Department of Political Science

Programs of Study

Political Science Major

The major in Political Science is led by a group of dedicated teachers and scholars. In both 2013 and 2014, one of our faculty have won the Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, chosen by student vote among all of the professors in the ten Departments of the College. Our scholars focus on diverse fields such as public opinion, political communication and rhetoric, constitutional law, campaigns & elections, political theory, human rights, violence & crime, the politics of sports, media freedom, gender, human rights, and the psychology of politics. We have specialists in the politics of Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. We even have the Chancellor of the University (an alum of the department) teaching a course on the Congress.

The major begins with an introductory course in American Government, Comparative Politics or International Relations, and two classes on the methods and skills of the discipline. Our faculty practice many approaches to political knowledge, including surveys, historical studies, anthropological fieldwork, interviewing and laboratory experiments. Students take upper level courses in three areas: American Government, Law & Theory and International Politics, completing the major with a practical experience in local government, law or a service organization. Because many of our majors pursue careers in law and related fields, the Department offers a variety of courses in constitutional interpretation, legal process, and other aspects of American and international law.

More information, on courses and course descriptions, is available in the undergraduate catalog.

Political Science Minor

The department also offers a minor in political science, which aids students in the pursuit of careers in law, foreign service, business, military, higher education, non-profit organizations and public service. 

For more information, such as course and degree requirements, please visit the undergraduate catalog.