Requirements for Major
A minimum of 36 semester credits, including Political Science 101S, 102S, or 251S, 260Z, and any political theory class chosen from among the following: 211R, 212R, 215R, or 216R. A minimum of 4 semester credits must be taken in each of the 3 areas listed below. (The required political theory course counts as a course in that area.) Sixteen semester credits must be completed at the 300 level or above. Methodology (260Z) should be taken no later than the spring semester of the junior year. Exceptions may be granted to permit students to take advantage of year-long off campus programs. Topics courses in each area, the Political Science Seminar, Independent Study, or the Internship may satisfy area requirements depending on course content.
Majors must attend departmental colloquia each semester and submit a one-page reaction paper within one week following the colloquium. Attendance may be considered when writing letters of recommendation.
Senior Comprehensive Exam
All majors are required to complete a two-part senior assessment exam during the Spring Semester of their senior year.
Recommended in Related Departments
Economics 190S and Mathematics 127Q are strongly recommended.
See the Learning Goals for the major below the course listings.
Area I: Comparative Politics and International Relations
Area II: Political Theory and Law
Area III: American Politics
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
CURRICULUM AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
With a Political Science degree from Wittenberg, students will find success in a variety of settings–-in the public and private sectors, higher education and beyond-–by developing skills in critical thinking, communication and data analysis, all in the context of appreciating and leveraging knowledge of the key role that politics plays in human interactions from the local to the global level.
A student majoring in Political Science should develop skill and achieve proficiency in the following four areas:
1. Critical Thinking – A student will be able to describe, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate politics.
2. Communication Skills – A student will be able to communicate effectively, delivering content in a form that is appropriate for the intended audience.
3. Data Analysis – A student will be able to comprehend quantitative political science research, and design and conduct their own research projects in political science that test hypotheses with quantitative data.
4. Knowledge of Politics – A student will be able to define and discuss key concepts/ideas in at least two/three subfields of political science.