Political science is the analysis of power dynamics within and between societies and nation-states. We conduct theoretical and practical analysis to explore, explain, and predict political behavior at the individual, group and institutional levels. Comparative studies of the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia as well as insights from sociology, political psychology, media studies, and economics are utilized in the study of power across audiences; we work together to develop the skills to do this effectively. Our students are encouraged to participate in internships, collaborate with practitioners, and work in political settings.
The political science major is intended for students who plan to attend law school, pursue graduate study, or enter public service. Significant objectives of the program are to develop analytic skills and the ability to communicate the results of research. Major emphasis is placed on the comparative approach to the study of politics as applied to political culture, institutions, behavior, theory, and public policy. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge by meeting with practitioners and by working in political settings. The program is rigorous and must be approached with seriousness. The record of accomplishment of students in the program can be obtained from the faculty of political science.
Upon completion of the political science major, students will be able to
- demonstrate competency in the fields of American politics and comparative politics,
- demonstrate competency in basic methods of empirical social science analysis,
- demonstrate competency in critical thinking, research and analysis skills,
- demonstrate competency in the formulation of theses and research questions,
- demonstrate competency in synthesizing information about politics.
For more information, including a course listing, please visit the Disciplinary Major/Minor section of the most recent issue of the Birmingham-Southern College Catalog.