Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major
The political science program offers a strong liberal arts major for students interested in all aspects of politics and public policy. You are required to complete a core set of courses introducing you to political theory, the global community, American politics and research methods. All students complete a writing intensive capstone course that requires you to apply knowledge and skills from previous coursework to a major research project in a chosen area of interest. The Washington Semester Program allows you to spend a semester living and working in Washington, DC while earning credit towards your degree. The political science department also hosts a non-partisan club for students interested in public affairs.
The department takes pride in preparing you to think critically and analytically and to communicate your ideas well. Graduates go on to careers in law, government, non-profit organizations, campaigns, policy analysis and with private firms affected by government policy. A dedicated faculty includes specialists in elections, media and politics, public policy, international security, international law, peace studies, political philosophy, U.S. governmental institutions, and major geographic regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East).
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the political science major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the department head in Miller Hall, room 2120.
Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.