Course of Study
In planning a course of study in Political Science, students are strongly urged to pay attention to the course numbering system. The level of a course number, i.e. 100,200, 300, or 400 is usually important. Courses at higher levels normally build on or develop material from courses at lower levels. For example, the 200 level courses serve as introductions to the various subfields. Thus in a given subfield, students should try to take 200 level courses before 300, and 300 before 400. In a given semester, students may be taking a 200 level course in one area, while doing advanced work in another; there is no need to take all the 200 level offerings before moving on to . the more advanced levels.
A few exceptions need to be noted. The Advanced Seminar (436) as its name suggests is to be taken as the capstone to one's study of politics. This course gives students a chance to do intensive work in a specialized area of the discipline that is of particular interest to the faculty member teaching it that semester.
Students who elect to take Quantitative Analysis (427) may well want to take this course at an earlier point in their studies than the number would suggest, for the skills and techniques of research and analysis taught here can be extremely helpful in gaining a critical understanding of the material students will learn in their other courses.
The Internship in Practical Politics (430) gives the student an opportunity to spend one semester working on responsible political activity and constituency service in the office of a state or federal representative. It is taken as a regular academic course. The student receives four academic credits, while being expected to work 16 hours each week of the semester in the political office. The internship program is competitive; only a few interns are placed each semester. While there are no prerequisites for the program, American National Government (105) and the American Congress (203) are good courses to have taken.