their studies on the workings of government and public decision-making at the community, national and global levels. Their work includes understanding theories that explain political behavior, how various systems of government work, and how political decisions affect individuals, groups and entire societies. Because of their broad knowledge of factual information, analytical, communication and research skills, political science graduates often pursue careers in fields such as law, teaching, government and public/non-profit administration.

Course Study Curriculum

Learning Outcomes for Political Science

Upon completion of the Political Science degree program, graduates will:

  1. Identify and define the major terms and concepts used in the study of political phenomena.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of major theories used to explain political behavior.
  3. Identify similarities and differences that exist among major political systems throughout the world.
  4. Explain the structure and function of major political institutions in the United States.
  5. Use computer-based technology and quantitative methods to conduct research on political issues.
  6. Demonstrate sufficient academic and related skills to successfully pursue professional employment or graduate study.
Course Credit Requirements for a Major in Political Science
Courses Credits
General Education 61
Major Courses 36
      PSC 300 Introduction to Political Science 3
      PSC 304 American National Government 3
      PSC 305 Constitutional Law 3
      PSC 306 State and Local Government 3
      PSC 351 Comparative Government 3
      PSC 361 American Foreign Policy 3
      PSC 401 International Relations 3
      PSC 404 Public Administration and Public Policy 3
      PSC 407 Politics of Developing Nations 3
      PSC 408 Senior Seminar in Political Science 3
      SSC 401 Introduction to Social Research 3
Other Required Courses 1
      JRS 300 Junior Seminar 1
Minor Courses /Electives 18
Electives 12
TOTAL 128

Minors

  • Students majoring in other disciplines who want to minor in International Relations are required to complete the following courses:

    Course Credit Requirements for a Minor in International Relations
    Courses Credits
    PSC 304 Introduction to Political Science 3
    PSC 305 American National Government 3
    PSC 351 Comparative Government 3
    PSC 361 American Foreign Policy 3
    PSC 401 International Relations 3
    PSC 410 Political Thought 3
    TOTAL 18

  • Students majoring in other disciplines who want to minor in Political Science are required to complete the following courses:

    Course Credit Requirements for a Minor in Political Science
    Courses Credits
    PSC 300 Introduction to Political Science 3
    PSC 304 American National Government 3
    PSC 306 State and Local Government 3
    PSC 351 Comparative Government 3
    PSC 410 Political Thought 3
    SSC 401 Introduction to Social Research 3
    TOTAL 18