Welcome to the Political Science Department
Political Science is central to an understanding of all basic social issues; therefore, an understanding of political life is indispensable for any well-educated person. The department currently offers an undergraduate major, a minor in political science, a minor in public administration, and a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree.
Areas of political science in which courses are offered include American Politics and Public Affairs; International Relations and Comparative Politics; and Political Theory. Within each area, major themes are explored (e.g., public policy and administration, political values and change, elite-mass relationships, and political parties and groups.)
Students interested in majoring or minoring in political science are urged to register at the departmental office early, to meet with their advisors regularly, to check the current Schedule of Classes each term, and to become well acquainted with the requirements for political science majors or minors. A minor in public administration is also offered. Information is available in the departmental office.
Other students may also be interested in political science courses. The courses, PSCI 210--Introduction to Political Science and PSCI 216--American National Government, can satisfy the Improving Human Relations requirement. These two courses can also be used to fulfill part of the General Education requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. PSCI 216 also fulfills the teachers’ certification requirement in American government.