Ten courses are required to complete a Political Science major. Core requirements form a developmental arc and must be taken in order. The Great Questions introductory course is a prerequisite for Political Research and Analysis, which is a prerequisite for the Senior Capstone. Students choose one of three thematic concentrations for elective coursework: public service, law and leadership; political change and advocacy; or regional and international security.
Public Service, Law and Leadership
This concentration prepares students for public service associated with international or domestic affairs. It is also appropriate for students interested in law school or graduate study in public policy or public administration. Students might explore the following topics: theories of leadership and leadership skills; political communication and problem-solving; power and leadership in political theory; presidential politics; creation and implementation of domestic and international law and public policy, and the like.
Political Change and Advocacy
This concentration prepares students for careers in nonprofit organizations, campaign management, community organizing and/or political lobbying, as students learn about political systems and institutions so that they can become more effective in advocating for change. This track is appropriate for students interested in domestic or international affairs. Students might explore the following topics: creation of persuasive campaigns; political psychology; political messages and elections; dynamics of public opinion; analysis of gender, race, class, and other inequalities.
International and Regional Security
This concentration focuses mainly on international affairs, although students could choose to emphasize U.S. national security. With this emphasis, students will gain a greater understanding of global security and the roles of international organizations, state and nonstate actors in facilitating stability or inciting conflict. Students might explore the following topics: international and regional security; diplomacy, conflict resolution; globalization; human rights; terrorism and counter terrorism; cyber security; transnational crime, and the like.