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Political Science Major

The discipline of political science seeks to describe and to explain political phenomena, including both foreign and domestic political institutions, the political process, political behavior, and contemporary political and security issues.  Students often ask what they can accomplish by majoring in political science.  Students learn the following skills in political science courses:

  • Critical thinking.
  • Understanding the relationships of individuals with their governments.
  • Learning the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

The major has especially strong appeal for those who anticipate careers in law and government, particularly in the Foreign Service, Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, intelligence agencies, the military services of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, and US Coast Guard, as well as a broad range of ancillary civilian and government organizations.

Majors are required to take 14 courses in upper level political science courses.  Each major must select one of the following departmental subfields for specialization in the junior and senior years.

  • American Government and Politics
  • International Politics and Military Affairs
  • Pre-Law and Legal Studies