Professors Esler, J. Franklin, Kay, Louthan
Associate Professors A. Biser, J. Choi
Assistant Professor F. Nestor, B. Mack
To foster both breadth and depth of knowledge, the department has designed a special core curriculum for politics and government majors. Among the total of 10-13 departmental courses, students select at least one from each of four areas: American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the student selects in each area the courses best suited to his or her particular interests and career goals. The department offers a five-course minor as well.
In order to declare a politics and government major, a student must have either a) a 2.5 cumulative University grade point average, or b) a 2.0 cumulative University grade point average and have earned a B- or higher in one course in the department.
The major must complete at least 10 courses in the department including the following:
- Two of the following introductory courses: PG 111 , PG 112 , or PG 113 . Alternatively, students may satisfy the introductory requirement by earning a B- or higher in one of these courses taken at OWU. No more than two introductory courses may count toward the major.
- PG 279 and PG 499
- At least one course in each of the following subfields: (I) American politics (PG 260 , PG 261 , PG 280 , PG 300 37 , PG 300 39 , PG 300 4, PG 350 , PG 351 , PG 352 , PG 353 , PG 354 , PG 355 , PG 356 , PG 357 , PG 358 , or PG 359 ); (II) International relations (PG 300 40 , PG 360 , PG 361 , PG 362 , PG 363 , PG 364 , or PG 365 ); (III) Comparative politics (PG 344 , PG 346 , PG 347 , PG 348 , or PG 349 ); and (IV) Political Theory (PG 300 34 , PG 371 , PG 372 , PG 373 , or PG 374 ).
- Understand the major concepts and theories in political science and how to apply these to practical politics.
- Understand political institutions and how individuals and groups make, participate in, and are affected by political decisions.
- Understand diverse perspectives on politics and diverse political systems and cultures around the world.
4. Think critically: identify and question assumptions, understand diverse perspectives, and recognize connections between ideas
5. Conduct research: find and critically evaluate sources of information, use political science methods to evaluate political institutions, behavior and events
6. Argue effectively: defend well-reasoned positions with evidence
7. Communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in writing
8. Develop and practice values of citizenship and public service