The political science major provides a solid background in the theoretical and analytical concepts of political science and stimulates thought and action so the student can understand, if not control, the political factors that shape destiny.
The study of political science is not viewed as an end, but as a tool to further the objectives of a humane community.
Coursework develops sound research, writing principles and the impetus to objectively pursue methods of understanding. Political Science majors find a variety of career options in business, government at all levels, law, and teaching.
*MINOR: The history and political science department offers a minor made up of 18 credits in political science. Students wishing to minor in political science should consult the department chair.
**Note: Students must take HIS 401: Historiography Seminar or SOC/PSY 341: Research Methods I or MAT 118: Introduction to Statistics, in consultation with the department chair.
Special RequirementsA QPA of 2.33 (C+) is required in political science courses for the major.
Learning OutcomesPolitical Science majors will:
demonstrate the ability to identify and classify various types of political and economic systems operating in the contemporary world arena that reflect a broad, general knowledge about the roles and functions of government
apply the various patterns and tools of foreign policy as well as the various theories of decision-making to a political issue to demonstrate a broad knowledge of international politics
display a well-founded perspective on contemporary intra and intergovernmental issues and problems, both global and domestic
articulate a critical understanding of the political ideas, theories, and ideologies that brought governmental institutions into being and sustain their existence
identify, explain, and analyze the various methods and procedures used by the political system to meet the demands of their citizens with public policy
complete a written research project on a topic in political science, presented orally to peers, faculty members, and the college community, that demonstrates mastery of the subject matter, critical thinking, decision-making, and the synthetic and analytical skills appropriate for undergraduate major in political science