Majors and Minors
Our curriculum begins with required foundational courses you should complete by the end of your sophomore year: Introduction to Politics, American National Government, Political Science Research Methods, and statistics. You build upon the skills, theories, and concepts you learn in the foundational courses through a range of upper-division courses in your junior and senior years. And you complete your studies with a senior capstone course designed to help you synthesize the knowledge and skills you’ve developed in your earlier coursework. According to a 2005 study, this structured curriculum places our program in the top 18.1% of political science programs at smaller colleges and universities in the Midwest.
We offer two majors and a minor.
- The Political Science major combines the foundational courses with ones in American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and the law.
- The Political Science - Economics major integrates an economics curriculum with traditional political science courses and the option to focus on domestic or international political economy.
- The Political Science minor is an excellent complement to a variety of majors, including business, Christian ministries, communications, global studies, history, the sciences, and social work.
- The Legal Studies minor is excellent preparation for law school, combining courses from a varitey of disciplines to create a pre-law curriculum.
You can enrich your studies by completing an internship or taking a semester to participate in an off-campus program.
To complement your political science coursework, you should consider completing a minor or second major in one or more of the following: global studies, history, computer science, economics, foreign languages, information systems, journalism, math, nonprofit leadership, peace and conflict transformation, philosophy, public relations, psychology, sociology, speech communication, statistics, or women’s studies. Coupling courses in political thought and philosophy with the political economy major will produce the equivalent of a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major.
Be sure you meet regularly with your Political Science program advisor who will help you identify the opportunities most relevant to your career and to determine how best to incorporate them into your schedule.