Referred to by many as the “queen of the liberal arts,” a major in political science opens the door to a variety of career possibilities, in and out of government. Government service, government and business relations, service and charity work in nongovernmental organizations, environmental action, journalism, and law are just a few of the many professions for which political science provides a solid foundation. Political science also serves as a valuable minor area of study that strengthens career prospects in other fields, including business, history, and modern language studies.
The political science discipline offers courses in three areas: American politics, world politics, and political philosophy. These course may be identified by the numbering system: all political philosophy courses are numbered x00-39; world politics courses are numbered x40-69; and American politics courses are numbered x70-99. Majors and minors are required to take classes in all areas and then focus their attention by selecting one of the concentration areas explained below. Students interested primarily in world politics are encouraged to consider a major in international relations and diplomacy.
Students considering graduate studies should consult an advisor about maximizing their coursework for a successful graduate admission decision. Students are urged to consider all opportunities to study abroad. See the Study Abroad section. Internship experience is also critical to a competitive political science degree. Please consult an advisor about the many internship opportunities and refer to the Washington Internship Institute section of this catalog.
ProgramsUndergraduate ProgramsUndergraduate Minor
CoursesPolitical Philosophy Courses
Courses not listed here, but numbered between x00-x39 are considered courses in political philosophy for purposes of satisfying requirements in the major or minor.
World Politics Courses
Courses not listed here, but numbered between x40-x69 are considered courses in world politics for purposes of satisfying requirements in the major or minor.
American Politics Courses
Courses not listed here, but numbered between x70-x99 are considered courses in American politics for purposes of satisfying requirements in the major or minor.
Political Science: Other Courses