The objectives of the Department of Political Science are to:
• foster well-informed, critical thinking about politics and public policy (as well as things related to politics such as human nature, society, economics, etc.),
• promote life-long interest in politics,
• teach essential facts about political institutions and behavior,
• foster practical experience in politics and government,
• produce students with superior writing and speaking ability, and
• adequately prepare those students who wish to go on to graduate or law school.
You need to take 10 courses for a Major in Political Science
The following five courses are required for the Political Science Major:
POLS 200 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 270 Introduction to International Relations
POLS 411 Political Philosophy from Plato to the Present
You need at least one course from the following:
POLS 295 The Politics of Criminal Justice
POLS 333 U.S. Foreign Policy
POLS 375 Environmental Politics
POLS 397 States and Markets
Plus 4 additional courses from Political Science
Required Courses for the Political Science Minor
Two courses must be taken out of the following four fields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. At least 4 of the 5 courses must be taken at Monmouth College campuses and two of these courses must be at or above 300 level.
Students seeking teacher certification in this area should refer to pages 59–66.