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Academics

The Political Science Department offers the following degree options:
BA in Political Science
Minor in Political Science
Minor in Pre-Law

Through a Political Science degree, students will:

  • Look in depth at the fundamental concepts and values that underlie human decision-making.
  • Examine the social and political structures and processes through which such decisions are shaped and carried out.
  • Learn to analyze complex organizational and legal phenomena.
  • Survey the inventiveness of cultures in devising ways to provide government.
  • Gain additional understanding from closely related social sciences, such as economics, history, anthropology and psychology.

In acquiring this knowledge, Political Science majors will be challenged to extend their analytical and research skills, to polish their talents for written and oral communication and to sharpen their abilities for rigorous and independent judgment.

Students majoring in political science can choose from courses focused on the idea of justice and the nature of power, international government and politics, politics in the United States, political theories, environmental policy, criminal law and gender politics.