Politics Major

New Curriculum

This curriculum applies to students in the Class of 2022 and later.

For a 30-credit major in Politics, students complete the following:

Foundational Courses
PO 0101Introduction to American Politics3
PO 0102Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PO 0103Introduction to Political Ideas That Shape the World3
PO 0104Introduction to International Relations3
Professional Development
Select one course from the following:3
Humanitarian and Disaster Response Field Training
Research Methods
State Legislature Internship
Washington Semester Internship
Internship
Special Topics (Shell) (when applicable)
Select any 200- or 300-level politics course with a Service Learning designation
Statistics: Social and Political Data Analysis
Methods of Research Design
Thematic Elements
Select four 200-level politics courses, including one course in each of the following areas: 112
American Politics
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Political Theory
Note: Courses may be chosen from one or more of the following themes:
Globalization and Inequality
Law and Justice
Power and Political Action
Culminating Experience
Select one 300-level politics course3
Total Credits30

Thematic Elements

Courses may be selected from one or more of the following themes:

Globalization and Inequality
PO 0202Urban Politics3
PO 0208Political Parties and Interest Groups3
PO 0211Media and Politics3
PO 0234Sex, Sexuality, and Gender3
PO 0251Islam and Muslim Politics3
PO 0253Latin American Politics3
PO 0254Caribbean Politics3
PO 0258Political Violence3
PO 0259The Development Gap3
PO 0274International Environmental Policies3
PO 0275Climate Change: Politics and Policy3
PO 0277Globalization: Who Rules the World?3
PO 0279Threats to Global Security in the 21st Century3
Law and Justice
PO 0203Public Administration3
PO 0206Supreme Court I3
PO 0207Supreme Court II3
PO 0209American Public Policy3
PO 0232Utopian Politics3
PO 0233American Political Thought3
PO 0250European Politics and the European Union3
PO 0271United Nations Security Council Crisis Simulation3
PO 0278International Law3
Power and Political Action
PO 0201Introduction to Peace and Justice3
PO 0204American Presidency3
PO 0205United States Congress3
PO 0212United States Environmental Politics and Policy3
PO 0213State and Local Politics3
PO 0214Public Opinion and Polling3
PO 0215Campaigns and Elections3
PO 023121st Century Power Politics3
PO 0235Modern Political Ideologies3
PO 0236Politics of Race, Class, and Gender3
PO 0252African Politics3
PO 0255Middle Eastern Politics3
PO 0256Asian Politics3
PO 0257Northern Ireland: Politics of War and Peace3
PO 0261Authoritarianism and Film3
PO 0272Politics of Humanitarian Action3
PO 0273Humanitarian and Disaster Response Field Training3
PO 0276United States Foreign Policy3
PO 0280Border Politics3

Culminating Experience

Courses may be selected from the following: 

PO 0300Politics Seminar3
PO 0301The Battle Over Family Values in American Politics3
PO 0302Seminar on Feminist Theory3
PO 0303Gender, War, and Peace3
PO 0304Sem on Global Environ Politics3
PO 0305Seminar on the Middle East3
PO 0398Independent Study3

Previous Curriculum

This curriculum apples to students in the Class of 2021 and earlier.

For a 30-credit major in Politics, students complete the following:

PO 0101Introduction to American Politics (formerly PO 0011)3
PO 0102Introduction to Comparative Politics (formerly PO 0012)3
PO 0103Introduction to Political Ideas That Shape the World (formerly PO 0014)3
Select seven upper-level politics courses, including at least one course in each of the following areas:21
American Politics
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Political Theory
Total Credits30