Courses and Focused Study

Selecting Courses
Because people major in politics for many reasons, we offer great flexibility in how you complete the major.  What follows are the requirements and then various ways you can arrange your electives to tailor the program to your interests.

The requirements are as follows:

Major requirements:

Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to World Politics

Two Intermediate (200 level) classes

The American Presidency
Constitutional Law
Legislative Politics and Policy

Three 300 level classes

One elective (200 or 300 Level)

Seminar in Political Science

Statistics (MATH 117)

Here are some suggested sequences of courses for those with identified interests:


General Politics:

  • Presidency
  • Legislative Politics and Policy
  • Constitutional Law and Politics
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Judicial Politics and Policy
  • American Legal Systems
  • Politics of Latin America
  • Bureaucratic Politics

Law:

  • American Legal Systems
  • Judicial Politics and Policy
  • U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics
  • Law, Theory, and Justice
  • American Political Thought
  • Judicial Internship
  • Mock Trial (extracurricular)

Public Administration:

  • Budgeting
  • Policy Analysis
  • Bureaucratic Politics
  • Presidency
  • Public Management
  • American Legal Systems
  • Legislative Politics and Policy
  • Administrative Internship

Campaigns and Elections

  • Elections
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Legislative Politics and Policy
  • Budgeting
  • Presidency
  • Internship

Political Journalism

  • Presidency
  • Legislative Politics
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Bureaucratic Politics

 From the English Department


  • Journalism
  • Persuasive Writing

International Politics and Globalization

  • World Politics
  • Globalization
  • Politics of Latin America
  • Formation and Conduct of United States Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Politics

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