Political Science Major

The Political Science Major seeks to prepare students for:

  • Graduate study in politics, government, and related fields, including area studies, public policy and public administration
  • Law school
  • Careers in government and public affairs
  • Work in the private and non-profit sectors that require knowledge of government and politics

 

Political Science Major Requirements

Beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year, requirements for a Political Science Major are 34 hours of Political Science and International Relations courses and four hours of Statistics.

Core Courses in Political Science (22 hours)

  • PSCI 135 American Politics and Government (4)                                                   
  • PSCI 145 Political Philosophy (4)
  • IR 155 Comparative Politics (4) or IR 175 International Politics (4)
  • MATH 263 (4) or department approved equivalent
  • PSCI 494 Senior Seminar (2)
  • PSCI 496 Internship (4)

Electives in Political Science (16 hours)

Elective requirements are 16 hours of PSCI and/or IR courses at the 200-level and above, of which at least 8 hours must be taken at the 300-level.

Following is a listing of potential elective courses in Political Science and International Relations.

American Politics

  • PSCI 271 Introduction to Law (2)
  • PSCI 233 Washington Workshop (2) (Wheaton in Washington Program)
  • PSCI 234 Campaigns in Context (2) (Wheaton in Washington Program)
  • PSCI 381 Constitutional Law (4)
  • PSCI 383 Religion and American Politics (4)
  • PSCI 384 Presidency (4)
  • PSCI 385 Urban Politics (2)
  • PSCI 386 Congress and the Policy Process (4)
  • PSCI 387 Law and Religion (4)

Comparative Politics

  • IR 353 Comparative Public Policy (4)
  • IR 355 Latin American Politics (4)
  • IR 356 European Politics (4)
  • IR 357 Third World Politics (4)

International Relations

  • IR 258 Middle East Politics (4)
  • IR 372 International Law (2) 
  • IR 376 Ethics and Foreign Policy (2)
  • IR 378 U.S. Foreign Policy (4)
  • IR 379 International Political Economy (4)

Political Theory

  • PSCI 243 Political Ethics (4)
  • PSCI 346 Renaissance and Modern Political Philosophy (4)
  • PSCI 348 American Political Thought (4)
  • PSCI 349 Christian Political Thought (4)