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College Catalog 2016-2017 
College Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science (B.A.)

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Student Learning Outcomes for Political Science:

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the major theories, concepts, and methods of political analysis – empirical, normative, and policy-oriented.

  • Apply theories, concepts, and methods used in the study of politics to political ideas, institutions, and practices.

  • Exercise critical judgment, analyze, and synthesize relevant information and construct reasoned argument.

  • Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and in writing.

  • Conduct independent, original research, demonstrating the ability to gather, organize, and present evidence, data, and information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.

  • Be involved in matters of public concern locally, nationally, and globally.

The Political Science major requires the following courses:


For information about the American University Washington Semester Program, students should contact Dr. Fletcher McClellan. For internship opportunities in Harrisburg through the Department’s Capital Semester Internship Program (PS 471), students should contact Dr. April Kelly-Woessner.

Suggested first year courses:


The Political Science major has no modern or ancient language requirement beyond the Power of Language - Other requirement in the core program. However, students are encouraged to develop competency in a modern language, particularly if they are interested in study abroad.

MA 251 is suggested to satisfy the Mathematics core requirement.

If a student has received AP credit for PS 111 and is interested in taking sophomore-level courses in political science, she/he should consult with the department chair first. PS 223, PS 224, or PS 245 are good choices.

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