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Political Science Major

All course selections should be made in consultation with the Student's Political Science Adviser.

All courses listed below are three credits. Majors must complete 28 credits in Political Science courses.

Introductory Courses-All students must take at least two of the following:
POLS 101 American Government
POLS 102 Public Policy
POLS 105 Comparative Politics
POLS 107 Contemporary Political Ideas
POLS 170 Global Perspectives

Area Courses and Area of Concentration
The student must take at least one course from four of the following five areas, with at least three courses in one category.

All courses listed below are three credits, except where indicated.

American Politics
POLS 101 American Government
POLS 250 State and Local Government
POLS 260 The Legal System
POLS 301 American Parties and Politics
POLS 338 The American Presidency
POLS 355 Women and Politics
POLS 361 Constitutional Law I: Approaches to Interpretation
POLS 362 Constitutional Law II: Issues of Equality
POLS 385 Race, Wealth, and Inequality in American Politics

Comparative Politics:
POLS 105 Comparative Politics
POLS 340 Politics in the Developing World
POLS 346 Politics in Latin America

International Relations:
POLS 170 Global Perspectives
POLS 315 International Conflict: Peace and War in the Modern World
POLS 316 Contemporary World Politics
POLS 318 China in World Affairs
POLS 320 American Foreign Policy
POLS 373 International Relations of Latin America

Political Theory:
POLS 107 Contemporary Political Ideologies
POLS 351 Foundations of Liberal Democracy
POLS 352 Capitalism and Modernity
POLS 353 Democracy and Mass Politics

Public Policy and Administration:
POLS 102 American Government: Public Policy
POLS 331 Administration of Public Policy
POLS 336 Environmental Policy
POLS 337 Financial Crisis
POLS 386 Private Governance

Research Practicum: All students must take POLS 390, a 1-credit course.
Senior Inquiry: All students must take POLS 490 in their Senior year.

Required supporting courses (6 credits):
1. Economics-Select one from the following:
       ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
       ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
2. History or Statistics-One course selected in consultation with the student's Political Science Adviser.


Political Science Minor

Summary: 18 credits in Political Science. Students may, with the approval of their adviser, substitute up to three credits of appropriate work outside the department. (Such outside credits should be beyond the minimum requirements for any other major or minor the student is pursuing.) Students must complete at least nine credits in Political Science at or above the 300 level.  At least nine of the Political Science credits must be from one of the areas of concentration described below.

Areas of Concentration for the Minor
All courses listed below are three credits, except where indicated.

American Politics and Institutions
POLS 101 American Government
POLS 250 State and Local Government
POLS 260 The Legal System
POLS 301 American Parties and Politics
POLS 338 The American Presidency
POLS 355 Women and Politics
POLS 361 Constitutional Law I: Approaches to Interpretation
POLS 362 Constitutional Law II: Issues of Equality
POLS 385 Race, Wealth, and Inequality in American Politics

Comparative Politics:
POLS 105 Comparative Politics
POLS 340 Politics in the Developing World
POLS 346 Politics in Latin America

International Relations:
POLS 170 Global Perspectives
POLS 315 International Conflict: Peace and War in the Modern World
POLS 316 Contemporary World Politics
POLS 318 China in World Affairs
POLS 320 American Foreign Policy
POLS 373 International Relations of Latin America

Political Theory:
POLS 107 Contemporary Political Ideologies
POLS 351 Foundations of Liberal Democracy
POLS 352 Capitalism and Modernity
POLS 353 Democracy and Mass Politics

Public Policy and Administration:
POLS 102 American Government: Public Policy
POLS 331 Administration of Public Policy
POLS 336 Environmental Policy
POLS 337 Financial Crisis
POLS 386 Private Governance