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Political Science

Professors: Benze, DiSarro (chair), Gai, Misawa 

 Visiting Assistant Professor: Fifer

The political science department recognizes the importance of a discipline-based education within a strong liberal arts tradition. Specifically, the department seeks to impart to our students the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in a political science-related field such as academia, government, law, or international affairs. Students also master a specific core of discipline-based knowledge and an understanding of their civic responsibilities in a global community. The department provides faculty mentoring, not only through academic advising but also through career counseling and exposing our students to practical political experience.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: Political science majors are required to successfully complete 10 courses. The distribution of the 10 courses is as follows: three introductory courses: POL 110 , 111 , and 120 ; three courses at the 300 level or above: one course each from American Government/Public Policy (POL 302 , 310 , 312 , 313 , 314 , 315 , 411 , and 412 ), international/comparative politics (POL 320 , 321 , 322 , 330 , and 331), and normative/empirical theories (POL 340 , 341 , and 342 ); three electives; and one capstone experience chosen from the following options: a directed independent study, POL 450 field experience, or a 400-level seminar. The department must approve all capstone experiences and students must submit a proposal for their capstone experience to the department chair by March 1 of their junior year.

NOTE: An appropriate philosophy course may satisfy the political science major requirement in normative/empirical theories with the approval of the department chair. MTH 225 is recommended for prospective graduate school students. Foreign language proficiency at the intermediate level or above is recommended for majors who intend to pursue international careers or graduate studies in international/comparative politics.

AP Policy: Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the Comparative Government and Politics AP test receive credit for a POL elective course (POL 100AP). Students scoring a 5 on the U.S. Government and Politics AP test receive credit for POL 111. Students scoring a 4 on the U.S. Government and Politics AP test receive credit for a POL elective course (POL 100AP).

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