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Political Science, B.A.

Studying political science teaches you to think critically and communicate effectively, challenges you to analyze problems through multiple points of view, and encourages you to develop a global perspective of citizenship.

John Carroll’s program is highly flexible in structure, affording you the ability to pursue focused inquiries into your own areas of interest, follow specialized concentrations, or complete a double major. If you decide to pursue the major, you’ll attend a senior exit interview with the department, and be required to take the Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT) during the second semester of your senior year.

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.

Law & Society Major Concentration

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.

Global & Foreign Area Studies Major Concentration

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.

Methods and Spatial Analysis Major Concentration

This concentration is for those majors who wish to develop skills in data analysis with particular emphasis on the expanding field of spatial analysis. Students will take such courses as: Political Analysis, Research Methods, and Marxist Thought.

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, & Politics; The Politics of the European Union; U.S. Congress; Social Movements; U.S. Elections; International Conflict & Security; International Institutions, Law, and Human Rights; Urban Politics; African Politics; and Nationalism & Citizenship.