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Political Science, Field II: International Relations, B.A.

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Angela Bos, Chair
Jeremy Bowling
Kent Kille
Matthew Krain (on leave Fall 2016)
Jeffrey Lantis (on leave Spring 2017)
Michele Leiby
Eric Moskowitz
Boubacar N’Diaye
Bas van Doorn
Desiree Weber

Political Science is concerned with the study of power, government, and the state. Power relationships among individuals, groups, nations, and their governmental and policy results are examined using a variety of political science methods, including case studies, textual analysis, field research, interviews, and statistical analysis of quantitative data.

The discipline is divided into four major fields, listed below. Students of United States national politics examine the interactions among citizens, political parties, interest groups, social movements, and government institutions in the United States. Comparative politics provides students with a broader view of their own society by putting their experience into the context of how other societies in different parts of the world have attempted to solve problems of governance, justice, economic development, and political stability. International relations is concerned with patterns of conflict and cooperation among nations, countries, international organizations, and non-governmental actors such as human rights organizations, terrorist groups, and multinational corporations. Political theorists question the philosophical underpinnings of our understanding of the political world and implications for justice and the common good.

A major in Political Science provides the diverse analytical and critical skills appropriate to a liberal arts education at The College of Wooster. Political Science majors often continue their education by attending graduate school or law school. Many of our majors are employed by interest groups, government officials, research organizations, campaigns, and law and business firms.

Special Notes

  • The two 100-level courses should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Students will be asked to confirm their concentration field when they declare their major.
  • Students who declare a concentration in Field I, II, or IV are required to take PSCI 35000 , usually in the junior year. Students who declare a concentration in Field III are required to take PSCI 33000 , usually in the junior year.
  • Students should consult their adviser or the chair of the department concerning which courses might best complement their chosen concentration and interests.
  • Senior Independent Study is completed in the field of concentration.
  • Students may count towards graduation as many as three additional elective courses in Political Science. Indeed, students are strongly encouraged to take additional upper-division political science courses in order to acquire depth of understanding in preparation for internships and Senior Independent Study.
  • Teaching Licensure: Interested students should consult with the chairs of Political Science and Education during their first year of study.
  • Advanced Placement: A student may receive advanced placement credit in Political Science if a score of 4 or 5 is obtained on the following AP tests:
    • United States Government and Politics Test: credit for PSCI 11000 
    • Comparative Government and Politics Test: credit for PSCI 14000  
  • Qualifying students must see the chair of Political Science. The advanced placement policy of the College is explained in the section on Academic Policies .
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.

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