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Political Science, B.A.

Political science is a social science that analyzes the existing foundations of state and existing principles of government in relation to human life. As a major, you will become cognizant of the ongoing power dynamics that invariably shape your life as a world citizen, and, throughout your studies, you will further sharpen your skills in critical analysis and communication.

John Carroll’s program is flexible in structure, offering you the ability to pursue specialized concentrations—such as Legal Studies, Global Studies, and Applied Politics—or focused inquiries into your own areas of interest. 

What Will You Learn?

Study begins with the political science core courses—including U.S. Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Thought, and Research Methods—which provide an overview of this discipline's basic fields. Political science majors then branch out into their 18 hours of elective courses, either within a concentration or an area of personal interest.

Major Concentration: Legal Studies

This concentration is for those majors interested in the study of law and its relationship to society and social theory. It is also useful for those students interested in pursuing a career in law. Students will take such courses as: Civil Rights and Liberties, Judicial Politics, Wrongful Convictions, and The U.S. Supreme Court.

Major Concentration: Global Studies

This concentration is for those majors who wish to prepare themselves for advanced study in comparative politics or international relations, or for a government or private sector career dealing with foreign affairs. Students will take such courses as: Globalization and Economic Development, International Political Economy, Islam and Politics, Latin American Politics, Comparative Health Policy, and Global Debt and Justice.

Major Concentration: Applied Politics

This concentration is for those majors who wish to develop tangible skills that can be applied to the American political system. Students will take such courses as: Applied Politics, Politics and Mapping, Model Arab League Simulation, Urban Politics, U.S. Congress, Introduction to Policy Analysis, and Interest Groups and Political Parties.

Follow Your Own Major Specialization

Once majors complete their core courses, they may choose to follow their own specialization by taking any of our 200 and 300 level courses, which include: History, Culture, and Politics; The Politics of the European Union; U.S. Congress; Social Movements; U.S. Elections; International Conflict and Security; International Institutions, Law, and Human Rights; Urban Politics; African Politics; and Nationalism and Citizenship.