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Political Science

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science and International Relations

 

Understanding the Past, Discovering the Future

 

Have you ever considered how governments solve complex problems in areas like immigration, healthcare or environmental protection? In political science you will learn not only about national and international politics and policymakers. You will also learn valuable skills in critical thought, oral and written communication and quantitative reasoning—the very skills most useful to employers in fields like law, business and journalism, not just politics.


All majors are required to complete three core courses: Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Global Politics and Research Methods for Political Science. Beyond the core courses, you may choose to major in Political Science without a concentration or to specialize in one of four concentrations: American Politics; Global Politics; Politics, Groups and Identities; or Public Law. Political science is a flexible major that can compliment your many other interests and prepare you to engage an increasingly complex world.

Areas of study

  • American Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Public Law
  • Political Methodology

Career Options

  • Politics
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Government Agencies
  • Business
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Nonprofits, Public Policy and Administration

Graduate Programs

  • Political Science
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Public Policy
  • International Business
  • Public Administration
  • Environmental Studies

What’s special about this program?

The department’s award winning faculty covers a wide range of national and international specialties. You can combine a solid overall preparation in the liberal arts with the opportunity to individualize your experience by participating in study abroad programs on four continents and in Washington, D.C.; internships with government offices, parties, law firms and non-governmental organizations inside and outside of Delaware; career advisement; and programs in political communication, area studies and women’s studies.

Get involved

Model United Nations

College Democrats

College Republicans

HenLaw

Students in the Public Interest

Phi Sigma Alpha

Iota Rho

Center for Political Communication

Area Studies

Women’s Studies

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Sample curriculum

ECON101

Introduction to Microeconomics

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

GEOG120

World Regional Geography

 

MATH113

Contemporary Mathematics or higher

 

POSC150

Introduction to American Politics

 

POSC240

 

Introduction to Global Politics

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
 

University Breadth Course

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

  Elective Courses
ECON103

Introduction to Macroeconomics

 

HIST104

World History II

 

PSYC100

General Psychology

 

POSC220

 

Introduction to Public Policy or
POSC270

Introduction to Comparative Politics or

 

POSC285

Introduction to Political Theory

 

POSC300

 

Research Methods for Political Science
 

University Breadth Course

 

  Elective Course

Upper-level coursework drawing on the entire catalog of political science courses. These courses may include courses from each of the four subfields of political science including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.

Upper-level coursework drawing on the entire catalog of political science courses. These courses may include courses from each of the four subfields of political science including American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.