The Political Science curriculum is designed to provide an understanding of the political process in its many manifestations, including the structure of government institutions, the political behavior of individuals and groups, the study of public problems characteristic of modern societies, and a consideration of the interrelationships of institutions at different levels of government.
The principal objectives of the Political Science Program are:
- To lay the basis for an understanding of governmental and administrative processes for individuals planning public service careers in national, state, or local government
- To foster an understanding of the substance and methods of the study of government and politics as preparation for graduate work in political science or public administration
- To provide thorough training for students considering law school.
Courses allow students to concentrate in broad fields and to develop more specialized programs reflecting their particular interests. Generally, 1100-2200 level courses are survey courses and 3300-4400 level courses cover more specific topics. While both the major and minor in political science typically consist of necessary introductory work, the faculty strongly urges students with a minor in political science to take the Capstone Seminar in Political Science (POLI 4490 ). Schedules should be planned in consultation with an advisor, and students are encouraged to explore a variety of courses. Eligible students are also encouraged to intern in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (see Special Programs ).