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.
The Clarkson Seminar
Students majoring in political science are required to complete the following courses:
Introducing the Liberal Arts
Major Research Seminar
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.)
The eight courses (24 credits) in political science ideally include one each in
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.
Human Rights, Law and Politics
Contemporary Political Theory
(PHIL380) The Law and Bioethics
The American Political Tradition
Special Topics in Political Science
(SOC350) International Dev and Soc Change
American Foreign Policy
Introduction to Global Politics
Introduction to Public Policy
Violence and Reconciliation
Biofuel and Farm Policy
Women and Politics
Environmental Political Theory
Close and Contested Elections
Terror and Terrorism
Social Movements in the United States
Causes of War
Politics in Cross-National Perspective
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.
Students majoring in political science will have approximately 45 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.