2023-2024 Catalog 
    Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Politics and Government Major

Professors Esler, J. Franklin, Louthan
Associate Professors A. Biser, J. Choi, F. Nestor
Assistant Professor B. Mack


To foster both breadth and depth of knowledge, the department has designed a 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, students select in each area the courses best suited to their particular interests and career goals. The department offers a five-course minor as well.

Major Requirements

The major must complete at least 10 courses in the department including the following:

Learning Objectives


  1. Understand the major concepts and theories in political science and how to apply these to practical politics.
  2. Understand political institutions and how individuals and groups make, participate in, and are affected by political decisions.
  3. 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