2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science, American Politics Concentration, B.A.


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Students wanting to earn a degree in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics must complete a specific set of requirements for the concentration as defined below, in addition to the required coursework for the Political Science major.

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 Major Core Courses (12 credits) 

POLS 0101 - American National Government Credits: 3 

POLS 0206 - Political Analysis Credits: 3 

ENGL 0204 - Comp II: Rhetoric and Research Credits: 3 

 

And one of the following political theory courses 

POLS 0215 - American Political Thought Credits: 3 

POLS 0301 - Classical Political Thought Credits: 3 

POLS 0302 - Modern Political Thought Credits: 3 

POLS 0335 - Feminist Political Thought Credits: 3 

POLS 0340 - Politics and “The Family” Credits: 3 

* Additional theory courses may qualify with department chair approval 

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.

American Politics Concentration - 12 credits


Courses that examine how American government - local and national - functions and how policies are formulated and implemented in the United States (12 credits: choose four, at least two at the 300-level).

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 .

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