Political Science Program (M., m.)
Department overview • History (M.,
m.) • Political science (M., m.) •
International relations (m.) •
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Political scientists seek to understand the basis of power in
society, how that power is organized and exercised, and its impact
on people's lives.
Objectives of the major are to:
- Acquaint the student with the great issues
- Analyze alternative approaches to those
- Develop the student's intelligent and
lasting interest in society and politics and
provide him or her with an environment for
learning active self governance.
- Service practical needs of students planning
a career involving the law, processes,
institutions, techniques and social and economic
environment of modern governments (areas
stressed are law, public administration, the
foreign service, journalism and business).
- Prepare students for graduate study with a
view toward teaching and/or research.
Political and social ideas, movements and institutions are
incomprehensible without adequate understanding of their
history. Likewise, the study of history profits from awareness
of political and social philosophies, institutions and concerns.
The political science major provides students with a mature
understanding of politics and history. The department offers
coursework in a program integrating history and political
science. While students can elect either a history or political
science degree, substantial coursework is required in both
disciplines for departmental majors.