Political Science

Critical thinking, writing, analysis, and leadership skills are honed to prepare you for successful careers as effective politicians, lawyers, and activists in our rapidly changing world. Prepare to explore:

  • War, ethnic conflict, and terrorism;
  • Elections, political parties, and policy making;
  • Law and the judiciary;
  • Poverty, human rights, and climate change;
  • Freedom, justice, and equality.

Core courses (15 credits) in the Political Science major, regardless of concentration:

  • POSC 105: American National Government
  • POSC 208 or POSC 209: Politics of Great Powers or Politics of Emerging Powers
  • POSC 245: International Relations
  • POSC 298: Introduction to Political Analysis
  • POSC 317W or 318W: Western Political Thought I or II

15 additional elective credits in political science are required to complete the major.

"Political Science is a fluid, inspiring field. It is truly limitless in terms of the translation and flexibility if offers you."

Kendal Nasiadka, Senior Political Science Student


Program Type

Major, Minor





Required Credit Hours


Major Concentrations

Though not required, political science concentrations are ideal for students with an area of special interest. We offer four areas of focus:

The American Politics & Policy concentration examines the most pressing problems facing the nation today, as well as the political parties, institutions, and processes making policy to solve them.  This concentration is great preparation for careers in government, politics, policymaking, nonprofits, and business.
Common courses taken as a part of this concentration include:
  • POSC 202: State and Local Politics
  • POSC 203: American Congress
  • POSC 292W: Public Policy
  • POSC 294W: American Presidency
  • POSC 303: Politics of Immigration
With a concentration in International Politics, you will learn about the most important issues and theories in international relations, as well as the politics of other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the America. This concentration is ideal for students interested in careers in foreign affairs, international security, diplomacy, defense policy, nongovernmental organizations, and international business.
Common courses taken as a part of this concentration include:
  • POSC 205: Politics of Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Asia
  • POSC 208: Politics of Great Powers
  • POSC 209: Politics of Emerging Powers
  • POSC 255: American Foreign Policy
  • POSC 321: Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
Before entering law school, this concentration will help you gain an understanding of Constitutional law, international law, ethics, and legal careers. It is great preparation for anyone interested in law school, legal practice, law enforcement, and business.
Common courses taken as a part of this concentration include:
  • POSC 214: Politics, Religion, and Fundamental Rights
  • POSC 301: Introduction to Legal Education, the Life of Lawyers and the Legal Profession
  • POSC 326W: Constitutional Law and Politics: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • POSC 327W: Constitutional Law and Politics: The Powers of Government 
  • POSC 385: International Law and Organization
This concentration helps develop critical thinking about the relationship and tensions between America's fundamental liberties and quest for national security. Students interested in careers in civil rights, human rights, law, and political organizing will benefit from this concentration.
Common courses taken as a part of this concentration include:
  • POSC 215: National Security and Liberty
  • POSC 218: National Security in the 2020s
  • POSC 405: Homeland Security
  • POSC 413W: Human Rights and Human Security: Politics, Policy & Law

Minor in Political Science

Five Minors Available to Non-Political Science Majors:

  • National Security and Civil Liberty
  • American Politics and Policy
  • International Politics
  • Law and Politics
  • Political Science