Mar 20, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science

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Degree Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The Department of Political Science seeks to instill in its graduates a variety of skills and levels of knowledge that will serve them regardless of the profession they ultimately choose. Among these objectives are:

  1. To enhance their abilities to communicate in both written and oral form;
  2. To enhance their ability to think through and compare competing theories and information utilizing logical and analytical means.
  3. To be knowledgeable in the six subfields of the discipline including major trends, debates, theories, and methods.
  4. To be prepared for graduate study in political science or a related discipline such as law.


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Undergraduate Major

Political Science

Department Policies

Special Areas of Interest

American Politics
Public Policy
Public Law
International Relations/Foreign Policy
Comparative Politics
Political Theory

Course Distribution

Students must take 30 political science credits at the 300–400 level. Courses must be selected from all six areas and be distributed as follows:

  1. Two courses in three areas
  2. One course in a fourth, fifth and sixth area

Political Science Culminating Experience


Internships may be taken as general electives.


For academic advising, students should contact the College of Liberal Arts Wilson Advising Center. Majors and minors should see a faculty advisor for career advising and for more specialized academic advising.

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