BA in Political Science

Whether your goal is to work on a presidential campaign, international relations, spearhead changes to public policy or run a non-profit organization someday, understanding the many facets of political science is essential.

Program Overview

Getting in the game

TJ Donovan '16 takes a photo with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton following a rally she held at the Manchester Community College in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday, February 8, 2016.

From candidate messaging and strategy to the behind-the-scenes mechanics of the legislative process, the political system relies upon the expertise of individuals who have chosen to make their living in politics. We’ll prepare you for a career in government, journalism, law, the nonprofit sector or corporate world.   

You’ll learn to analyze policy and think strategically by putting modern politics in a historical context. You’ll also develop an understanding of foreign governments. Our program emphasizes hands-on learning in the field, so you’ll discover the tangible impacts of politics in everyday life through internship opportunities with congressional campaigns, lobbying firms or through our Semester Abroad program in Washington, D.C. 

You’ll have access to Quinnipiac’s Albert Schweitzer Institute, which sponsors programs and lectures with notable figures, such as Nobel laureates and former U.S. presidents. Some of our recent political science graduates are working as political reporters in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. State Department in Afghanistan and Turkey; and working as staffers for local and state-level politicians.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Political Science Curriculum

Course List
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum 46
Political Science Core Requirements
PO 101Issues in Politics3
PO 131Introduction to American Government and Politics3
PO 211Introduction to International Relations3
PO 215Political Theory3
PO 225American Political Movements3
PO 401Political Inquiry3
PO 408Senior Seminar3
Electives
Select five political science or cognate courses:15
Political sciences courses:
PO 205
Public Policy and Administration
PO 206
Ethics and Public Leadership
PO 216
American Political Thought
PO 217
Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (PL 217)
PO 219
Women in Political Thought
PO 221
Introduction to Latin America
PO 227
The Politics of Intimacy
PO 231
Elections and Political Parties (SL: Service Learning)
PO 245
International Political Economy
PO 247
Actors and Processes in U.S. Foreign Policy
PO 270
State and Local Government
PO 311
Topics in International Relations
PO 312
Philosophy of War and Peace (PL 312)
PO 315
Democratic Theory and Practice
PO 317
International Law (LE 317)
PO 319
International Interventions
PO 321
Comparative Government
PO 325
Political Psychology and Public Opinion
PO 331
Topics in Comparative Government
PO 334
Topics in African Politics
PO 337
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PL 337)
PO 342
Comparative Constitutional Law (LE 342)
PO 348
Political Communication
PO 353/LE 340
American Constitutional Law
PO 360
Topics in American Politics
PO 362
Presidential Election Campaigns (SL: Service Learning)
PO 365
Inside Washington, D.C.
PO 387
Women and Public Policy (WS 387)
PO 399
Intermediate Independent Study in Political Science
Cognate courses: 1
IB 201
Globalization and International Business
PS 261
Social Psychology
SO 264
Social Welfare Institutions
SO 285
Protest and Change (WS 285)
SO 340
Peace and Conflict Resolution
Total Credits82
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In addition to political science courses, a student may count up to two of the cognate courses toward completion of the political science major.

Experiential Requirement

PO 395, PO 365, or equivalent approved by the department. Students should plan with their academic advisers early to complete this requirement before the start of their senior year. With department approval, this requirement may be completed with one of the following:

  • A political science course taken in a study abroad program;
  • A political science course taken in the Washington, D.C., program;
  • A service learning course in any discipline (must have “SL” designation).

Portfolio Requirement

In their senior year, students assemble a portfolio of representative academic work done in political science. This portfolio includes the senior thesis, an internship paper (or equivalent), and other key assignments.

Tracks in Political Science

In addition to the core requirements common to all political science majors, those choosing to focus their studies in either the public policy and leadership track or the global affairs track choose from among the following electives:

Public Policy and Leadership Track

Course List
Select 15 credits of the following:15
PO 205
Public Policy and Administration
PO 206
Ethics and Public Leadership
PO 227
The Politics of Intimacy
PO 231
Elections and Political Parties (SL: Service Learning)
PO 247
Actors and Processes in U.S. Foreign Policy
PO 270
State and Local Government
PO 315
Democratic Theory and Practice
PO 325
Political Psychology and Public Opinion
PO 335
Politics of Race and Ethnicity
PO 348
Political Communication
PO 353
American Constitutional Law
PO 360
Topics in American Politics
PO 362
Presidential Election Campaigns (SL: Service Learning)
PO 365
Inside Washington, D.C.
PO 387
Women and Public Policy (WS 387)
Total Credits15

Global Affairs Track 

Course List
Select 15 credits of the following:15
PO 221
Introduction to Latin America
PO 245
International Political Economy
PO 247
Actors and Processes in U.S. Foreign Policy
PO 311
Topics in International Relations
PO 312
Philosophy of War and Peace (PL 312)
PO 317
International Law (LE 317)
PO 319
International Interventions
PO 321
Comparative Government
PO 334
Topics in African Politics
PO 335
Politics of Race and Ethnicity
PO 337
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PL 337)
PO 342
Comparative Constitutional Law (LE 342)
Total Credits15