Political Science

Bachelor of Arts, Department of Political Science

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Department Overview

The goals of the department are to employ discovery learning to develop an understanding of both the foundational concepts of systems of government and the theoretical concepts that animate contemporary public affairs; to create a balanced perspective among the subdisciplines within political science; to empower the student to integrate lessons learned in other disciplines with those framed in political science and to prepare the student for an effective transition, after graduation, to either career employment or graduate studies.

Degree Objectives

  • Employ the principles of discovery learning in developing an understanding of both the foundational concepts of systems of government and the theoretical concepts that animate contemporary public affairs.
  • Create a balanced perspective among the subdisciplines within political science.
  • Empower students to integrate lessons learned in other disciplines with those framed in political science.
  • Prepare students for an effective transition, after graduation, to either career employment or graduate studies.

Related Careers

  • Administrator
  • Activist
  • Campaign Coordinator
  • Community Organizer
  • Congressional Aide
  • Congressperson
  • Consultant
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Immigration Officer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Development Consultant
  • Law Clerk
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Correspondent
  • Press Secretary
  • Professor
  • Public Affairs Coordinator
  • Public Relations Manager
  • United Nations Officer

Contact

John F. Settich, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Contact by Email
913.360.7499

St. Benedict Hall

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  • Frank P. Kessler, Ph.D.
    Professor
  • John F. Settich, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chair
  • Kimberly Shankman, Ph.D.
    Professor and
    Dean of the College
  • Susan Orr Traffas, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

Freshmen Year

POLS-1000 or POLS-1500 or POLS-1750Introduction to American Government or Amer. 20th Cent. Pol. History or Leadership Matters3
Foreign Language4
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
ENGL-1010English Composition3
PSYC-1000 or SOCI-1000General Psychology or General Sociology3
ECON-2090Principles of Macroeconomics3
Foreign Language4
Historical Foundation3
Aesthetic experience3
Skills & perspectives course3
Total16

Sophomore Year

POLS-2010Comp World Government & Politics3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
Faith foundation3
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
ACCT-2090Principles of Financial Accounting3
Elective, preferably in political science3
Total16
POLS-2750Public Policy Analysis3
POLS-2500Research Methods4
EXSC Fitness course1
Aesthetic Experience3
Faith Foundation3
Understanding the Nat. World Found. (w/ lab)4
Total18

Junior Year

POLS-3800Development of Political Thought3
Elective courses (Political Science or non-departmental) upper-division10
Philosophical inquiry3
Total16
Understanding the Nat. World Found. (w/ lab)3
Constitutional law class3
POLS-4010International Relations3
POLS-4790Internship3
Elective courses (Political Science or non- departmental) upper-division3
Total15 


Senior Year

POLS-4950Capstone Senior Seminar3
POLS-COMPSenior Comprehensive Examcr
Elective courses (Political Science or non-departmental) upper-division12
Total15
POLS-4600 or POLS-4700Public Administration or Policy Implementation3
Political Science elective3
Elective courses (Political Science or non- departmental) upper-division10
Total16

Other Department Offerings

  • Minor in Political Science
  • Minor/Concentration in Pre-Law
  • Minor in Economics and Politics
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