The International Studies major concentration offers courses examining cultures, societies, political systems and economies of the world, in their diversity and independence.
Requirements for the Political Science Major
39 total credits are required to fulfill this major's requirements, as defined below:
- 12 credits of Political Science Core courses
- 12 credits within the chosen concentration
- 15 credits of additional Political Science electives
Students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Options for Law and International Studies concentrations should expect to complete 18 credits within their concentration, and 9 credits of elective coursework.
Students transferring in coursework from other schools 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 Internship credits toward the 39 credit major.
- 3 of these Internship credits may be applied to the concentration.
- Up to 3 of these Internship credits may be applied toward the 18-credit minor.
For details about Political Science Internship credits, please click here to view the department's Internship manual, or contact the department.
Required Major Core Courses (12 credits)
Required Electives (9-15 credits)
Students must complete 15 credits of additional Political Science coursework.
Students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Options for Law or International Studies concentrations should expect to complete 9 credits in this area.
International Studies Concentration (12 credits)
12 credits are required of this concentration. This concentration focuses on courses that discuss political systems, economies, and cultures of the world; international relations and world politics; and international norms and organizations.
Required International Studies Course
This course is required for the concentration:
Choose 3 courses from the following:
- POLS 0110 - Introduction to Asian Studies
- POLS 0210 - Comparative European Government
- POLS 0211 - Comparative Foreign Policy
- POLS 0220 - International Law and Human Rights
- POLS 0224 - Politics of Developing Countries
- POLS 0230 - Asian Politics
- POLS 0231 - Latin American Politics
- POLS 0305 - American Foreign Policy
- POLS 0323 - Selected Topics in Political Science
- POLS 0337 - The World at War
- POLS 0397 - Political Science Internship
- POLS 0398 - Washington Internship
- POLS 0399 - Independent Study
- *POLS 0211 may be taken only with instructor permission, and will only count once for the concentration. However, it may be taken up to three times for the major and a fourth time for general (non-major) elective credit, as the course focuses on different countries. Additional courses may count with department chair approval.
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.
- Students will demonstrate critical political thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills.
- Students will identify and articulate an ideological stance.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative political research of others, and conduct their own political research.