“I loved class with Dr. Lowe, she’s helped me find a comfortable place within the world of political science," says Catherine Foradori, Political Science and English double major '15
Political science is the academic discipline that studies power and policy: how power is acquired; the challenges to retaining power; the impact of power on the relations between and among institutions and individuals in society; and the policies that result. Courses cover American politics, comparative politics, and international relations, and are designed to engage students in discourse regarding the concepts, organizations, and models that are at the core of the study of power and politics in the United States and internationally. Students will examine issues of control, freedom, gender, and influence as they study and assess the manner in which power and authority has impacted the development and organization of societies, relations between and among nations, and the management of conflict and peace.The program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive background in the discipline; develop students’ capacities to think critically and mindfully; train students to become informed, engaged and reflective citizens; and facilitate the acquisition of tools for analytical reasoning, primary and secondary research, and oral and written communication.
All majors are required to complete 51 credits (17 courses in SSC and 34 in POL), which situate the learner in social sciences and provide an introduction to American government, global politics, political theory, research methods and a capstone experience. Graduates of the program in political science are admitted to law and graduate programs and are prepared for careers in advocacy, legislative and policy analysis, journalism, international security analysis, and international business.