Political Science

John R. Reitemeyer Professor Messina, Chair; Professors Cardenas and Evans∙∙, John R. Reitemeyer Professor McMahon, Professor Smith; Associate Professors Chambers∙∙ and Flibbert; Assistant Professors Kamola, Matsuzaki, Maxwell, and Williamson; Visiting Assistant Professors Archer, Laws, and Regan-Lefebvre; Visiting Lecturers Bourbeau, Carbonetti, and Molles

The political science major: Students majoring in political science are required to complete 12 courses, all with grades of C- or better.

The major consists of two introductory courses, seven electives (including a subfield area of concentration), a senior capstone course, and two cognate courses. Majors must fulfill the following requirements:

Although some courses are included in more than one area of concentration, a single course may not be used to fulfill more than one distribution requirement.

Any political science major, regardless of GPA, can apply to the department to write a senior thesis by submitting a thesis proposal. Honors in the major will be awarded to students with both (1) a GPA of 3.67 or greater in the major and (2) an A- or better on the thesis.

All senior theses will be two-semester, two-credit theses. In the first semester, students will enroll in a thesis colloquium. In the second, students will continue to write independently in consultation with their advisers. The senior thesis colloquium will fulfill the senior capstone course requirement, though thesis students are still welcome to enroll in a senior seminar. Thus, the colloquium counts among the 12 credits required for the major, while the spring semester of the thesis must be taken in addition to the 12 credits.

The thesis proposal will be due in May of the junior year. Juniors studying abroad may request an extension for submitting the proposal, but the proposal must be submitted and approved by early September, in time to enroll in the fall thesis colloquium.

In the thesis proposal, students may apply for funding to support their research. Typical awards will range up to $1,500.

Areas of concentration:

Study away—Students are encouraged to take advantage of appropriate study-abroad programs, for which the department will grant up to two credits toward the major. Students who study abroad for a full year at approved study-away sites may transfer up to three courses for the major. There is, however, no limit on credits from the Rome program, as it is considered part of the Trinity campus.

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