Department of Political Science
Students are required to take:
- PSC 101 Introduction to American National Government
- PSC 103 Introduction to Comparative Politics and International Relations
- PSC 201 Political Ideologies
- PSC 301 Political Science Research Methods
- PSC 490 CUE: Senior Capstone Seminar
- Five advanced courses, with at least two at the 300 level or higher and at least one from three of the following areas:
- American Government and Political Processes
- Comparative Politics
- International Politics and Foreign Policy
- Political Theory
Introductory courses and Political Ideologies should normally be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Research Methods should be taken in sophomore or junior years. Majors must maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average in political science courses to remain in good standing in the department. No more than one political science internship and no more than two courses taken outside the department will count toward the political science major. PSC 960 Internship will count as a 200 level course. Selected courses in philosophy, sociology, economics, and history are recommended for majors. Foreign language competency is strongly recommended.
Majors are urged to participate in the Washington Semester, study abroad programs, service learning and community-based research experiences, and internship opportunities with the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion. All majors are eligible for internship programs in local, state, and national governments, as well as in appropriate nongovernmental organizations. Consult with faculty in the department to discuss internship opportunities.