Students in the general political science track take elective courses across all subfields of political science, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Policy, and Public Law. In this track, student can explore politics in different contexts and shape an elective curriculum of 18 credits to meet their individual interests. A general political science degree prepares students a broad range of career paths, including law, government service, public policy and administration, international affairs, teaching, journalism, and non-profit service.
American Politics & Justice
The American Politics & Justice (APJ) track requires 15 elective credits within the track, which includes courses in American Politics, Political Theory, and Public Law. The track covers topics on political institutions, such as Congress, the Presidency, and Interest Groups, as well as political behavior courses like Public Opinion and Congressional Elections. Students will study competing theories of justice, public law, civil liberties, and the history of political thought. Student may also take advanced courses in political theory, criminal justice, or constitutional law. The APJ track provides a great foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in electoral politics, government, policy advocacy, law, journalism, criminal justice, or law enforcement.
The International Relations (IR) track requires 15 elective credits within the track, covering the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. Courses in this track explore domestic and foreign policies of countries from around the world and include area studies such as Latin America, Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Other courses in this field have a more topical focus, such as Migration/Refugee Politics, Genocides, Political Leadership or Foreign Policies of the Great and Rising Powers. While studying interstate politics, students may take courses on US Foreign Policy, International Organizations, International Law, and regularly offered travel courses to different world regions (among other specialized topics). The IR track provides students with an outstanding foundation for careers or further study in international diplomacy, national security and intelligence, international non-profit service and advocacy, or international business.
Public Policy & Administration
Students in the Public Policy & Administration (PPA) track must complete POSC 265 – Public Policy and 12 elective credits within the track. This track covers topics on the policy process, like State & Local Government and Lobbying, specific policy areas like foreign policy or minority politics, and public administration. PPA students will learn about how public policy is developed, implemented, and analyzed. This track is ideal for students interested in pursuing careers in policy analysis, advocacy, government administration, government relations or non-profit management. Many students may go on to pursue graduate degrees in Public Administration or Public Policy.