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Political Science Curriculum

Understanding of the purposes, organization, and operation of political institutions, both domestic and international, is the focus of this major. Students are challenged to examine current issues, explore government in the United States, and evaluate political systems throughout the world.

Off-campus study opportunities are available at several levels of local, state, and federal government. The Washington Semester, Washington Center of Learning Alternatives, and United Nations Semester are especially interesting. Students also have been placed regularly in internship programs in governmental and non-governmental organizations.

PSC 1010: Introduction to Politics 
PSC 1020: International Relations 
PSC 1040: American Government and Politics 
MAT 2090: Statistical Methods 
PSC 2012: Research Methods in Political Science (W course) 

Either (only one of these courses will count toward the major):
PHR 2085: Social and Political Philosophy
or
PSC 2110: Political Thought

Either:
PSC 2030: Comparative Politics-European
or
PSC 2040: Comparative Politics-Asian

Capstone Experience:
PSC 4595 Senior Seminar and Thesis I 1.0
PSC 4596 Senior Seminar and Thesis II 1.0


American Politics Concentration:
Either:
HIS 1400: United States History I Through 1877
or
HIS 1401: United States History II 1865 to Present

Any five courses from the following:
PSC 2020: State and Local Government and Politics
PSC 2410: Public Policy 
PSC 3013: Political Communication 
PSC 3040: American Courts and the Law (W course) 
PSC 3400: American Political Parties 
PSC 3540: Congress: Legislative Strategy and Behavior (W course)
PSC 3550: The American Presidency (W course) 

Students taking the American Politics Concentration are encouraged to take courses in American History, American Literature, American Studies, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, or Women’s Studies in fulfillment of their General Education requirements.


World Politics Concentration:

One of the following:
HIS 1500: European History I 
HIS 1501: European History II 
HIS 1600: Asian History I 
HIS 1601: Asian History II

One of the following that was not used to meet the Core Requirements:
PSC 2030 Comparative Politics – European
or
PSC 2040 Comparative Politics - Asian

Any four courses from the following:
PSC* Model U.N. Security Council 
PSC 3030: The United States in the World Arena
PSC 3050: International Law and World Politics 
PSC 3060: International Conflict and Cooperation (W course)
PSC 3070: Developmental Politics (W course) 
ECO 3200: International Trade and Finance 

*With at the most one Model UN course. The Model U.N. Security Council course numbers to choose from are PSC 2910, 2911, 2912, 2913, and 3900.

Students taking the World Politics Concentration are encouraged to take courses in European or Asian History, Anthropology, Languages, Economics, or other related fields in fulfillment of their General Education Requirements.


Public Affairs Concentration:

ECO 2010: Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 2020: Principles of Macroeconomics 
PSC 2020: State and Local Government and Politics 
PSC 2410: Public Policy 
PSC 3011: Public Administration (W course) 
PSC 3540: Congress: Legislative Strategy and Behavior (W course) 

Students taking the Public Affairs Concentration are encouraged to take courses in American History, American Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s Studies, or in subjects that have a relevant policy focus in fulfillment of their General Education Requirements.


In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.