Political Science

Understand, research and assess the intricate relationships between peoples and their governmental and political systems, nationally and internationally.

Through Emmanuel’s major in Political Science, you will study such topics as peace and war, the making of public and international policy, the values held by people in particular political systems, political participation, and the political roles of special interests, the media and public opinion, among other issues. All of these are related to the expectations people have of their leaders and how their leaders behave.

Major Requirements

View the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Departmental Major

  • POLSC1201 Introduction to American Politics and Government (SA)
  • POLSC1301 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (SA)
  • POLSC1401 Introduction to International Relations (SA)
  • POLSC1501 Political Theory 
  • POLSC2701 Research Methods in Political Science 
  • POLSC4100 Senior Seminar and Internship in Political Science
  • Electives: Five additional Political Science courses exclusive of internships or directed studies. At least two electives must be at the 3000-level.

Minor Requirements

View the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Departmental Minor

  • POLSC1201 Introduction to American Politics and Government (SA)
  • POLSC1301 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
  • POLSC1401 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLSC1501 Political Theory
  • Two upper-level political science electives

Learning Goals & Outcomes

At the completion of Political Science degree, the student will:

  • Understand the basic tools and concepts of the discipline of political science and each of its subfields: American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory
  • Understand how the various subfields interact
  • Demonstrate a practical application of concepts and theories of the discipline
  • Be able to orally communicate effectively
  • Develop an understanding of non-Western governments
  • Develop an understanding of the interactions in the international arena

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