Political Science (B.A.)
Political scientists study the authoritative allocation of values in society. Programs in the political science department focus on accomplishing this task within the context of a liberal arts education.
A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in political science will:
- be able to clearly state and comprehensively describe an issue/problem, delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding.
- be able to develop a comprehensive analysis of an issue/problem that integrates information from multiple sources and questions them thoroughly.
- be able to thoroughly analyze own and others' assumptions and carefully evaluate the relevance of contexts when presenting a position.
- be able to take into account the complexities of an issue while acknowledging the limits of a position.
- be able to draw conclusions that are logical and reflect student’s informed evaluation and ability to place evidence and perspectives in priority order.
The major in political science shall successfully complete a total of 46 CH, with 37 CH in political science course work and 9 CH in other areas (see below).
Students are required to take each of the following courses (for a total of 22 CH of the 37 CH):
- POSC 116 American Government in Politics
- POSC 146 Introduction to Comparative Politics
- POSC 156 Introduction to International Relations
- POSC 236 Public Policy
- POSC 300 Introduction to Legal Studies
- POSC 286 Political Analysis
- POSC 496 Senior Seminar
The additional 15 CH (of the 37 CH) will be taken from political science electives; 9 CH of which must come from 3 different subfields of the following 5. The remaining 6 CH can be fulfilled with coursework from the list below, an internship or independent study within political science:
- POSC 225 Gender and Politics
- POSC 297 Political Parties and Elections in the United States
- POSC 315 Political Psychology
- POSC 335 The American Presidency
Public Policy and Public Administration:
- POSC 226 State and Local Politics
- POSC 336 Public Administration
- POSC 385 The Law of Families
- POSC 388 The Death Penalty
- POSC 456 American Foreign Policy
Formulation Public Law:
- POSC 436 Constitutional Law
- POSC 437 First Amendment
- POSC 438 Criminal Due Process
- POSC 439 Criminal Law
- POSC 445 The Great American Trial
- POSC 312 International Security
- POSC 405 Terrorism
- POSC 410 International Law and Organization
- POSC 466 International Relations: Selected Issues
Selected Problems Comparative Politics:
- POSC 230 Globalization
- POSC 310 International Political Economy
- POSC 327 Politics of Developing Societies
- POSC 347 Politics of Industrial Societies
The major in political science shall also successfully complete 9 CH in the following programs:
- ENG 120 Introduction to Literature
and a total of two additional courses selected from any of the following programs:
Political science majors are strongly advised to complete at least one of the following courses by the end of the sophomore year:
- MATH 125 Quantitative Reasoning
- MATH 211 Elementary Statistics
Majors who intend to pursue graduate study in political science and related disciplines should consult with departmental faculty concerning preparation for graduate school.