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Political Science Major

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

“I enjoy the sense of belonging to something much larger than myself and the possibility of contributing to years of work that serve as the foundation for inspiring ideas such as freedom, equality and peace." - John Zook, Class of 2017

Choose from one of three tracks in the political science major: standard, public policy and pre-law.

Plan to go to law school? You can follow the pre-law track in the political science major, or pursue another major (including political science under the standard or public policy tracks) and add a pre-law concentration. Check out all the options available for you under Pre-Law.

Interested in getting your master’s in public policy or master’s in public administration? Complete the public policy track of the political science degree or add the politics and public policy concentration.

Want to pursue a career or graduate study in international relations or security studies? Add a global studies minor and a world languages and cultures major or minor to your political science degree.

If you’re interested in graduate study or a career in environmental policy, consider choosing the public policy track and adding either a major in biology or environmental science or a minor in environmental science.

If you plan to pursue graduate study or a career in criminal justice or public safety, add the crime and justice minor in the sociology department.

Political Science Major

Students must complete 22 credits of core courses and 21 credits from one of the three tracks (standard, public policy or pre-law). A student who successfully completes the Standard Track or the Pre-Law Track will receive a bachelor of arts degree. A student who successfully completes the Public Policy Track will receive a bachelor of science degree. Consists of 43 credit hours distributed as follows:

Core Courses (22 credits)

Introduction to American politics covering the development of American democracy relations between the states and the federal government elections the role of the media the three branches of national government and current public policy. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education social sciences

Unit(s): 3

Changing conceptions of freedom and virtue in ancient Greece to contemporary political philosophy. Students analyze popular films to illustrate and critique philosophical theories. Prerequisite ENG 110 and PDP 150 or 350 General Education philosophy or religion & ethical reasoning

Unit(s): 3

Introduces students to the world as a site of political activity. Examines institutions and processes on a global scale. Topics include sovereignty power globalization war multilateral institutions the environment trade development poverty and a variety of current events. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education Global Dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the diversity of political structures processes cultures ideologies and change (revolution democratization etc.) as manifested in multiple national political systems in the global community. Introduces the application of social science methods to political phenomena. Considers the outcomes of political systems for human well-being. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

An introduction to the production of knowledge about political phenomena. Topics include the relationship between theory and research formulation of research questions and research design and quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will understand and evaluate scholarly research in the field and conduct their own research projects.

Unit(s): 3

This course is designed to prepare the political science student for entry into the job market or further study at the graduate level. This class meets once a week and addresses issues of relevance to the political science professional. Topics of relevance to postgraduates including graduate exams graduate applications and resume and interview preparation will be discussed. Students will prepare a career portfolio individually designed to meet their specific needs in which professional and graduate school applcation materials will be collected. The portfolio will be fully assessed at the end of the semester. Prerequisite Junior standing

Unit(s): 1

Examination of the origins and development of contemporary notions of freedom democracy and equality from Nietzsche to contemporary political philosophy. Topics include liberalism libertarianism and post-modern political thought. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education 2014 Philosophy or Religion Ethical Reasoning Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of significant professional literature in political science and international studies through preparation and presentation of a major research paper.

Unit(s): 3

Track 1- Standard

Receives the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

United States Politics (9 credits)

This course is an introduction to State and Local Government and Virginia Government in particular. The course will help students better understand how structures of local and state governments are established and redefined by the people. Topics will include federalism and the institutions of state government state and local policies and financing Virginia state government state involvement in American politics the structure of state institutions and how states differ.

Unit(s): 3

Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include womens influence on the development of the modern American welfare state feminism public policy issues of special importance to women and social movement strategies. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the role of mass media in American politics. Topics include the effect of journalistic norms on political news the impact of new media technologies from newspapers to the Internet media objectivity and the effect of media on political reasoning and behavior.

Unit(s): 3

This course is an in-depth analysis to the topic of Political Psychology. The course will combine knowledge from Political Science and Psychology and help students to broaden their political and psychological knowledge. Topics will include the purpose of political psychology individuals identity groups nations and the interactions between each of these. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
and ENG-110

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US Supreme court decisions in the areas of federalism and the powers of the three branches of the federal government. Topics include judicial review the war powers of the President substantive due process government takings and the commerce clause. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US Supreme Court decisions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. Topics include first amendment rights to freedom of speech press and assembly due process rights and rights to equal protection. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the most pressing domestic issues confronting American society in the 21st century and the institutions and legal regimes developed to administer public policy. Topics include health care education criminal justice social welfare policies immigration environmental issues organizational theory bureaucratic management and budgeting. Emphasizes active learning with simulations debates and engagement with public policy and public administration professionals. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development and implementation of public policy with an emphasis on understanding change in policy regimes over time and the variety of regulatory mechanisms. Students research public policy on a topic of their choosing such as agriculture social welfare health care or environment. Alternate years offered 2014-2015

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how Congress the Presidency and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process interest group activities and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Global Politics (12 credits, 3 credits may be in HIST courses)

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes noting especially the challenges of democracy development and inequality. Examines the regions relationship with the rest of the world including the United States. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

PSCI-335
History structures issues and politics of the United Nations and a consideration of the organizations role in world politics. This course may include travel to New York City or Washington DC. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education Global dynamics 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost for travel to Washington DC 150 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the continuity and changes in the contexts structures processes actors and issues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Major themes questions problems and events in global politics as chosen by the instructor. Students will engage in written and public discourse concerning topics that are global in scope and important to understanding politics in the twenty-first century. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
FILA global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Examination of major foreign policy issues facing the United States and consideration of policy options available. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 FILA general education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions rules and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights the International Criminal Court the World Trade Organization and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive Course Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Political implications of global economic relations including such topics as the politics of trade monetary relations financial crises development global systems of production and consumption and multinational corporations. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General education global dynamics & writing intensive Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines political economic and culture trends in British history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the present day. Modern Britain stands as one of the cornerstones of the contemporary world and its politics and culture influenced global society in countless way ranging from soccer to modern environmentalism to constitutional law. The course focuses on several major themes including the role of religion finance and industry the royal family sport and most important of all social class in building British society. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the major driving forces of modern British history and the ways that they compare and interrelate with Europe the United State and the world. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Analyzes the connection between the medieval crusading movement and modern Middle Eastern terrorism by analyzing the historical context for claims used to justify violent Islamic extremism. Students work to build a balanced historical perspective and engage their social responsibility to present reasoned opinions in the public discourse over modern terrorism. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of western intervention imperialism and nation building in Central Asia and Afghanistan from the initial periods of Russian and British expansion into the region in the early eighteenth century to the American and NATO intervention in Afghanistan in the twenty-first century. Major themes include cultural and political interaction between local societies and the British Russians Soviets and Americans. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education 2014 world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Survey of East Asia (China and Japan) from 1800 to the present. Emphasis is upon the different paths towards modernity taken by each society the conflicts involved in the attainment of modernity and the impact of the West during the period. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys the history of Modern Africa from the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present and places special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. It approaches the history of the continent through consideration of the nature and impact of European intrusion into African societies and African responses to European imperialism. Moreover the course examines how independent African nations have addressed the legacies of their history and the challenges independence has posed for African nations. Special topics include Apartheid the struggle against segregation African women feminism development and the difficulty in creating viable democracies and stable economies in the late twentieth-century. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Covers key topics in the modern history of France since 1871. Survey of the modern period of French history through the lens of a special topic. Topics may include France at war in the 20th century French intellectuals and the world multicultural France or social transformation in modern France. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events and problems in non-western history chosen by the instructor. The course can be either global in perspective or specific to a region. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of India and Pakistan from the beginning of British rule in the early 1700s to the present. A region of the world that is by the day becoming more important to the Unites States and the West this class explores the major issues of modern South Asian history including the rise of British dominion the Indian revolt of 1857-58 the escalation of religious communalism growth of nationalism Indias partition and independence and the current nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan by focusing on the complex interplay between nationalism imperialism and the three major religions of the region - Hinduism Islam and Sikhism - over the last 300 years. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of Japan in the early modern and modern times. While chronologically surveying political economic social and cultural changes the course explores key themes including projects of building a modern nation-state and empire and of rebuilding the society after World War II and the roles played by gender family and nationalism in those projects. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3


Unit(s): 3

Europeans relationship with the rest of the world from the origins of modern European empires in the 19th-century to the process of decolonization in the 20th-century to current debates about neo-imperialism and neo-colonialism. Examines the effects of empire on both the colonizers and the colonized. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Track 2- Public Policy

Receives the bachelor of science degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

A comprehensive introduction to the process of developing implementing and evaluating public policy. Covers the policy process in both theoretical and practical terms including the structure of institutions decisions made throughout the process and consequences of decision-making or non-decision-making. Areas of public policy addressed include criminal justice policy regulatory policy and healthcare advocacy and policy. Co-requisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education social sciences

Unit(s): 3

Public Policy (15 credits, 9 credits must be in PSCI courses)

Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include womens influence on the development of the modern American welfare state feminism public policy issues of special importance to women and social movement strategies. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the role of mass media in American politics. Topics include the effect of journalistic norms on political news the impact of new media technologies from newspapers to the Internet media objectivity and the effect of media on political reasoning and behavior.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the most pressing domestic issues confronting American society in the 21st century and the institutions and legal regimes developed to administer public policy. Topics include health care education criminal justice social welfare policies immigration environmental issues organizational theory bureaucratic management and budgeting. Emphasizes active learning with simulations debates and engagement with public policy and public administration professionals. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development and implementation of public policy with an emphasis on understanding change in policy regimes over time and the variety of regulatory mechanisms. Students research public policy on a topic of their choosing such as agriculture social welfare health care or environment. Alternate years offered 2014-2015

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how Congress the Presidency and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process interest group activities and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the students concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship signed by the student and the faculty sponsor must be filed with the Director of Internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the Director of Internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for three credits per semester and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of nine credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

Unit(s): 3

This course will cover strategic planning and specialized public relations issues. Issues include risks crisis management social marketing campaigns and corporate and non-profit communication. Students will learn and apply advanced public relations theories and skills to case studies and real-life situations. Prerequisite COMMENG 255W

Unit(s): 3

Introduces students to the burgeoning nonprofit sector of American society. Students learn what makes an organization a nonprofit explore the purposes of a nonprofit sector in society consider the often overlooked field of nonprofit media and explore the challenges and opportunities of working in with and for nonprofit organizations. 2016 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 200 Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and COMM 100 Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the range of communication practices that characterize contemporary political campaigns. Students will process existing understandings of political communication theory in order to design and implement a semester-long campaign project.

Unit(s): 3

Examines the role of news advocacy scientific analysis decision and policy making risk perception and other factors in the communication of issues related to science environment and health. Provides students with rich theoretical background critical understanding and practical skills to produce investigate and critique communication processes related to the topics. Students in this course are required to conduct field work and original research write and publish news and analytical articles. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

This course will provide an overview of federal and state laws that are aimed at the conservation of natural resources andor protection of environmental quality. Major laws that will be covered include the National Environmental Protection Act Clean Air Act Clean Water Act the Endangered Species Act and others. Speakers from natural resourceenvironmental agencies such as the Va. Department of Environmental Quality Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Forest Service will provide practical insights into the application and implementation of environmental policy. Prerequisites BIOL 100 101 or 110 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Critical evaluation of structures of adjudication sentencing and corrections in the United States. Includes an examination of alternative approaches to justice and reconciliation such as community-based rehabilitation victimoffender conflict mediation et. Various strategies for community reintegration are also explored. Prerequisites SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Global Politics (3 credits)

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes noting especially the challenges of democracy development and inequality. Examines the regions relationship with the rest of the world including the United States. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

PSCI-335
History structures issues and politics of the United Nations and a consideration of the organizations role in world politics. This course may include travel to New York City or Washington DC. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education Global dynamics 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost for travel to Washington DC 150 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the continuity and changes in the contexts structures processes actors and issues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Major themes questions problems and events in global politics as chosen by the instructor. Students will engage in written and public discourse concerning topics that are global in scope and important to understanding politics in the twenty-first century. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
FILA global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Examination of major foreign policy issues facing the United States and consideration of policy options available. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 FILA general education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions rules and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights the International Criminal Court the World Trade Organization and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive Course Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Political implications of global economic relations including such topics as the politics of trade monetary relations financial crises development global systems of production and consumption and multinational corporations. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General education global dynamics & writing intensive Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Track 3- Pre-Law

Receives the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

Pre-Law (18 credits, 9 credits must be in PSCI courses)

Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include womens influence on the development of the modern American welfare state feminism public policy issues of special importance to women and social movement strategies. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US Supreme court decisions in the areas of federalism and the powers of the three branches of the federal government. Topics include judicial review the war powers of the President substantive due process government takings and the commerce clause. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US Supreme Court decisions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. Topics include first amendment rights to freedom of speech press and assembly due process rights and rights to equal protection. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how Congress the Presidency and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process interest group activities and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions rules and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights the International Criminal Court the World Trade Organization and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive Course Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the students concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship signed by the student and the faculty sponsor must be filed with the Director of Internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the Director of Internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for three credits per semester and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of nine credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of theories pertaining to the causes of crime and treatment of offenders. Theories of violent and property crimes (including white-collar crimes) are explored. Critical analysis of the social political and cultural context of the justice system in the United States of America with a special emphasis on questions of justice fairness and equality are also undertaken. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Analysis of juvenile crime and its connections to family structures peer groups and the educational system as well as gender race and class. Trends in juvenile corrections are examined along with current debates on reform. Special topics include gangs juvenile detention probation child advocates waiver to adult courts and hospitalization. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Investigation of the interaction between gender and social control in the United States and cross-culturally. The gendered nature of criminal activity is examined empirically and theoretically. The justice system including the correctional treatment of women is examined for its relationship to historical shifts in the status and treatment of women. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2018-2019

Unit(s): 3

Comparative study of justice systems derived from major legal traditions. The development and application of these systems is examined with an emphasis on historical trends and social forces that shape them. Comparative themes include the role of political power public perceptions systems of morality constructions of guilt and corrections philosophies. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Analytical survey of ethical and legal issues pertaining to communication professionals focusing on the new digital media landscape. Issues explored include First Amendments rights public affairs journalism copyright defamation obscenity censorship licensing corporate and governmental communications and the Digital Millennium Act.

Unit(s): 3

The U.S. legal and regulatory environment including the sources of law the resolution of disputes the Uniform Commercial Code the laws of torts contracts agency partnerships corporations employment and equal opportunity and laws regulating competition. Prerequisite BUS 120 ENG 110 and junior or senior standing

Unit(s): 3

Skills of reasoning for solving problems found in ordinary language deductive and inductive formats and in common fallacies. A brief introduction to symbolic logic scientific method and probability. Prerequisite ENG 110 General Education philosophy or religion

Unit(s): 3

Pressing issues confronting professionals in a technological era. Utilizing the insights of philosophical and religious ethics the course examines the responsibilities of the professional person in business medicine law education the ministry and other fields. Problems considered include confidentiality accountability whistleblowing governmental regulation and ethical codes. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 and junior or senior standing General Education philosophy or religion Ethical Reasoning Course

Unit(s): 3

This course will provide an overview of federal and state laws that are aimed at the conservation of natural resources andor protection of environmental quality. Major laws that will be covered include the National Environmental Protection Act Clean Air Act Clean Water Act the Endangered Species Act and others. Speakers from natural resourceenvironmental agencies such as the Va. Department of Environmental Quality Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Forest Service will provide practical insights into the application and implementation of environmental policy. Prerequisites BIOL 100 101 or 110 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Global Politics (3 credits)

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes noting especially the challenges of democracy development and inequality. Examines the regions relationship with the rest of the world including the United States. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

PSCI-335
History structures issues and politics of the United Nations and a consideration of the organizations role in world politics. This course may include travel to New York City or Washington DC. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education Global dynamics 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost for travel to Washington DC 150 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the continuity and changes in the contexts structures processes actors and issues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Major themes questions problems and events in global politics as chosen by the instructor. Students will engage in written and public discourse concerning topics that are global in scope and important to understanding politics in the twenty-first century. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
FILA global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Examination of major foreign policy issues facing the United States and consideration of policy options available. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 FILA general education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions rules and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights the International Criminal Court the World Trade Organization and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive Course Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Political implications of global economic relations including such topics as the politics of trade monetary relations financial crises development global systems of production and consumption and multinational corporations. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General education global dynamics & writing intensive Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Honors Project (PSCI 499) may count as an elective. Students may substitute SOC 350 for PSCI 250.

Students may not double major in political science and global studies. Political science majors may minor in global studies, but 15 credits from non-core areas must be taken in disciplines other than political science.

Students interested in law school should consider pursuing the pre-law track or pre-law concentration. Majors who pursue the pre-law track may not add a pre-law concentration, but majors who complete the major using the standard or public policy track may. Up to two courses from the pre-law list may be used for both the political science major and the concentration.

Students interested in careers in public sector bureaucracies or graduate study in programs such as a master's in public policy or master's in public administration should consider completing the public policy track or the politics and public policy concentration. Majors who pursue the public policy track may not add a politics and public policy concentration, but majors who complete the major using the standard or pre-law track may add a politics and public policy concentration. Up to two courses from the public policy list may be used for both the political science major and the concentration.

Political science majors interested in careers or graduate study in international relations or security studies should consider adding the global studies minor and either a world languages and cultures major or minor.

Students interested in pursuing graduate study or careers in environmental policy should consider the public policy track with either a major in biology or environmental science or a minor in environmental
science.

Students interested in graduate study or careers in criminal justice or public safety should consider adding a crime and justice minor in the sociology department.

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your political science degree?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Catholic University (International Studies) 
  • Clemson University (History)
  • The George Washington University (International Development and Business) 
  • James Madison University (History) 
  • Indiana University (Hispanic Literature)
  • Northwestern University (Politics/International Relations) 
  • University of Chicago (Middle Eastern Studies) 
  • University of Delaware (Public History) 
  • University of Pittsburgh (Security and Intelligence Studies)
  • University of Richmond (Law School)
  • University of South Carolina (Public History) 
  • Virginia Tech (Public Administration and Women’s Studies) 
  • West Virginia University (Doctoral History Program)

Or pursue a career in:

  • Government Services
  • International Organizations 
  • Law
  • Museum and Archival Work
  • Religion
  • Secondary and Higher Education

Learn more about employment and advancement in the field of political science from the American Political Science Association.

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Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Brandon Marsh, Department Chair
540-828-5657
bmarsh@bridgewater.edu