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

(40 credits)

  • POLI 130 United States Politics and Government 
  • POLI 150 Introduction to International Studies
  • POLI 200 Research Methods
  • POLI 499 Senior Assessment (0 credit)
  • SSCI 224 Statistics for the Social Sciences
In addition, all majors must complete six POLI courses at or above the 200-level. Students may elect to focus on a particular area of political science (international relations and comparative politics, American politics, public administration or political philosophy). However, no focus area will be indicated on the final academic transcript. Students should consult with their advisors concerning the construction of an appropriate curriculum for completion of the major.
  • POLI 231 State and Local Politics
  • POLI 232 American Political Polarization
  • POLI 237 Courts and Justice in the U.S.
  • POLI 310 Fascism and Socialism
  • POLI 314 Classical and Medieval Political Thought
  • POLI 316 Modern Political Thought
  • POLI 317 American Political Thought
  • POLI 329 Political Communications
  • POLI 332 Parties and Elections
  • POLI 338 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLI 341 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
  • POLI 342 Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties
  • POLI 343 Administrative Law & Politics
  • POLI 345 Congress and the Presidency
  • POLI 346 Policy Analysis
  • POLI 348 Environmental Politics
  • POLI 350 International Relations
  • POLI 353 United States Foreign Policy
  • POLI 355 International Organizations
  • POLI 362 Globalization in the Developing World in the 21st Century
  • POLI 365 European Politics
  • POLI 368 Latin American Politics through Film, Art, Poetry and Music
  • POLI 410 Global Political Extremism
  • POLI 450 United Nations Seminar
  • POLI 389 or 489 Special Topics
  • POLI 490 Independent Study in Politics
  • POLI 492 Directed Research
  • POLI 494 Internship

Students are advised to take POLI 130 and POLI 150 as freshmen, and POLI 200 and SSCI 224 as sophomores.

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

Political Science Teaching Major

(40 credits)

The teaching major for secondary certification requires the same courses as the political science major.