Political Science Major and Minor Requirements

Department Chair: R. Smith
Department Members: A. Fetter-Harrott, R. Smith

Major: Political Science
Minors: Political Science, International Relations

The political science department provides the means by which, within the liberal arts curriculum, undergraduate students learn to understand the political process (at both domestic and international levels.) The place of political science in a liberal arts setting has been established for the better part of 3,000 years. To fulfill this mission, the department offers two sets of courses: one concerned with international politics, and another concerned with American politics. Like the ancient Greek philosophers, political science is concerned both with understanding and evaluating the processes which allocate societal values. In so doing, our students will be able to appreciate and understand these two levels of the political process.

As a result of this experience, students will be able to think analytically about the problems that face humankind internationally and domestically. They will be prepared for such things as law school, graduate school, employment by government at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as careers in teaching.

All political science majors and minors must earn a grade of C- or better in all required political science courses. Students majoring in political science must complete the 29 semester hours of political science with a minimum graduation GPA of 2.00 (A=4.00). Students wishing to minor in political science or international relations must complete all required courses with a minimum graduation GPA of 2.00 (A=4.00).

Political Science Major

Core Requirements
POL 110 American National Government
POL 360 Social and Political Thought
POL 470 Senior Seminar
POL 499 Senior Competency Practicum

One of the following courses
POL 410 American Constitutional Law I: Powers and Duties
POL 420 American Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties

Immersive Learning Requirement – one of the following courses
POL 225 State and Local Government
POL 234 American Political Participation
POL 275 Law and Politics in American Society
Any other experiential course relating to political sciences by approval of the Department

Two of the following coursesnot the same courses as used above
POL 225 State and Local Government
POL 234 American Political Participation
POL 275 Law and Politics in American Society
POL 315 American Congress
POL 316 American Presidency
POL 336 Introduction to Public Policy
POL 350 Public Administration
POL 410 American Constitutional Law I: Powers and Duties
POL 420 American Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties

Two of the following coursesnot the same course as used above
POL 120 Introduction to International Relations
POL 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 250 Comparative Politics in Developed Countries
POL 320 International Security and Conflict Management
POL 341 International Law and Organizations
POL 390 American Foreign Policy

Additional POL credits, if necessary, to meet the minimum required of 25 hours beyond POL 110.
Professional Development Requirements
PDP 200 Preparing for Your Internship
POL 498 Portfolio (take with POL 470)
SNR/SNT489 (POL) Senior Internship/Project

Related Field Requirement
Twelve semester hours in a related field such as journalism, philosophy, history, economics, psychology, or sociology (Any variations must be approved by the department and submitted in writing to the Academic Records Office.). Courses may be taken outside these departments for a related field only with the consent of the chairperson of the department of political science. All related field courses must be completed with a grade of D or better.
NOTE: POL 110 should be taken before the completion of the sophomore year.

Political Science Minor

Core requirements
POL 110 American National Government
POL 120 Introduction to International Relations
POL 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 360 Social and Political Thought

One of the following courses
POL 410 American Constitutional Law I: Powers and Duties
POL 420 American Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties

International Relations Minor

Note: This minor is not available to political science majors.
Core requirements
POL 120 Introduction to International Relations
POL 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 341 International Law and Organizations
POL 360 Social and Political Thought

One of the following courses
BUS/ECO 350 International Economics and Finance
CAN/POL 250 Comparative Politics in Developed Countries
HIS 361 East Asian History
HIS 365 History of the Middle East
PHL/REL 250 Living Religions East

Two semesters of a foreign language offered by Franklin College.