Politics affect virtually all aspects of our cultural, economic, religious and social lives, and almost all public decisions are made through collective political activity.

Political Science Major Requirements

Political Science Major

(11 courses)

Core Requirements:

  • POLI 130 / AMER 130 United States Politics and Government 
  • POLI 150 / INTL 150 Introduction to International Studies or POLI 160 / INTL 160 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLI 200 Research Methodology and Techniques 
  • SSCI 224 Basic Statistics or BUAD 284 or MATH 321
  • Three Political Science course electives 200 level or above

One course from each content area:

Political Thought:

  • POLI 314 Classical and Medieval Political Thought 
  • POLI 316 Modern Political Thought 
  • POLI 317 American Political Thought 

United States Politics:

  • POLI 231 State and Local Politics 
  • POLI 332 Political Parties and Elections 
  • POLI 335 Congress and Legislatures 
  • POLI 336 / LEAD 336 Executive Leadership 
  • POLI 337 Judicial Process and Behavior 
  • POLI 341 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
  • POLI 342 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights/ Liberties
  • POLI 353 United States Foreign Policy

Public Policy/Administration:

  • POLI 338 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLI 343 Administrative Law & Politics
  • POLI 346 Policy Analysis
  • POLI 348 Environmental Politics

Students are advised to take POLI 130 / AMER 130 and POLI 150 / INTL 150 or POLI 160 / INTL 160 as freshmen, SSCI 224 and POLI 200 as sophomores and one course in each of the four content areas (Political Thought, United States Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, and Public Policy/Administration) during the sophomore, junior and senior years.

Students are encouraged to attend the Washington Semester, Washington Media Institute, and/or study abroad.


Political Science Teaching Major

The teaching major for secondary certification requires the same courses as the Political Science major.