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Academic Plan

A political science major will prepare you for work in a variety of fields such as government, research and academia.

See below for a sample course sequence. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor your courses to fit your individual needs.

Fall
POSC 1710: Introduction to Political Science
CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
HIST: History course*
LANG: Foreign language course*

Winter
POSC 2010: American Government
ENGL: English literature course*
LANG: Foreign language course*
BIOL/PHYS/CHEM: Lab science course*

Fall
POSC 2250: World Politics
MATH: Mathematics course*
ART/MUSC/THTR: Fine arts course*
LANG: Foreign language course*

Winter
POSC 2200: Introduction to Comparative Government
ECON/SOCI: Social science course*
THEO/PHIL: Theology or philosophy course*
POSC: Political science elective

Fall
POSC: Political science elective
WOST/CRST: Women's studies or critical studies of race and ethnicity course*
THEO/PHIL: Theology or philosophy course*
EXSS: Exercise and sport science course*

Winter
Off-campus study (12 credits or more)

Fall
POSC: Political science elective
CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
THEO/PHIL: Theology or philosophy course*
EXSS: Exercise and sport science course*

Winter
POSC: Political science elective
POSC: Internship (recommended)
Elective
Elective

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

For detailed course descriptions visit the courses page.

Recommended supporting work:
If you are interested in political science as a major or minor you are encouraged to take ECON 2200: Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences to fulfill the mathematics/statistics core requirement.

Other recommended courses:

  • HIST 1300: Introduction to U.S. Historiography
  • HIST 1200: Survey of U.S. Political History
  • HIST 1050: Birth of Europe and the European States
  • HIST 1060: Modern Europe
  • ECON 2620: Principles of Macroeconomics

Writing Requirement

Political science majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing POSC 1710 and POSC 2200. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice).