Political Science

Mission

The Political Science program introduces students to the principles of political life and thinking; to the theoretical, methodological, historical, and policy dimensions of Political Science; and to help them understand what the role of a politically-aware citizen of the 21st century should be.

Goals

  • By offering three concentrations – Law & Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations – the department provides a program that fosters critical, independent thinking about politics and public life among our students.
  • Our department is committed to giving our students a foundation for lifelong learning, a foundation for them to exercise independent judgment about current and future political issues and events, and a desire to be a participant in the political process, not merely a passive spectator.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Know major political facts and issues in political science and an understanding of the impact of these facts and issues on individuals and society at large
  • Design and complete a significant research project grounded in scholarly literature and focusing on a political issue
  • Articulate the political dimensions of multicultural and pluralistic nature of US and global politics past and present through racial, ethnic, social, economic, sexual and gender differences
  • Analyze various perspectives of contemporary and historical debates
  • Utilize different theoretical perspectives to analyze the development of American government and the political system and American capitalism.
  • Articulate the relationship between domestic policy and global issues and enduring American ideals and values as well as socio-cultural practices
  • Critically analyze and communicate information from primary and secondary materials, evidence and arguments/issues regarding either American or global political issues

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science:
Law & Government Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Spring
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 (or EN 100 if needed) * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
LG 201 (Core Social Science 1 & Major) * Core Religious Studies *
Core Philosophy * SO 335*
PO 210 MA 210 (or MA 096/MA 100 if needed) *
  PO 230

Second Year

Fall Spring
PO 211 PO 212
PO 351 PO 324
ID 304 (Core Ethical Reasoning) * Core History *
EN (Core Literature) * Core Expressive Art *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Natural Science 2 *

Third Year

Fall Spring
PO 315 PO 313
ID 413 PO 311
PO 310 PO 306
Core Social Science 2 * Core Capstone Experience (1 Credit) *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

Fourth Year

Fall Spring
PO 403 or ID 413 LG 406 L/G Seminar or Justice Seminar
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science:
Comparative Politics Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Spring
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 (or EN 100 if needed) * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
LG 201 (Core Social Science 1 & Major) * Core Religious Studies *
Core Philosophy * MA 210 (or MA 096/MA 100 if needed) *
PO 210 PO 230

Second Year

Fall Spring
PO 211 PO 212
PO 325 Core History *
PO 351 Core Expressive Art *
ID 304 (Core Ethical Reasoning) * Core Natural Science 2 *
EN (Core Literature) *  
Core Natural Science 1 *  
Core Natural Science 2 *  

Third Year

Fall Spring
PO 331 PO 323
PO 330 PO 317
ID 413 Core Capstone Experience (1 Credit) *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

Fourth Year

Fall Spring
ID 413 PO 404 Comparative Politics Seminar
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science:
International Relations Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Spring
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 (or EN 100 if needed) * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN 105 if needed) *
LG 201 (Core Social Science 1 & Major) * Core Religious Studies *
Core Philosophy * MA2 10 (or MA 096/MA 100 if needed) *
PO 210 PO 230

Second Year

Fall Spring
PO 211 PO 231
PO 351 PO 212
ID 304 (Core Ethical Reasoning) * Core History *
EN (Core Literature) * Core Expressive Art *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Natural Science 2 *
Core Natural Science 2 *  

Third Year

Fall Spring
PO 336 PO 337
PO 330 PO 317
ID 413 Core Capstone Experience (1 Credit) *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

Fourth Year

Fall Spring
PO 345 PO 303 IR Seminar
ID 413 Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Courses Business & Social Science Pathway

Contact Information


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Dean's Office


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