The Department of Political Science is a popular and comfortable home for more than 800 undergraduate majors who choose one of two degree programs. Students obtaining the B.A. in Political Science receive broad exposure to the discipline, selecting courses from fields such as American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public administration and policy, and political theory, while also developing one or two individualized areas of interest. The B.A. in International Studies emphasizes the interdisciplinary pursuit of comparative and/or international politics, allowing students to tailor their programs of study to focus on such topics as foreign policy, global economic or environmental studies, or international conflict and cooperation.
Our majors are encouraged to work with faculty outside as well as inside the classroom, to participate in departmental and university organizations and activities, and to seek study abroad, internship, and leadership opportunities. The Department is currently enhancing internship opportunities for its majors, and is the home of a University Minor in Leadership Studies.