Area of Social Learning
The political science major is designed for those who wish to understand politics, effectively engage the world around them, and make a difference. It prepares students to study law, work in government service, research, or teach in a school setting. The political science curriculum provides a broad foundation in the study of American political history, the institutions of government and governmental agencies, and the relationships among levels of government as well as the peoples served by those governments and their agencies.
There are two emphases available: the General Track and the International Politics Track. The General Track is designed for those students who desire a broad foundation in all areas of politics within the United States, while the International Politics Track prepares students to engage political realities within the context of global studies. Students may also choose to participate in the American Studies Program (see American Studies Program) in consultation with their adviser.
Graduates with a major in political science are expected to:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of American politics, international politics, and political theory,
- Use diverse methods to understand and analyze political institutions and political conflicts,
- Be prepared across the political science discipline for a wide range of careers, not limited to but including law school, graduate school, and government service, and
- Demonstrate an awareness of the roles and responsibilities of citizenship at the local, national, and international levels
Political Science major – B.A. (39 hrs)
The following general education requirements are fulfilled in both tracks of the major:
Total number of required hours:
General track: 39 hours
International Politics track: 39 hours
To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if chosen), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-2014 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.
Senior Major Exam
The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students pursuing double majors must complete a majors exam in each major. The majors exam for political science is the Major Field Test. All political science majors must complete this test prior to graduation.
Licensure is pending approval from the State of Tennessee. Students seeking teacher licensure should take either POLS 203 or POLS 360 as an American Politics elective and POLS 350 as an International Politics elective. Additional education courses and student teaching are required.
The political science minor is designed for those who wish to study law or prepare for government service. Political science might be taken as a valuable adjunct to a major in history or business administration and economics.
The political science minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:
The political science minor provides a broad foundation in the study of the political process, the function of government and governmental agencies, and the relationships among levels of government as well as the peoples served by those governments and their agencies.
Students completing this minor will:
Required courses in the minor:
The following general education requirements are fulfilled in the minor:
Total number of required hours: 18
History majors pursuing secondary teaching licensure
History majors pursuing secondary teaching licensure may add a government endorsement by adding this minor and appropriate student teaching experience to their program of study. For more information concerning teaching licensure, view the Education: Licensure programs section of the catalog.