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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 thedevelopment of American democracy relationsbetween the states and the federal governmentelections the role of the media the threebranches of national government and currentpublic policy.Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education social sciences

Unit(s): 3

Changing conceptions of freedom and virtue inancient Greece to contemporary politicalphilosophy.Students analyze popular films to illustrate andcritique philosophical theories.Prerequisite ENG 110 and PDP 150 or 350General Education philosophy or religion ðical reasoning

Unit(s): 3

Introduces students to the world as a site ofpolitical activity. Examines institutions andprocesses on a global scale. Topics includesovereignty power globalization warmultilateral institutions the environmenttrade development poverty and a variety ofcurrent events.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education Global Dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the diversity of political structuresprocesses cultures ideologies and change(revolution democratization etc.) asmanifested in multiple national political systemsin the global community. Introduces theapplication of social science methods topolitical phenomena. Considers the outcomes ofpolitical systems for human well-being.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

An introduction to the production of knowledgeabout political phenomena. Topics include therelationship between theory and researchformulation of research questions and researchdesign and quantitative and qualitative methods.Students will understand and evaluate scholarlyresearch in the field and conduct their ownresearch projects.

Unit(s): 3

This course is designed to prepare the politicalscience student for entry into the job market orfurther study at the graduate level. This classmeets once a week and addresses issues ofrelevance to the political science professional.Topics of relevance to postgraduates includinggraduate exams graduate applications and resumeand interview preparation will be discussed.Students will prepare a career portfolioindividually designed to meet their specificneeds in which professional and graduate schoolapplcation materials will be collected. Theportfolio will be fully assessed at the end ofthe semester.Prerequisite Junior standing

Unit(s): 1

Examination of the origins and development ofcontemporary notions of freedom democracy andequality from Nietzsche to contemporary politicalphilosophy. Topics include liberalismlibertarianism and post-modern political thought.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110General Education 2014 Philosophy or ReligionEthical ReasoningAlternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of significant professionalliteraturein political science and international studiesthrough preparation and presentation of a majorresearch 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 LocalGovernment and Virginia Government inparticular. The course will help students betterunderstand how structures of local and stategovernments are established and redefined by thepeople. Topics will include federalism and theinstitutions of state government state and localpolicies and financing Virginia stategovernment state involvement in Americanpolitics the structure of state institutions andhow states differ.

Unit(s): 3

Explores the role of women in American and globalpolitics in order to understand the role ofidentity institutions and social movements indemocracy. Topics include womens influence onthe development of the modern American welfarestate feminism public policy issues of specialimportance to women and social movementstrategies.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the role of mass media inAmerican politics. Topics include the effect ofjournalistic norms on political news the impactof new media technologies from newspapers to theInternet media objectivity and the effect ofmedia on political reasoning and behavior.

Unit(s): 3

This course is an in-depth analysis to the topicof Political Psychology. The course will combineknowledge from Political Science and Psychologyand help students to broaden their political andpsychological knowledge. Topics will include thepurpose of political psychology individualsidentity groups nations and the interactionsbetween each of these.Prerequisites PDP-150 or PDP-350 and ENG-110

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US Supremecourt decisions in the areas of federalism andthe powers of the three branches of the federalgovernment. Topics include judicial review thewar powers of the President substantive dueprocess government takings and the commerceclause. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US SupremeCourt decisions in the areas of civil rights andcivil liberties. Topics include first amendmentrights to freedom of speech press and assemblydue process rights and rights to equalprotection. This course also considers the FirstAmendment as a site for interfaith dialogue. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the most pressing domestic issuesconfronting American society in the 21st centuryand the institutions and legal regimes developedto administer public policy. Topics includehealth care education criminal justice socialwelfare policies immigration environmentalissues organizational theory bureaucraticmanagement and budgeting. Emphasizes activelearning with simulations debates andengagement with public policy and publicadministration professionals.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development and implementationof public policy with an emphasis onunderstanding change in policy regimes over timeand the variety of regulatory mechanisms.Students research public policy on a topic oftheir choosing such as agriculture socialwelfare health care or environment.Alternate years offered 2014-2015

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how Congress the Presidency andinterest groups work together to make federalpublic policy. Topics include the legislativeprocess interest group activities and the roleof the presidency in the development of thefederal administrative state. Students researchpolicy-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 LatinAmerican politics and governments. Considerspolitical and economic themes noting especiallythe challenges of democracy development andinequality. Examines the regions relationshipwith the rest of the world including the UnitedStates.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

PSCI-335
History structures issues and politics of theUnited Nations and a consideration of theorganizations role in world politics. Thiscourse may include travel to New York City orWashington DC.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education Global dynamics2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost for travel toWashington DC 150Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the continuity and changes in thecontexts structures processes actors andissues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and21st centuries.Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Major themes questions problems and events inglobal politics as chosen by the instructor.Students will engage in written and publicdiscourse concerning topics that are global inscope and important to understanding politics inthe twenty-first century. Prerequisites PDP-150 or PDP-350FILA global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

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

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and itssimilarities and differences with domestic law.Examines the institutions rules andorganizations that provide the context for globalinteractions in an increasingly globalizingworld.Case studies include issues such as human rightsthe International Criminal Court the World TradeOrganization and the World Bank andInternationalMonetary Fund.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110Writing Intensive CourseAlternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Political implications of global economicrelations including such topics as the politicsof trade monetary relations financial crisesdevelopment global systems of production andconsumption and multinational corporations.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110General education global dynamics & writingintensiveAlternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines political economic and culture trendsin British history from the Glorious Revolutionof 1688 to the present day. Modern Britain standsas one of the cornerstones of the contemporaryworld and its politics and culture influencedglobal society in countless way ranging fromsoccer to modern environmentalism toconstitutional law. The course focuses on severalmajor themes including the role of religionfinance and industry the royal family sportand most important of all social class inbuilding British society. Students will acquire abasic understanding of the major driving forcesof modern British history and the ways that theycompare and interrelate with Europe the UnitedState and the world.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350General education world culturesAlternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Analyzes the connection between the medievalcrusading movement and modern Middle Easternterrorism by analyzing the historical context forclaims used to justify violent Islamic extremism.Students work to build a balanced historicalperspective and engage their socialresponsibility to present reasoned opinions inthe public discourse over modern terrorism.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

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

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of western interventionimperialism and nation building in CentralAsia and Afghanistan from the initial periods ofRussian and British expansion into the region inthe early eighteenth century to the American andNATO intervention in Afghanistan in thetwenty-first century. Major themes includecultural and political interaction between localsocieties and the British Russians Soviets andAmericans. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education 2014 world culturesAlternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Survey of East Asia (China and Japan) from 1800tothe present. Emphasis is upon the differentpathstowards modernity taken by each society theconflicts involved in the attainment ofmodernityand the impact of the West during the period.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world culturesAlternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys the history of Modern Africa from the eraof the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the presentand places special emphasis on sub-SaharanAfrica.It approaches the history of the continentthroughconsideration of the nature and impact ofEuropeanintrusion into African societies and Africanresponses to European imperialism. Moreover thecourse examines how independent African nationshave addressed the legacies of their history andthe challenges independence has posed for Africannations. Special topics include Apartheid thestruggle against segregation African womenfeminism development and the difficulty increating viable democracies and stable economiesin 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 Francesince 1871. Survey of the modern period of Frenchhistory through the lens of a special topic.Topics may include France at war in the 20thcentury French intellectuals and the worldmulticultural France or social transformation inmodern France.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events andproblems in non-western history chosen by theinstructor. The course can be either global inperspective 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 fromthe beginning of British rule in the early 1700sto the present. A region of the world that is bythe day becoming more important to the UnitesStates and the West this class explores themajorissues of modern South Asian history includingthe rise of British dominion the Indian revoltof1857-58 the escalation of religious communalismgrowth of nationalism Indias partition andindependence and the current nuclear standoffbetween India and Pakistan by focusing on thecomplex interplay between nationalismimperialism and the three major religions of theregion - Hinduism Islam and Sikhism - over thelast 300 years.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of Japan in the early modernand modern times. While chronologically surveyingpolitical economic social and culturalchanges the course explores key themes includingprojects of building a modern nation-state andempire and of rebuilding the society after WorldWar II and the roles played by gender familyand nationalism in those projects.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3


Unit(s): 3

Europeans relationship with the rest of theworld from the origins of modern European empiresin the 19th-century to the process ofdecolonization in the 20th-century to currentdebates about neo-imperialism andneo-colonialism. Examines the effects of empireon 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 ofdeveloping implementing and evaluating publicpolicy. Covers the policy process in boththeoretical and practical terms including thestructure of institutions decisions madethroughout the process and consequences ofdecision-making or non-decision-making.Areas of public policy addressed include criminaljustice policy regulatory policy and healthcareadvocacy and policy.Co-requisites PDP-150 or PDP-350General 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 globalpolitics in order to understand the role ofidentity institutions and social movements indemocracy. Topics include womens influence onthe development of the modern American welfarestate feminism public policy issues of specialimportance to women and social movementstrategies.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the role of mass media inAmerican politics. Topics include the effect ofjournalistic norms on political news the impactof new media technologies from newspapers to theInternet media objectivity and the effect ofmedia on political reasoning and behavior.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the most pressing domestic issuesconfronting American society in the 21st centuryand the institutions and legal regimes developedto administer public policy. Topics includehealth care education criminal justice socialwelfare policies immigration environmentalissues organizational theory bureaucraticmanagement and budgeting. Emphasizes activelearning with simulations debates andengagement with public policy and publicadministration professionals.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development and implementationof public policy with an emphasis onunderstanding change in policy regimes over timeand the variety of regulatory mechanisms.Students research public policy on a topic oftheir choosing such as agriculture socialwelfare health care or environment.Alternate years offered 2014-2015

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how Congress the Presidency andinterest groups work together to make federalpublic policy. Topics include the legislativeprocess interest group activities and the roleof the presidency in the development of thefederal administrative state. Students researchpolicy-making on a topic of their choosing. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunityfora student to gain field experience in an arearelated to the students concentration or careergoals. Supervision of an intern is provided byanappropriate faculty member and by a staff memberof the agency or business in which the student isan intern. A student who wishes to engage in aninternship must consult with the appropriatefaculty member at least eight weeks in advance ofthe start of the term in which the internship isto be completed. A description of theinternshipsigned by the student and the faculty sponsormust be filed with the Director of Internships bythe first day of the semester prior to the startof the internship. Approval of each applicationfor an internship is made by the Director ofInternships based upon policies and guidelines asapproved by the Council on Education and thefaculty. To be considered for an internship astudent must have junior or senior status and atleast a 2.00 grade point average. Internshipsaregraded on an S or U basis. A student may enrollin an internship program for three credits persemester and internship credit may be earned insubsequent semesters subject to the limitationsthat no more than two internships may be pursuedin any one agency or business and a maximum ofnine credits in internships may be applied towardgraduation.

Unit(s): 3

This course will cover strategic planning andspecialized public relations issues. Issuesinclude risks crisis management socialmarketing campaigns and corporate and non-profitcommunication. Students will learn and applyadvanced public relations theories and skills tocase studies and real-life situations.Prerequisite COMMENG 255W2017 Summer Session II offered as an onlinecourse

Unit(s): 3

Introduces students to the burgeoning nonprofitsector of American society. Students learn whatmakes an organization a nonprofit explore thepurposes of a nonprofit sector in societyconsider the often overlooked field of nonprofitmedia and explore the challenges andopportunities of working in with and fornonprofit organizations.Estimated Extra Cost 300Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and COMM 100Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the range of communication practicesthat characterize contemporary politicalcampaigns. Students will process existingunderstandings of political communication theoryin order to design and implement a semester-longcampaign project.

Unit(s): 3

Examines the role of news advocacyscientific analysis decision and policy makingrisk perception and other factorsin the communication of issues related toscience environment and health. Providesstudents with rich theoretical backgroundcritical understanding and practical skills toproduce investigate and critique communicationprocesses related to the topics. Students in thiscourse are required to conduct field work andoriginal research write and publish news andanalytical articles.Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

This course will provide an overview of federaland state laws that are aimed at the conservationof natural resources andor protection ofenvironmental quality. Major laws that will becovered include the National EnvironmentalProtection Act Clean Air Act Clean Water Actthe Endangered Species Act and others. Speakersfrom natural resourceenvironmental agencies suchas the Va. Department of Environmental QualityVa. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries andU.S. Forest Service will provide practicalinsights into the application and implementationof environmental policy.Prerequisites BIOL 100 101 or 110Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Critical evaluation of structures ofadjudication sentencing and corrections in theUnited States. Includes an examination ofalternative approaches to justice andreconciliation such as community-basedrehabilitation victimoffender conflictmediation et. Various strategies for communityreintegration are also explored.Prerequisites SOC 101Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Global Politics (3 credits)

Comparative analysis of contemporary LatinAmerican politics and governments. Considerspolitical and economic themes noting especiallythe challenges of democracy development andinequality. Examines the regions relationshipwith the rest of the world including the UnitedStates.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

PSCI-335
History structures issues and politics of theUnited Nations and a consideration of theorganizations role in world politics. Thiscourse may include travel to New York City orWashington DC.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education Global dynamics2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost for travel toWashington DC 150Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the continuity and changes in thecontexts structures processes actors andissues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and21st centuries.Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Major themes questions problems and events inglobal politics as chosen by the instructor.Students will engage in written and publicdiscourse concerning topics that are global inscope and important to understanding politics inthe twenty-first century. Prerequisites PDP-150 or PDP-350FILA global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

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

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and itssimilarities and differences with domestic law.Examines the institutions rules andorganizations that provide the context for globalinteractions in an increasingly globalizingworld.Case studies include issues such as human rightsthe International Criminal Court the World TradeOrganization and the World Bank andInternationalMonetary Fund.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110Writing Intensive CourseAlternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Political implications of global economicrelations including such topics as the politicsof trade monetary relations financial crisesdevelopment global systems of production andconsumption and multinational corporations.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110General education global dynamics & writingintensiveAlternate 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 globalpolitics in order to understand the role ofidentity institutions and social movements indemocracy. Topics include womens influence onthe development of the modern American welfarestate feminism public policy issues of specialimportance to women and social movementstrategies.Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US Supremecourt decisions in the areas of federalism andthe powers of the three branches of the federalgovernment. Topics include judicial review thewar powers of the President substantive dueprocess government takings and the commerceclause. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the development of US SupremeCourt decisions in the areas of civil rights andcivil liberties. Topics include first amendmentrights to freedom of speech press and assemblydue process rights and rights to equalprotection. This course also considers the FirstAmendment as a site for interfaith dialogue. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how Congress the Presidency andinterest groups work together to make federalpublic policy. Topics include the legislativeprocess interest group activities and the roleof the presidency in the development of thefederal administrative state. Students researchpolicy-making on a topic of their choosing. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and itssimilarities and differences with domestic law.Examines the institutions rules andorganizations that provide the context for globalinteractions in an increasingly globalizingworld.Case studies include issues such as human rightsthe International Criminal Court the World TradeOrganization and the World Bank andInternationalMonetary Fund.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110Writing Intensive CourseAlternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunityfora student to gain field experience in an arearelated to the students concentration or careergoals. Supervision of an intern is provided byanappropriate faculty member and by a staff memberof the agency or business in which the student isan intern. A student who wishes to engage in aninternship must consult with the appropriatefaculty member at least eight weeks in advance ofthe start of the term in which the internship isto be completed. A description of theinternshipsigned by the student and the faculty sponsormust be filed with the Director of Internships bythe first day of the semester prior to the startof the internship. Approval of each applicationfor an internship is made by the Director ofInternships based upon policies and guidelines asapproved by the Council on Education and thefaculty. To be considered for an internship astudent must have junior or senior status and atleast a 2.00 grade point average. Internshipsaregraded on an S or U basis. A student may enrollin an internship program for three credits persemester and internship credit may be earned insubsequent semesters subject to the limitationsthat no more than two internships may be pursuedin any one agency or business and a maximum ofnine credits in internships may be applied towardgraduation.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of theories pertaining to the causesof crime and treatment of offenders. Theories ofviolent and property crimes (includingwhite-collar crimes) are explored. Criticalanalysis of the social political and culturalcontext of the justice system in the UnitedStates of America with a special emphasis onquestions of justice fairness and equality arealso undertaken.Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Analysis of juvenile crime and its connections tofamily structures peer groups and theeducational system as well as gender race andclass. Trends in juvenile corrections areexamined along with current debates on reform.Special topics include gangs juvenile detentionprobation child advocates waiver to adultcourts and hospitalization.Prerequisite SOC 101Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Investigation of the interaction between genderand social control in the United States andcross-culturally. The gendered nature of criminalactivity is examined empirically andtheoretically. The justice system including thecorrectional treatment of women is examined forits relationship to historical shifts in thestatus and treatment of women.Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2018-2019

Unit(s): 3

Comparative study of justice systems derived frommajor legal traditions. The development andapplication of these systems is examined with anemphasis on historical trends and social forcesthat shape them. Comparative themes include therole of political power public perceptionssystems of morality constructions of guilt andcorrections philosophies.Prerequisite SOC 101Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Analytical survey of ethical and legal issuespertaining to communication professionalsfocusing on the new digital media landscape.Issues explored include First Amendments rightspublic affairs journalism copyright defamationobscenity censorship licensing corporate andgovernmental communications and the DigitalMillennium Act.Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small groupof students learn thinking skills throughdiscussion debate peer review andbrainstorming. Context varies from section tosection. Incoming students rank topic preferencesand then are assigned to a section. Focusesspecifically on two key areas of personaldevelopment (1) intellectual growth isstimulated through systematic criticalquestioning and (2) a sense of communityinvolvement and responsibility is developedthrough classroom group work collaborativelearning and a class community engagementproject. The course also contains success skillexercises and college orientation informationincluding an introduction to the portfolioprogram.General education master core skills2017 Fall Semester TopicsPDP-150-01 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-02 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-03 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-04 Strange IdeasPDP-150-05 After the ScourgePDP-150-06 Swimming in a sea of misinformationPDP-150-07 A Mans Man and a Womans WomanPDP-150-08 Creativity in the Arts SciencesBusiness Sports... in LifePDP-150-09 How to Rock the BoatPDP-150-10 Superhero NarrativesPDP-150-11 Dog is My Co-PilotPDP-150-12 Leadership and the Art of DecisionPDP-150-13 Free PlayPDP-150-14 Knowledge The Only FrontierPDP-150-15 Music Sweet Music PDP-150-16 The Fine Line between Glory & GuiltPDP-150-17 The Souls of Black Folk CriticalReadings By and About African Americans in the20th and 21st CenturiesPDP-150-18 Whos Sorry Now Thinking ThroughApologies Made on the Public StagePDP-150-19 Chickens Chickens ChickensPDP-150-20 The Narnian The Life and Imaginationof C.S. LewisPDP-150-21 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-22 Liberal Arts of the Living DeadPDP-150-23 Human Behavior in a Computational AgePDP-150-24 Latino USAPDP-150-25 Tweet Friend Pin Social Media &You as a 21st Century CitizenPDP-150-26 The Power of Physical Activity andSportPDP-150-29 Free PlayPDP-150-30 Media Narratives Spinning the Truth

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community ofBridgewater College to the liberal arts and tothe skills of critical thinking and reflectivewriting specifically designed for transferstudents. Transfer students will explore theunique challenges of integrating into a liberalarts educational environment and will begin theprocess of documenting their experiences andgrowth in the four dimensions of personaldevelopment intellectual growth and discoverycitizenship and community responsibility ethicaland spiritual growth and emotional maturationandphysical health.general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
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Introduction to academic expository andargumentative writing with a focus on developingrhetorical skills and practices appropriate to arange of disciplines. Instruction in ethical useof material from sources and academicdocumentation systems. Supplementary writersworkshop required based on placement.General Education 2014 master core skill

Unit(s): 3
Ethical reasoning

Unit(s): 3

The U.S. legal and regulatory environmentincluding the sources of law the resolution ofdisputes the Uniform Commercial Code the lawsoftorts contracts agency partnershipscorporations employment and equal opportunityand laws regulating competition.Prerequisite BUS 120 ENG 110 and junior orsenior standing

Unit(s): 3

Skills of reasoning for solving problems found inordinary language deductive and inductiveformats and in common fallacies. A briefintroduction to symbolic logic scientificmethod and probability.Prerequisite ENG 110General Education philosophy or religion

Unit(s): 3

Pressing issues confronting professionals in atechnological era. Utilizing the insights ofphilosophical and religious ethics the courseexamines the responsibilities of the professionalperson in business medicine law education theministry and other fields. Problems consideredinclude confidentiality accountabilitywhistleblowing governmental regulation andethical codes.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 andjunior or senior standingGeneral Education philosophy or religionEthical Reasoning Course

Unit(s): 3

This course will provide an overview of federaland state laws that are aimed at the conservationof natural resources andor protection ofenvironmental quality. Major laws that will becovered include the National EnvironmentalProtection Act Clean Air Act Clean Water Actthe Endangered Species Act and others. Speakersfrom natural resourceenvironmental agencies suchas the Va. Department of Environmental QualityVa. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries andU.S. Forest Service will provide practicalinsights into the application and implementationof environmental policy.Prerequisites BIOL 100 101 or 110Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Global Politics (3 credits)

Comparative analysis of contemporary LatinAmerican politics and governments. Considerspolitical and economic themes noting especiallythe challenges of democracy development andinequality. Examines the regions relationshipwith the rest of the world including the UnitedStates.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

PSCI-335
History structures issues and politics of theUnited Nations and a consideration of theorganizations role in world politics. Thiscourse may include travel to New York City orWashington DC.Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350General Education Global dynamics2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost for travel toWashington DC 150Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the continuity and changes in thecontexts structures processes actors andissues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and21st centuries.Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Major themes questions problems and events inglobal politics as chosen by the instructor.Students will engage in written and publicdiscourse concerning topics that are global inscope and important to understanding politics inthe twenty-first century. Prerequisites PDP-150 or PDP-350FILA global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

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

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and itssimilarities and differences with domestic law.Examines the institutions rules andorganizations that provide the context for globalinteractions in an increasingly globalizingworld.Case studies include issues such as human rightsthe International Criminal Court the World TradeOrganization and the World Bank andInternationalMonetary Fund.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110Writing Intensive CourseAlternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Political implications of global economicrelations including such topics as the politicsof trade monetary relations financial crisesdevelopment global systems of production andconsumption and multinational corporations.Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110General education global dynamics & writingintensiveAlternate 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