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Political Science - Major/Minor

For information contact Dr. Christine Carpino ccarpino@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3923

Program Description

Majoring in political science will expose students to knowledge and skills that are applicable across a range of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Substantively, the program will immerse students in the key political, economic, legal and global issues facing contemporary American society and develop their critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills. 

The Political Science program provides students with a strong foundation of fundamental concepts, theories and courses in the discipline, while also allowing students to focus their course of study in one of three areas of interest: American Politics, Global Politics, and Law and Society. Additionally, Political Science is a multidisciplinary program of study that exposes students to a diverse array of academic perspectives, including economics, history, communications, and criminal justice. Students who are planning to go to law school are encouraged to minor in Pre-Law and participate in the college’s Pre-Law program, which provides individualized assistance in regard to all phases of the law school admissions process.

Program Mission Statement

The Political Science program educates women to be leaders in the global community. Political Science majors are prepared to assume leadership roles in the fields of public affairs and policy, education, law, communications, and business. Students gain a multidisciplinary perspective on the enduring questions of justice in American society and the global community, while honing the analytical and communications skills that are essential to success in the 21st century.

Program Outcomes

Political Science Major

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.

Major Requirements: 36 credits (all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated)

Required Courses: (7 courses/21 credits)

In addition to completing the required courses, Political Science majors will choose one of the following concentrations. As new, relevant courses are added in other disciplines, they may count toward the concentration electives with permission of the Program Director.

American Government Concentration: Choose 5 classes/15 credits from among the courses below

Global Politics Concentration: Choose 5 classes/15 credits from among the courses below

Law and Society Concentration: Choose 5 classes/15 credits from among the courses below

Integrative Concentration Portfolio
Senior Political Science majors will be asked to submit a portfolio of work completed within their concentration for review. Students should retain all graded papers, essays, and other work as approved by the Program Director, from courses taken to complete their concentration. Additional information about the nature of the portfolio will be provided by the Program Director.

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

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

Required Courses (9 credits)

The remaining 9 credits (3 courses) may be chosen from any required or elective course offerings approved for the Political Science major. Political Science minors are strongly encouraged to choose the remaining 9 credits to reflect a common theme or focus.

 


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