Programs of Study

Students majoring in political science take courses distributed over three subfields:

  • American politics
  • International studies
  • Political and legal theory.

This distribution gives the student a competent knowledge of political science as well as a broad training in the liberal arts. The flexibility in the number of political science electives and choices of courses in the minor allow students to adjust their program of study to their individual needs and preferences. Suggested minor fields for political science students include anthropology, business, computer science, economics, foreign languages, history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Suggested second majors or certificate programs include international studies, legal studies, women's studies, and political philosophy.

Juniors and seniors may apply for the Washington, D.C., Internship Program, a one-semester program affiliated with the Washington Center. The program includes seminars and placement in congressional offices, executive agencies, judicial organizations, public and special interest groups, national associations, or community programs. Up to 15 hours of course credit may be earned through this program. Study abroad programs, usually taken during one semester of the junior year, and internships in state and local government also are available for majors. Participation in Collegiate Model United Nation delegations and sponsorship of high school MUNs are yearly activities.

Students who have completed nine credit hours of political science with at least a 3.0 average are invited to join Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Pi Sigma Alpha sponsors speakers, films, and social events of particular interest to students in politics. Each spring, the Department of Political Science presents $500 Holloway Scholarships to outstanding sophomores and juniors.