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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”

      Required Major Concentration - 12-18 Credits

      12 credits in one of the Political Science concentrations.18 credits for students pursuing Law interdisciplinary option or International Studies interdisciplinary option.

        Required Electives - 9 -15 Credits

        15 credits of additional political science course work. 9 credits of additional political science coursework for students pursuing the Law interdisciplinary option or International Studies interdisciplinary option.

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

        Students transferring from another college 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 internship toward the 36-credit major, 3 of which may be applied to the field of concentration. Up to 3 credits of internship may be applied toward the 18-credit minor. For details, see the department internship manual on the web page or pick up a copy in the department.

          Political Studies

          Courses examine the broad philosophical and practical understanding of politics in the U. S. and abroad, and apply these to contemporary political issues. Prepares students for teaching and graduate study in Political Science (12 credits; choose 4, at least 2 at the 300-level).

            At least one course selected from the following:

             

            • POLS 0209 - International Relations
            • POLS 0210 - Comparative European Government
            • POLS 0224 - Politics of Developing Countries

            At least one course selected from the following:

             

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

            At least one course selected from the following:

             

            • POLS 0301 - Classical Political Thought
            • POLS 0302 - Modern Political Thought
            • POLS 0335 - Feminist Political Thought

            Additional Options:

             

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

            Note:

            * Comparative Foreign Policy may be taken only with permission of the instructor and taken only one time for the field of concentration. However, it may be taken three times for the major and a fourth time for college elective credit, as the course will focus on different countries.

            *Washington Center Internships are offered for up to 15 credits. Students may apply 6 credits to the major, 9 credits if they also enroll in a political science course offered by the Washington Center.

              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 .