Courses

Introductory Courses

PSC-111. Introduction to U.S. Politics. PSC-112. Introduction to Global Politics. PSC-113. Introduction to Political Thought.

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Research Methods Courses

PSC-220. Social Data Analysis. PSC-223. Critical Comparisons in Politics.

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Political Theory Courses

200-level courses survey a wide range of texts and themes, and may focus on a specific historical period or a specific theoretical approach. These courses can be taken by students at all levels. 300-level courses are geared towards students who have likely taken PSC 113 or a 200-level course in theory, and have basic familiarity with the history of Western political thought. Some familiarity with close reading and textual interpretation is expected, although these are practices and skills that students will also further develop in 300-level courses. PSC-230. Ancient Political Thought....

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Comparative Politics Courses

Unless otherwise indicated prerequisites for the following courses are PSC-111 or PSC-112 or sophomore standing. 200-level courses in comparative politics generally cover political issues that are regionally concentrated (such as Latin America, Europe, China, and the Middle East), or they focus on themes (such as democracy, nationalism, social movements) that are framed at a conceptual level accessible to students from across the college. 300-level courses in comparative politics have a special topics theme (women and politics, the Marxist political tradition, democratization, genocide, and...

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International Politics Courses

Unless otherwise indicated prerequisites for the following courses are PSC-111 or PSC-112 or PSC-113 or sophomore standing. 200-level courses in international relations cover foreign policy-oriented courses (China and the USA), regional interstate topics (Asia and the Middle East), and practicum-based courses (Model UN). These courses are framed at a conceptual level accessible to students from across the college. 300-level courses in international relations cover advanced issues in international political economy, institutions of global governance, US security, and transnational actors and...

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United States Politics Courses

Unless otherwise indicated prerequisites for the following courses are PSC-111 or PSC-112 or sophomore standing. 200-level courses in United States politics generally focus on institutions of government, political behavior, or public policymaking. These courses are framed at a conceptual level accessible to students from across the college. 300-level United States politics courses focus on a special topic (such as film, political psychology, and constitutional law) and/or contain a strong methodological component. The course materials are more conceptually and theoretically complex, and...

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Independent Research Courses

PSC-295H/296H. Political Science Honors Independent Project. By application to the individual instructor and subject to confirmation by the department chair. PSC-490-497. Independent Study in Political Science. By application to the individual instructor and subject to confirmation by the department chair. PSC-498-499. Senior Project in Political Science. Open to seniors in political science. Subject to department approval, this requirement may be fulfilled by the completion of original political science research, political action, political art, or applied public policy research.  The...

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