Political Science Major
The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science consists of 36 to 45 credits of coursework in Political Science, and a Practicum involving 75 to 100 hours of practical experience in politics, law or government. 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 four areas: American Politics, International Politics, Political Communication, and Law & 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.
The major in Political Science is led by a group of dedicated teachers and scholars. Three of our faculty have won the Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (given to one professor in the College each year by student vote). 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, gender, media freedom, and the psychology of politics. We have specialists in the politics of Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
More information on admission requirements, courses and course descriptions is available in the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Catalog.