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Four Concentrations for Majors

  • New! National Security & Civil Liberty
  • American Politics & Policy
  • International Politics
  • Law & Politics

Focus your studies in an area of special interest.
Concentrations appear on transcripts along with your major.
Deeply interested in politics?  Enhance your degree with two or even three concentrations!
As a major, you are not required to have a concentration.  However, to show graduate schools and employers your skills, a concentration is ideal.

Requirements for Majors Doing a Concentration

  • 15 core credits in political science
  • 15 elective credits in political science selected from the concentration's list of approved courses (below)
  • Multiple concentrations permitted.
  • Double count one course appearing on multiple lists of approved concentration courses.

Students must declare their concentration(s) using the Major/Minor declaration form found in DORI
Log into DORI>index>Liberal Arts>Resources for Undergraduate Students>Major/Minor Declaration Form

Approved Concentration Courses

American Politics & Policy
202: State and Local Politics
203: American Congress
220: Politics of Public Finance
222: Intelligence and Foreign Policy
235: Mass Media and Politics
255: American Foreign Policy
276: Elections, Campaigns, and Voting
290: American Political Thought
292W: Public Policy
294W: American Presidency
303: Politics of Immigration
314: Theological-Political Problem
326W: Constitutional Law and Politics: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
327W: Constitutional Law and Politics: The Powers of Government
380W: Controversies in Public Policy
405: Homeland Security
406W: Social and Public Policy Analysis
409: Public Administration
418: Politics of Civic Problems
420: Contemporary Political Thought
422W: American Defense Policy
424: Women and Politics
430: Internship in Practical Politics I (by permission of chair)
431: Internship in Practical Politics II (by permission of chair)
448W: American Presidency and the Constitution

International Politics
201: Human Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
205: Politics of Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Asia
208 or 209: Politics of Great Powers or Politics of Emerging Powers (if not taken as required course)
216: Foundations of IR Theory
255: American Foreign Policy
295: War & Peace in Nuclear Age
303: Politics of Immigration
315: German Foreign Policy
321: Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
345W: Security Ethics
348: Humanitarian Intervention
375: Catholic Theory and International Relations
385: International Law/Organization
360: Crisis Management
407: Terrorism
408W: Democracy, Security and World Politics
413W: Human Rights: Politics and Policy
419W: Ethnic Conflict: Politics & Policy
422W: American Defense Policy
429W: Comparative Intelligence Agencies
430: Internship in Practical Politics I (by permission of chair)
431: Internship in Practical Politics II (by permission of chair)
442: Global Public Policy
445: Global Economic Development
497: Advanced IR Theory

Law & Politics
203: The American Congress
290: American Political Thought
292W: Public Policy
301: Introduction to Legal Education, the Life of Lawyers and the Legal Profession
308: Post Conflict Justice and Reconciliation
326W: Constitutional Law and Politics: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
327W: Constitutional Law and Politics: The Powers of Government
345W: Security Ethics
380W: Controversies in Public Policy
385: International Law and Organization
409: Public Administration
413W: Human Rights: Politics and Policy
424: Women and Politics
430: Internship in Practical Politics I (by permission of chair)
431: Internship in Practical Politics II (by permission of chair)
448W: American Presidents and the Constitution

National Security & Civil Liberty
Civil Liberties Cone (any nine credits)
215: National Security and Liberty
326W: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties & Rights
327W: Constitutional Law: Powers of Government 
385: International Law/Organization
413W: Human Rights and Human Security: Politics, Policy and Law
National Security Cone (any six credits)
110: Current Problems in International Politics
116: Current Challenges for Liberal Democracies
255: American Foreign Policy
345W: Security Ethics
405: Homeland Security
422W: American Defense Policy
429W: Comparative Intelligence Agencies
430: Internship in Practical Politics (by permission of chair)