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.
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).
* 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.