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The major in Political Science seeks to prepare students for:

  • graduate study in politics, government, and related fields, including area studies, public policy and public administration
  • law school
  • careers in government and public affairs
  • work in the private and non-profit sectors that require knowledge of government and politics

Requirements

Requirements for a Political Science Major are 38 hours of Political Science and International Relations courses that include:

  • Introductory courses in three sub-fields of the discipline - American government, political philosophy, and comparative politics or international politics (12 hours).
  • A two course sequence in methodology – a 2 hour course in Political Research and a 4 hour course in statistics (Math 263). 
  • 4 hour internship
  • Senior seminar
  • 14 hours of electives

Requirements for a Political Science Major are 36 hours of Political Science and International Relations courses that include 16 hours of courses in the four major sub-fields of the discipline of political science, a course in research methods, a 4 credit hour internship, a senior seminar and ten hours of electives.

A total of 36 hours of political science credits is required for the major.

Core Courses in Political Science

  • PSCI 135 American Politics and Government 4
  • PSCI 145 Political Philosophy 4
  • IR 155 Comparative Politics** 4
  • IR 175 International Politics** 4
  • PSCI 342 Research Methods 4
  • PSCI 494 Senior Seminar 2
  • PSCI 496 Internship 4

**Students may substitute the following courses for these core requirements:
For IR 155 students may substitute 4 hours from IR 353-3598, 362, 377, 415
For IR 175 students may substitute 4 hours from IR 352, 372, 376, 378, 379

Electives

Students may choose electives from any PSCI offerings or IR offerings numbered as follows: 353-358; 372-379. (See the listing below of potential courses.)

Following is a listing of potential elective courses in Political Science and International Relations.

American Politics

  • PSCI 271 Introduction to Law (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 331 Interest Groups (2 hrs.) [Wheaton in WA]
  • PSCI 332 Media in Politics (2 hrs.) [Wheaton in WA]
  • PSCI 381 Constitutional Law (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 383 Religion and American Politics (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 384 Presidency (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 385 Urban Politics (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 386 Congress and American Politics (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 387 Campaigns & Elections (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 388 Church-State Relations (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 421x Urban Policy Seminar (4 hrs.)

Comparative Politics

  • IR 353 Comparative Public Policy (4 hrs.)
  • IR 355 Latin American Politics (4 hrs.)
  • IR 356 European Politics (4 hrs.)
  • IR 357 Third World Politics (4 hrs.)

International Relations

  • IR 372 International Law (2 hrs.) 
  • IR 376 Ethics and Foreign Policy (2 hrs)
  • IR 378 American Foreign Relations (4 hrs.)
  • IR 379 International Political Economy (4 hrs.)

Political Theory

  • PSCI 341 Topics in Political Theory (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 346 Ancient Political Thought (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 347 Renaissance and Modern Political Philosophy (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 348 American Political Thought (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 349 Christian Political Thought (2 hrs.)

The major in Political Science seeks to prepare students for:

  • graduate study in politics, government, and related fields, including area studies, public policy and public administration
  • law school
  • careers in government and public affairs
  • work in the private and non-profit sectors that require knowledge of government and politics

Requirements

Requirements for a Political Science Major are 38 hours of Political Science and International Relations courses that include:

  • Introductory courses in three sub-fields of the discipline - American government, political philosophy, and comparative politics or international politics (12 hours).
  • A two course sequence in methodology – a 2 hour course in Political Research and a 4 hour course in statistics (Math 263). 
  • 4 hour internship
  • Senior seminar
  • 14 hours of electives

Requirements for a Political Science Major are 36 hours of Political Science and International Relations courses that include 16 hours of courses in the four major sub-fields of the discipline of political science, a course in research methods, a 4 credit hour internship, a senior seminar and ten hours of electives.

A total of 36 hours of political science credits is required for the major.

Core Courses in Political Science

  • PSCI 135 American Politics and Government 4
  • PSCI 145 Political Philosophy 4
  • IR 155 Comparative Politics** 4
  • IR 175 International Politics** 4
  • PSCI 342 Research Methods 4
  • PSCI 494 Senior Seminar 2
  • PSCI 496 Internship 4

**Students may substitute the following courses for these core requirements:
For IR 155 students may substitute 4 hours from IR 353-3598, 362, 377, 415
For IR 175 students may substitute 4 hours from IR 352, 372, 376, 378, 379

Electives

Students may choose electives from any PSCI offerings or IR offerings numbered as follows: 353-358; 372-379. (See the listing below of potential courses.)

Following is a listing of potential elective courses in Political Science and International Relations.

American Politics

  • PSCI 271 Introduction to Law (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 331 Interest Groups (2 hrs.) [Wheaton in WA]
  • PSCI 332 Media in Politics (2 hrs.) [Wheaton in WA]
  • PSCI 381 Constitutional Law (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 383 Religion and American Politics (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 384 Presidency (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 385 Urban Politics (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 386 Congress and American Politics (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 387 Campaigns & Elections (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 388 Church-State Relations (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 421x Urban Policy Seminar (4 hrs.)

Comparative Politics

  • IR 353 Comparative Public Policy (4 hrs.)
  • IR 355 Latin American Politics (4 hrs.)
  • IR 356 European Politics (4 hrs.)
  • IR 357 Third World Politics (4 hrs.)

International Relations

  • IR 372 International Law (2 hrs.) 
  • IR 376 Ethics and Foreign Policy (2 hrs)
  • IR 378 American Foreign Relations (4 hrs.)
  • IR 379 International Political Economy (4 hrs.)

Political Theory

  • PSCI 341 Topics in Political Theory (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 346 Ancient Political Thought (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 347 Renaissance and Modern Political Philosophy (4 hrs.)
  • PSCI 348 American Political Thought (2 hrs.)
  • PSCI 349 Christian Political Thought (2 hrs.)