Students who major in the area of political science study the structure and processes of governement, both formal and informal, at all levels relating both to American society and comparable institutions in other countries.
Problems which are studied include the increasing influence of government on individuals and groups, the ordering of large human groups, the freedom of the individual, his/her equality and responsibilities in a growing complex and pluralized society, the nature and meaning of democracy, influence of clashing political ideologies and movements, and international relations including peace and war.
Students who study political science in a liberal arts setting are better prepared for numerous vocational opportunities of an administrative, investigative, or analytical nature both in government (at national, state, and local levels) and private industry; for research and teaching positions in political science and government; and as preparation for international service, for law and other professional careers.
|Course #||Credit Hours||Course Name|
|_____||POLS 190||3||Introduction to Political Science*|
|_____||POLS 200||3||American National Government|
|_____||POLS 220||3||International Studies|
|_____||SOCI 250||3||Social Sciences Research Methods|
|_____||PSYC 260||3||Statistics & Data Analysis*|
|_____||POLS 550||3||Senior Seminar|
|Plus three courses from any one category and five other courses on this list?|
|_____||POLS 330||3||International Relations (Track Required)|
|_____||POLS 340||3||International Law|
|_____||POLS 440||3||Political Theory|
|_____||RELG 360||3||Christian Church Through the Ages|
|_____||HIST 320||3||Europe in the Middle Ages|
|OR||HIST 340||3||17th and 18th Centuries|
|OR||HIST 420||3||19th and 20th Centuries|
|_____||POLS 320||3||Comparative Government (Track Required)|
|_____||POLS 425||3||American Elections|
|_____||RELG 280||3||Religions of the World*|
|_____||ENGL 365||3||19th and 20th Century World Masterpieces*|
|_____||HIST 375||3||Modern Latin America|
|_____||INST 390||4||Seminar in Contemporary Europe|
|_____||GEOG 300||3||World Geography|
|American (Pre-Law Track)|
|_____||POLS 225/425||3||American Elections|
|_____||POLS 370||3||American Legal History|
|_____||POLS 415||3||American Foreign Politics|
|_____||POLS 440||3||Political Ideology|
|_____||POLS 310||3||Constitutional Law|
|_____||HIST 400||3||U.S. in the 20th Century|
|_____||CJUS 320||3||Corrections in the 21st Century|
|_____||CJUS 450||3||Criminal Courts and Procedures|
Foreign Language: Three semesters of one modern foreign language are required. (See policy on placement in courses)
Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.
* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements.
Among requirements for graduation, the student must have at least a 2.00 average in the major and must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the major division or department.