Political science requirements
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 of politics.
- Analyze alternative approaches to those issues.
- 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.
- Serve 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.
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