Political Science - Major/Minor

For information contact Professor Maynard Cressman, mlcressm@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3502

Program Description

The Political Science program is designed to prepare women for successful careers in law and public affairs. Substantively, the program will immerse you in the key political, economic, legal, and global issues facing contemporary American society—while also helping you to develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills which increasingly are in demand in an era of globalization. In short, a major or minor in Political Science will help to prepare you for a wide variety of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors of the new global economy.

The Political Science program is dedicated to exploring the relationship between law and justice in the 21st century. Both the major and the minor adhere to the American Bar Association’s recommendations on undergraduate education by offering students a multidisciplinary program of study that will expose you to a diverse array of academic perspectives, including sociology, economics, history, philosophy, politics, criminal justice, forensics and international affairs. Students who are planning to go to law school also are strongly encouraged to participate in the college’s Pre-law Advising program which provides individualized assistance in regard to all phases of the law school admissions process.

Given our emphasis on law and justice, you will be strongly encouraged to supplement your coursework with community-based field experiences and internships – either locally through government and nonprofit agencies in the Lehigh Valley or in conjunction with the Washington Semester program sponsored by the American University in Washington D.C. Students also are eligible to participate in the Public Leadership Education Network – an association of professional women dedicated to promoting career and internship opportunities for women in the fields of law and public policy.

The Political Science program also offers students an opportunity to participate in a number of other extracurricular activities including mock trials, state and local election campaigns, pre-law forums, workshops dedicated to the law school admissions process, and a variety of student clubs and organizations.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the PSC program is to prepare women to assume leadership roles in the fields of law and public by providing students with a multidisciplinary perspective on the enduring questions of justice in American society and the global community while also honing the analytical and communications skills which are essential to success in the 21st century.

Political Science Major

Total number of credits required by program: 39 credits

Program Requirements

To apply transfer credits toward the completion of major requirements, students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each course to be transferred. Courses completed more than ten years ago will not be accepted for purposes of completing the requirements of the major.

Course Requirements

Foundational Courses – Complete all of the following (15 credits)
PHI 200 Ethics
PSC 202 Law and Justice
PSC 207 Law and Women’s Rights
PSC 218 Criminal Procedure & Constitutional Rights
PSC 250 Modern Political Thought

Diversity & Justice – Select 2 from the following (6 credits)
HIS 232 The African-American Freedom Struggle
PSY 224 Women in the Workplace
REL 227 Islam in America
SWK 300 Community Organizing

Global Perspectives on Justice – Select 2 from the following (6 credits)
ANT 310 Women in the Developing World
ECO 222 Economic Geography
PSC 211 The New Global Economy
SOC 222 Social Justice: A Global Perspective

Law & Order – Select 2 from the following (6 credits)
CRJ 206 Class, Race, Gender and Crime
CRJ 316 Crime and Public Policy
PSC 300 Topics in Law and Public Policy
PSY 309 Forensic Psychology

Law & Society – Select 2 from the following (6 credits)
CST 234 Media, Law and Ethics
ECO 201 Government, Business & Society
PHI 320 Biomedical Ethics
PSC 210 American Public Policy

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

Students can fulfill the college’s Technology and Information Literacy requirements by successfully completing the major’s foundational courses.

To satisfy the college’s Mathematics and Logic Requirement, students are strongly recommended to take MAT 110 Probability & Statistics and PHI 131 Introduction to Logic.

To satisfy the college’s Oral Presentation requirements, students are strongly recommended to take either CST 270 Debate and Argumentation or THS 105 Public Speaking.

Learning Outcomes

  • To engage effectively as a citizen by applying knowledge of U.S. political processes.
  • To apply knowledge of the development and roles of nation states in relationship to each other on the world stage.
  • To apply knowledge of the development of laws and legal processes to advance human rights.
  • To apply knowledge of social and economic development in the world to advance social and economic justice.

Political Science Minor

Program Requirements

To apply transfer credits toward the completion of minor requirements, students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in each course to be transferred. Courses completed more than ten years ago will not be accepted for purposes of completing the requirements of the minor.

Course Requirements: 18 credits

Foundational Courses – Complete both (6 credits)
PHI 200 Ethics
PSC 202 Law and Justice

Diversity & Justice – Select 1 from the following (3 credits)
HIS 232 The African-American Freedom Struggle
PSY 224 Women in the Workplace
REL 227 Islam in America
SWK 300 Community Organizing

Globalization & Justice – Select 1 from the following (3 credits)
ANT 310 Women in the Developing World
ECO 222 Economic Geography
PSC 211 The New Global Economy 

SOC 222 Social Justice: A Global Perspective

Law & Order – Select 1 from the following (3 credits)
CRJ 206 Class, Race, Gender and Crime
CRJ 316 Crime and Public Policy
PSC 300 Topics in Law and Public Policy
PSY 309 Forensic Psychology

Law & Society – Select 1 from the following (3 credits)
CST 234 Media, Law and Ethics
ECO 201 Government, Business & Society
PHI 320 Biomedical Ethics
PSC 210 American Public Policy