Majors & MinorsCourse Catalog
Topics of interest to political scientists include how governments function and should function; differences and similarities among the approximately 200 national political systems in the world; relations between and among the nations of the world as well as the role of nongovernmental actors in these relations; and ways of better understanding such phenomena as authority, conflict, legitimacy, political parties, elections, interest groups, international organizations, coup d'etats, and executive, legislative and judicial decision-making. The department offers both a major and a minor in Political Science. In the political science department at DePauw, as in virtually every political science department in the United States, a disproportionate number of courses treat the American political system. But there are also courses on political systems in other countries and regions (Europe,the Middle East,China, India, and the Third World more generally), on relations among and between nations, and on issues and questions that transcend the politics of any particular place. Many Political Science students enhance their understanding of politics through relevant off-campus experiences, including internships in various government offices, participation in election campaigns, Winter Term travel, and studying overseas or in Washington for a semester. Political Science majors and minors have gone on to successful careers in elected and appointed government positions, journalism, business, research, teaching, and law. Students wishing to count courses taken off campus toward a major or minor in political science must have prior approval from their academic advisor and the chair of the department. It is not recommended that courses substituting for POLS 110, 130, 150 or 170 be taken off-campus.
Requirements for a major
|Total courses required||Nine|
|Core courses||5 total. Must complete three of four subfield introductory courses (POLS 110, POLS 130, POLS 150, POLS 170), a course from any level in the other subfield, and POLS 450.|
|Other required courses|
|Number 300 and 400 level courses||Three (including POLS 450)|
|Senior requirement and capstone experience||The senior requirement consists of the completion of POLS 450 with a grade of C or better.|
POLS 156 cannot be counted as credit for a political science major.
|Recent changes in major||POLS 230 and POLS 270 were renumbered to POLS 130 and POLS 170. The Core Courses requirement was changed from POLS 110, POLS 150, POLS 230, POLS 270, POLS 450 to the above. Effective for all entering Fall 2010 and as an option for students entering prior to Fall 2010. POLS 230 and POLS 270 may be substituted for POLS 130 and POLS 170. 3/1/2010.|
Requirements for a minor
|Total courses required||Five|
|Core courses||Two from POLS 110, POLS 130, POLS 150, POLS 170|
|Other required courses|
|Number 300 and 400 level courses||One|