Political Science Major

Hillary Clinton
Students who declare a major in political science must complete a probationary period, after which the department will review their progress to determine whether they will be granted full admission to the degree program. Each spring the academic progress of all majors is reviewed. Faculty members in the Political Science Department work closely with students to help set high academic standards and to assist them in achieving their goals. An overall 2.5 grade point average is required for admission to the major. Completion of all college requirements and a 2.5 grade point average in the major courses are required.

All students complete eight required political science courses and seven political science electives from among the many courses offered by the department. Pre-approved off-campus study and cognate courses from other disciplines may be used to fulfill political science elective courses. The department’s requirements allow political science students the opportunity to declare a minor in a discipline of their choosing, and still graduate in four years. Likewise, many students who graduate in four years have completed the requirements for a second major in field related to political science.

See the Graduate Schools Political Science Students Have Attended.

Topics of Study:
  • American Government
  • International Relations
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Contemporary Issues in Politics
  • American Congress
  • American Presidency
  • State and Local Politics
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Political Theory
  • American Political Thought
  • Statistics in Social Science
  • Research Methods in Social Science


Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

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