Requirements for the Political Science major encourage the study of all four major areas – American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political philosophy.

Political Science learning objectives

The department is structured to entice students to take electives that fit their passions; and to culminate their experience with an in-depth research project of their own choosing. The members of the Political Science Department see political science as encompassing a wide range of academic and practical skills. Graduates of the political science department will leave with:

  1. Both broad and specialized content knowledge in Political Science;
  2. Skills in critical thinking, including empirical and normative analysis;
  3. Communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  4. The ability to apply what they learn to real-world problems and issues outside of the classroom; and
  5. Preparation appropriate for a range of opportunities for higher education, careers, service, and a rewarding intellectual life.

Political Science major requirements (10 credits)

Note: If you entered Monmouth College prior to Fall 2018 you can choose to either follow the requirements below OR our old program requirements. Talk to an advisor about these options.

Required courses

  • POLS 103 American Politics
  • POLS 200 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 230 Political Philosophy
  • POLS 270 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 415 Senior Seminar*

*The Senior Seminar is a two-semester class that usually requires the student to be present for their entire senior year. If you need an exception to this policy, you should contact your Political Science advisor or the Department Chair.

One of the following quantitative reasoning in practice (QRP) courses

  • POLS 208 Understanding Capitalism
  • POLS 210 Public Opinion
  • POLS 287 Political Psychology
  • POLS 375 Environmental Politics

Four other Political Science courses, at least two of which are 300 level or above

Political Science minor requirements (5 credits)

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.

Transfer Credits

The department will accept most transfer credits as applicable towards the major. Decisions are typically made on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Department Chair for more information. More information for transfer students is available on our Admission Transfer Credits page.

Study Abroad Credits

All Political Science students are encouraged to consider a study abroad program or our Semester in Washington, DC program. The department will work with interested students to make sure that they can complete their major while participating in those programs.

Teacher Licensure

Students wishing to become high school political science teachers can major in Social Science Education with a concentration in Political Science.