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Politics

The major in Politics introduces students to the main themes, issues and questions of the academic study of politics, and rests upon two related bases: first is to provide training in the four sub-fields of politics. Second, to pay attention to the normative and philosophical dimensions of politics and public policy. 

Course Requirements: Students must take a minimum of 12 courses, listed below.
PO102 American Government
PO104 Comparative Politics
PO106 International Relations
PO203 Political Science Research Methods
Two Political Theory courses including either PO208 Elements of Political Theory: Classical or PO209 Elements of Political Theory: Modern
PO478 Senior Seminar
Five electives taken from any of the other courses offered by the politics department. 

Washington Internship and Study Abroad: Students are strongly encouraged to gain real political experience during their undergraduate years through study abroad, travel and internships.

Senior Comprehensive Examination: All students must take a written and oral comprehensive exam in their senior year.

Freshman Year
Humanities I Humanities II
Freshman English 103 Freshman English 104
Science Science
Language Language
American Politics
International Relations

 

Sophomore Year
Humanities III Humanities IV
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Language Language
Political Theory / Elective
Political Theory / Elective
Comparative Politics
Politics Elective

 

Junior Year
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Political Theory Elective
Methods Requirement
Politics Elective
Politics Elective
General Elective General Elective
General Elective General Elective

 

Senior Year
Philosophy/Theology Philosophy/Theology
Senior Seminar Politics Elective
Politics Elective General Elective
General Elective General Elective
General Elective General Elective