Students may complete either a major or minor in Political Science. A major requires thirty-one hours of coursework in the department, while students must complete eighteen department hours for a minor. Students also have the option of majoring in International Politics and Politics & Public Law.
The major is a sensible blend of academic structure and individual independence in course selection. Program requirements are designed to provide students with a wide breadth of exposure to the important subfields of Political Science as well as an opportunity to concentrate upon chosen areas of emphasis. Students will complete a required course in each of the major sub-fields in Political Science: American Government; International Relations; Comparative Politics; Political Theory; and Scope and Methods. Each major will also produce an independent research thesis in her/his senior year that will be presented at the university's campus research symposium.