What classes do I need to take?
The Political Science minor consists of 20 credits, as follows:
Core Requirements (12 credits)
- POL/GCL 2001 - Intro to Political Science
- HIS 3310 - US Foreign Relations
- PHL 2223 - Political Philosophy
Electives (2 courses, 8 credits)
- GCL 2201 - Peaceful Resolution of International Conflicts
- POL 2280 - Rethinking Religion and Culture after 9/11
- POL/GCL 3001 - Politics of Globalization
- GCL 3200 - Popular Music and Political Movements
- GCL 3301 - Human Rights
- POL 3331 - American Government
- SWK 3360 - American Social Welfare Policy
- POL/GCL 4402 - Environmental Politics
- CTA 4417 - Mass Media Law and Ethics
Research and Internship Opportunities
The program offers a number of research, internship and related opportunities:
- Washington Semester Program at American University. CSS students can choose from more than ten programs in areas such as American Politics, Foreign Policy, or International Environment and Development, pursue an internship in a government agency or think tank, and work on an in-depth research project.
- The CSS Pre-Law Program, which prepares students for law school through advising and mentoring in the areas of course selection, internships, the legal profession and the application process.
- The Middle Ground, a professional online journal for world historians, is edited in the Department of History and Politics.
Clubs and Organizations
There is a wide range of student clubs and organizations available for students interested in politics, including Amnesty International, College Democrats, College Republicans, History and Politics Club, and Student Senate.