Michael Federici, Chair
Byrnes, Carleton, Franklin, Korobkov, Langenbach, Lefler, Livingston, Maynor, McDaniel, Morris, Petersen, Tesi, Vernardakis, Wang, Woodward
Courses in the Department of Political Science and International Relations meet the needs of many students: those interested in public service, private business, or professional careers; those who wish to go to law school; those interested in international relations and foreign service employment in the public or private sector; and those interested in teaching government and social studies in secondary schools.
To accommodate these needs and interests within the objectives of liberal education, the department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. The major areas and appropriate degrees follow:
- a Political Science major (B.A. or B.S.) with either a
- general focus or
- Public Administration concentration or
- Pre-law concentration;
- an International Relations major (B.A. or B.S.).
Minors are offered in Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, and Political and Civic Engagement.
The department coordinates the interdisciplinary minors in African Studies, Urban Studies, Paralegal Studies, and Russian Studies. Interdisciplinary minors are open to all students at the University.
All students at the University must fulfill the General Education requirements. These courses are primarily in the fields of English, history, science, and mathematics. Students should study the requirements carefully and consult with their advisors on those courses.
The department offers these courses in Honors:
- PS 1005 Introduction to American Politics (Spring)
- PS 1010 Introduction to Global Politics (Fall)
- PS 4230 Classical Political Theory (Fall)
The department offers a M.A. degree in International Affairs and a graduate minor in Political Science. Requirements and a list of the courses offered for graduate credit are published in the Graduate Catalog.