Political Science Major

  1. Nine departmental units (5 of which must be taken at Beloit College):
    1. At least l unit from each of the four subfields:
      1. U.S. politics: 110, 215, 216, 221, 225.
      2. Comparative politics: 130, 236, 237, 248, 249, 250, 251, 255, 261, 265, 270, 272, 273.
      3. International relations: 160, 237, 246, 250, 255, 262, 270, 273, 275.
      4. Political theory: 180, 280, 285, 287.
    2. One unit from Political Science 310, 330, 380, 386, or Interdisciplinary Studies 375.
    3. Four additional units in political science.
    4. No more than 3 units at the 100-level may count toward the major.
  1. Supporting courses (4 units):
    1. One unit in economics.
    2. One unit in history.
    3. Two units from Philosophy 100 (logic), any (non-native) language, or any statistics (including Political Science 201 if taken as a 10th political science unit).
  1. An experiential learning activity that might include an internship, off-campus study semester, honors project, or research special projects, as approved by the advisor.
  2. Students are strongly encouraged to develop an area of thematic emphasis in their course of study.
  3. Writing/communication requirement: Political science majors are expected to be proficient in multiple modes of writing, including the different kinds of work involved in research­ oriented projects, close textual exegesis, policy analysis, and other forms of writing related to applied politics, such as position papers and reports. Our curriculum is structured with an eye toward introducing students to each of these forms of writing, and graduating seniors should have encountered each of them in fulfilling their major requirements. In addition, our capstone seminars (300-level courses) seek to provide students with a sustained research and writing project.

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