Political Science Degree (B.A.), Political Studies Concentration

Why Choose a Concentration in Political Studies?

Courses in the Political Studies Concentration examine the broad philosophical and practical understanding of politics in the U. S. and abroad, and apply these to contemporary political issues.

Requirements for the Political Science Degree, Political Studies Concentration

Requirement for the Political Science Major - 36 Credits

    Required Major Core – 9 Credits

      Required Courses

      • POLS 0101 - American National Government
      • POLS 0206 - Political Analysis

      One of the following political theory courses

      • POLS 0215 - American Political Thought
      • POLS 0301 - Classical Political Thought
      • POLS 0302 - Modern Political Thought
      • POLS 0335 - Feminist Political Thought
      • POLS 0340 - Politics and “The Family”
      • ** Additional theory courses may qualify with department chair approval

      Political Studies Concentration - 12 credits

      Courses that introduce to the broad philosophical and practical understanding of Political Science and its application to contemporary political issues (12 credits: choose four, at least two at the 300-level).

        At least one course selected from the following:

         

        • POLS 0110 - Introduction to Asian Studies
        • POLS 0209 - International Relations
        • POLS 0210 - Comparative European Government
        • POLS 0231 - Latin American Politics
        • POLS 0323 - Selected Topics in Political Science **

        At least one course selected from the following:

         

        • POLS 0301 - Classical Political Thought
        • POLS 0302 - Modern Political Thought
        • POLS 0335 - Feminist Political Thought
        • * These theory courses taken for the Political Studies concentration may count toward the Required Major Core credits.

        At least one course selected from the following:

         

        • POLS 0305 - American Foreign Policy
        • POLS 0321 - American Public Policy

        Additional Options:

         

        • POLS 0323 - Selected Topics in Political Science
        • POLS 0397 - Political Science Internship **
        • POLS 0398 - Washington Internship **
        • POLS 0399 - Independent Study

        Required Electives - 15 Credits

        15 credits of additional political science course work.

        For Selected Topics courses (POLS 0323) to count toward the field of concentration, the courses must be within that field.

        Students transferring from another school must complete a minimum of 18 credits in Political Science at Westfield State University.

        The Department of Political Science encourages students to participate in internships.  Students may apply up to 6 credits of internships toward the 36-credit major, 3 of which may be applied toward the 18-credit minor.  For details, see the department internship manual on from the link   https://www.westfield.ma.edu/images/uploads/political-science/Internship_Manual.pdf or pick up a copy in the department.

          Additional Graduation Requirements

          All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .