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 it provides training in the four sub-fields of politics: American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations. Second, it emphasizes the normative and philosophical dimensions of politics and public policy.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017

Please refer to the Online College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond

Freshman Year

Conversatio I - Conversatio II

Freshman English (or Other Core Requirement) - Freshman English (or Other Core Requirement)

Language - Language

American Politics - International Relations

In the sophomore year: Politics majors generally take their comparative politics and political theory requirements. Depending on initial placement, they may also be completing their modern or classical language requirement. The remainder of their schedules can be filled by major (Politics Department) electives, other core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

In the junior year: Politics majors generally take two major electives over the course of the year, and their research methods requirement in the spring semester. Students who study abroad will need to take Research Methods at a different time. The rest of students' schedules can be occupied with core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

In the senior year: Politics majors generally take two major electives over the course of the year, and their senior seminar requirement in the fall semester. The rest of their schedules can be occupied with core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

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 it provides training in the four sub-fields of politics: American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations. Second, it emphasizes the normative and philosophical dimensions of politics and public policy.

Major requirements include:

 

    Course Requirements:

    Students must take a minimum of 10 courses, listed below.

    • PO 102 - American Government
    • PO 104 - Comparative Politics
    • PO 106 - International Relations
    • PO 203 - Political Science Research Methods

    • One political theory course

      One political theory course:

    • PO 208 - Elements of Political Theory: Classical
    • or
    • PO 209 - Elements of Political Theory: Modern

    • Four electives taken from any of the other courses offered by the Politics Department

    • PO 478 - Senior Seminar
    • Senior comprehensive exam

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