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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 a minor in political communication or politics and social justice.

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

Sample curriculum

POSC 150

Introduction to American Politics

 

ENGL 110

Seminar in Composition

 

MATH Req

MATH 113, 114, 115 or others

 

 

Foreign Language Req 105 in chosen language of study 

 

 

First Year Experience

 

POSC 240

Introduction to Global Politics 

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

 

Breadth Requirement 

 

 

Multicultural Req

 

 

Foreign Language Req 106 in chosen language of study

 

POSC 220

Introduction to Public Policy or POSC 270 or POSC 285

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

 

Breadth Requirement

 

 

Foreign Language Req 107 in chosen language of study 

 

 

Elective

 

POSC 300

Research Methods for Political Science

 

 

Breadth Requirement 

 

 

Breadth Requirement 

 

 

Breadth Requirement 

 

 

Elective

 

 

Elective

 

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.

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