The political science major has a total of 28 out of the 120 credit hours devoted to program-specific classes. This leaves flexibility to narrow your area of interest with minors, concentrations or double majors. There is also a capstone course (HSS480), which is a major research seminar in your chosen area of study.

Clarkson Common Experience

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.

FY100

First-Year Seminar

1

UNIV190

The Clarkson Seminar   

3

Core Requirements 

Students majoring in political science are required to complete the following courses:

HSS120

Introducing the Liberal Arts   

1

HSS480

Major Research Seminar

3

POL220

American Politics

3

 

Professional Experience
Fulfilled by HSS480 or by opting for an internship program. (Students who opt for an internship program must still fulfill HSS480 as a graduation requirement.)

Core Electives

Core Electives

The eight courses (24 credits) in political science ideally include one each in

  • American politics
  • political theory
  • international and comparative politics
  • law and public policy

Political Science Electives
This series of courses will be chosen in consultation with an advisor in order 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.

POL220

American Politics

POL362

Human Rights, Law and Politics

POL301

Political Theory

POL371

Environmental Law

POL302

Contemporary Political Theory

POL380

(PHIL380) The Law and Bioethics

POL320

The American Political Tradition

POL390-99

Special Topics in Political Science

POL350

(SOC350) International Dev and Soc Change

POL391

American Foreign Policy

POL351

(SOC351) Globalization

POL400

Constitutional Law

POL230

Introduction to Global Politics

POL(SOC)470/570

Environmental Policy

POL260

Introduction to Public Policy

POL471/571

Energy Policy

POL335/LIT335

 Violence and Reconciliation

POL372

Biofuel and Farm Policy

POL355

Women and Politics

POL374

Environmental Political Theory

POL370

Close and Contested Elections

SS380

Research Methods

POL249 Zombie Politics

POL388

Terror and Terrorism

POL268 Social Movements in the United States POL240 Causes of War
POL250 Politics in Cross-National Perspective POL255 Introduction to African Politics

 

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives
Students must complete five courses in a pre-professional external field, such as business, communications and media, pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, pre-veterinary, etc. This pre-professional concentration provides students with opportunities to increase career choices while exploring a wide variety of interests through their major.

Students majoring in political science will have approximately 21 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

 

Free Electives
Students majoring in political science will have approximately 45 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.