The study of political science
Political scientists seek to understand the basis of power in
society, how that power is organized and exercised and its
impact on people's lives.
Objectives of the major are to:
Acquaint the student with the great issues of politics.
Analyze alternative approaches to those issues.
Develop the student's intelligent and lasting interest in
society and politics.
Serve practical needs of students planning a career
involving the law, politics and public service. (Areas
stressed are law, public administration, the foreign
service, journalism and business).
Prepare students for graduate study with a view toward
teaching and/or research.
Political and social ideas, movements and institutions are
incomprehensible without adequate understanding of their
history. Likewise, the study of history profits from awareness
of political and social philosophies, institutions and concerns.
To provide students with a mature understanding of politics and
history, the department offers coursework from an integrated
program in history and political science. While students may
select either a history or political science major, substantial
coursework is required in both disciplines.