Sep 27, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science and International Relations

Amy Atchison, Chair

Byrnes, Carleton, DiCicco, Federici, Franklin, Korobkov, Langenbach, Livingston, Maynor, McDaniel, Morris, Syler, Tesi, Trowbridge, 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. Students may major in any of the following degree programs:

  1. a Political Science major (B.A. or B.S.) with either a
    1. general focus or
    2. Public Policy and Management concentration or
    3. Pre-law concentration;
  2. an International Relations major (B.A. or B.S.).

Minors are offered in Political Science, Political Science Pre-Law, Political and Social Thought, International Relations, Public Policy and Management, 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.

Honors College

The department offers these courses in Honors:

  • PS 1005 Introduction to American Politics (Fall and Spring)
  • PS 1010 Introduction to Global Politics (Fall)
  • PS 4230 Classical Political Theory (Fall)

Graduate Study

The department offers an M.A. degree in International Affairs and a graduate minor in Political Science. Requirements and a list of the courses offered for graduate credit may be found in the Graduate Catalog.