The department seeks to instill in its students a variety of skills and levels of knowledge that will serve them regardless of the profession they ultimately choose. After completion of lower division coursework, students with a minor in Political Science may complete upper-division requirements from any of the six subfields, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Law, and Public Policy. The department also provides minors with opportunities for internships, for credit, in the legal profession, political campaigns, legislative offices, and in public administration.


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Learning Outcomes

  1. To enhance a student’s ability to communicate in both
    written and oral form;
  2. To enhance a student’s ability to think through and compare
    competing theories and information utilizing logical and
    analytical means;
  3. To be knowledgeable of major trends, debates, theories, and methods in the discipline; and
  4. To be prepared for graduate study in political science or
    a related discipline such as law.


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Minor in Political Science

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Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science is dedicated to excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our students learn and receive mentorship from faculty members who specialize in various subjects including American politics, comparative politics, international politics, political theory, public law, and public policy.


College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts offers students a well-rounded education in the humanities and social sciences. Students develop strong analytical and communication skills for a lifetime of learning and discovery that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.