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The Politics department maintains a professional program for its students and is integrally related with the other social sciences. The course offerings complement interests in the humanities and the general liberal arts.

The department provides both a practical and theoretical orientation for students, preparing them for graduate school, law school, governmental service, or public administration. Internships are available which allow students to relate theoretical knowledge directly to practical skills.

The study of politics emphasizes both American and cross-national political experiences. The curriculum is organized around these four basic dimensions:

In addition, special topics courses and research seminars broaden the offerings.

Here is one model of typical classes that might be taken by a freshman studying politics:

  1. Intro to American Government
  2. Intro to International Politics
  3. Western Political Thought
  4. Two Semesters of Foreign Language
  5. International Economic Issues