Major in Political Science

Few majors offer the opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing the underlying problems that continue to plague our societies.

From world peace to health-care policy to economic growth and stability, graduates with a degree in political science are prepared to enter a world of policy and debate with the tools needed to affect change at all levels of society.

A political science major provides excellent preparation for a wide range of fields, including law, government and community service, journalism, management, policy making, finance and communications.

Major Requirements

Political science majors take a minimum of nine courses in the department: eight core courses and one elective course. Majors take a senior seminar in the term prior to graduation.

Core Courses

  • POL 201 American Federal Government or its equivalent
  • POL 445 Senior Seminar: Topics on American Politics

American Politics

Choose two courses from the following:

  • POL 202 American State and Local Government
  • POL 240 Law and Politics
  • POL 300 Urban Politics
  • POL 305 American Presidency
  • POL 320 Congress
  • POL 360 Public Policy and Administration
  • POL 365 Environmental Politics & Policy
  • POL 411 Constitutional Law I: Civil Liberties
  • POL 412 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights

World Politics

Choose two courses from the following:

  • POL 301 Comparative Politics: The New Europe
  • POL 302 Developing Nations
  • POL 303 Politics of the Middle East
  • POL 306 Politics of International Relations
  • POL 307 American Foreign Policy
  • POL 310 International Organization
  • POL 406 Politics of International Economic Relations

Political Philosophy

Two courses from the following:

  • POL 314 Classics of Political Theory
  • POL 315 Modern and Contemporary Political Theory
  • POL 319 American Political Thought
  • POL 401 Feminist Political Theory
  • POL 402 Political Justice

Electives

One elective chosen from the following (if not taken for the core):

  • BID 205 Understanding Politics through Literature
  • BID 308 European Union and Cities: Regional Integration and Urbanization in the European Union
  • BID 330 Federal Politics and Media Ethics
  • BID 355 Native Americans: Public Policy, Religion and Justice
  • POL 150 Introduction to Politics
  • POL 202 American State and Local Government
  • POL 240 Public Law
  • POL 300 Urban Politics
  • POL 303 Politics of the Middle East
  • POL 305 The American Presidency
  • POL 306 Politics of International Relations (if not taken for the Core)
  • POL 307 American Foreign Policy
  • POL 314 Classics of Political Theory (if not taken for the Core)
  • POL 315 Modern and Contemporary Political Theory (if not taken for the Core)
  • POL 319 American Political Thought (if not taken for the Core)
  • POL 320 Congress
  • POL 350 Mock Trial
  • POL 365 Environmental Politics & Policy
  • POL 401 Feminist Political Theory
  • POL 402 Political Justice
  • POL 406 Politics of International Economic Relations
  • POL 411 Constitutional Law I: Civil Liberties
  • POL 412 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights
  • POL 413 Constitutional Law III: Constitutional Structures, Powers and Federalism
  • POL 468 Internship
  • POL 492 Independent Study

The Minor

A minor in political science is a valuable asset to any major, because the study of political science enhances our ability to make informed decisions, contribute to society and provides a versatile set of skills that can be applied to many careers.

The minor in political science consists of a minimum of five courses, three of which must be above the 200 level. One course must be in political thought. At least three courses must be taken at Elmhurst College.

Licensure for Secondary School

Students who plan to pursue teacher licensure must complete additional course work in professional and general education. In addition, students must also complete courses in broadfield social studies. See the Department of Education for a complete listing of broadfield courses.

Students are required to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) to be admitted to a licensure program, the appropriate contact area test prior to the student teaching semester, and the APT (Assessment of Professional Training) test prior to program completion.

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