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B.S. in Political Science

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Program Chair: Bill Vitek

Program Goals

Political Science investigates the institutions, practices, traditions, concepts and rules by means of which human beings organize their lives in common and govern themselves.

Courses in Political Science enable students to use empirical analyses and theoretical constructs to understand political aspects of their world, both in the United States and in other parts of the globe.

Students majoring in Political Science will acquire:

  • a comprehensive understanding of politics, political institutions, and the processes involved in translating values and information into public policy and legislation.
  • a grasp of the leading theories and disputes animating the various subfields of Political Science.
  • an appreciation of the facets of citizenship needed to participate fully in political life.

Through their Political Science major at Clarkson, students will also gain the ability to:

  • Write clearly and persuasively
  • Speak effectively in a group setting
  • Think critically
  • Understand and analyze complex problems
  • Examine and interpret evidence
  • Organize and synthesize large amounts of information

Program Requirements*

120 credit hours, comprising:

  • 1 credit Introduction to the Liberal Arts pre-seminar
  • 8 courses in political science ideally including one each in
    • American Politics
    • Political Theory
    • International Politics
    • Law and Public Policy
  • The Humanities/Social Sciences Research Seminar
  • 5 courses in a pre-professional concentration
  • Fulfillment of the requirements of the Clarkson Common Experience

Political Science majors will take POL 220, American Politics and a series of courses chosen in consultation with their advisors to develop a coherent program of study. Students have the opportunity to develop areas of expertise in American Politics, Public Policy, Political Theory or Environmental Politics.

Students majoring in Political Science are required to take a concentration of at least five courses in a pre-professional field, such as pre-law, pre-med, pre-physical therapy, business or communications and media. This concentration provides students with opportunities to increase career choices, while at the same time exploring a wide variety of interests through their major.

* Courses taken to fulfill requirements for a Humanities/Social Sciences Major cannot be used to fulfill requirements for a Humanities and Social Sciences Minor.

Political Science Courses    
POL210 Introduction to Politics & Policy POL350 (SOC350) International
POL220 American Politics   Development and Social Change
POL250 Politics in Cross-National Perspective POL351 (SOC351) Globalization
POL251 Introduction to International Politics POL362 Human Rights, Law and Politics
POL301 Political Theory POL371 Environmental Law
POL302 Social & Political Thought in the 20th Century POL380 (PHIL380) The Law and Bioethics

POL320

The American Political Tradition POL390-99 Special Topics in Political Science
POL391 Causes of War
    POL400 Constitutional Law
    POL470 (SOC470/570) Environmental Policy
    SS380 Research Methods
Cognate Philosophy Courses    
PHIL200 Introduction to Philosophy PHIL320 Citizenship and the American Tradition
PHIL240 Contemporary Moral Issues PHIL341 Professional Ethics
PHIL241 Medical Ethics PHIL370 Environmental Ethics
PHIL243 Business Ethics PHIL420 Philosophy of the American Founding
PHIL270 American Environmentalism
     

 Curriculum

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FIRST YEAR

First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
    PSCI MAJOR COURSE
3
Hu/SS/120 Introduction to Liberal Arts
1
    Statistics
3
  Common Experience
    Common Experience
  Math Requirement
4
    Science Requirement
3
  (MA 180 recommended)

 

    Common Experience
  PSCI MAJOR COURSE
3
    Knowledge Area Course
3
  at 200 Level
    Pre-professional
  Free Elective
3
    Concentration or  
 FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
    Free Elective
3
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15
     
15
           

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SOPHOMORE YEAR

First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  PSCI MAJOR COURSE
3
    PSCI MAJOR COURSE
3
  Common Experience
    Common Experience
  Knowledge Area Course
3
    Knowledge Area Course
3
  Pre-professional
3
    Pre-professional
3
  Concentration
    Concentration
  Free Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
  Common Experience
    Free Elective
3
  Science Requirement
4
     
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15
   
16
       

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JUNIOR YEAR

First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  PSCI MAJOR COURSE
3
  PSCI MAJOR COURSES
6
  PSCI MAJOR COURSE
3
    or Free Electives
  or Free Elective
    Common Experience
  Common Experience
    Knowledge Area or
3
  Knowledge Area or
3
    University Course
  University Course
    Pre-professional
3
  Pre-professional
3
    Concentration
  Concentration
    Free Elective or
  Free Elective or
    Common Experience
  Common Experience
    Technology and
3
  Technology and
3
    Humanity Course
  Humanity Course
     
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15
   
15
       

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SENIOR YEAR

First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  H/SS RESEARCH
    H/SS RESEARCH SEMINAR
3
  SEMINAR (C2) or
    (C2) or MAJOR COURSE
  MAJOR COURSE
3
    Free Electives
12
  Pre-professional
     
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  Concentration or
3
     
15
  Free Elective
       
  Knowledge Area or
3
       
  University Course
       
  Free Electives
6
       
   
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15