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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science Major with Inclusive Childhood Education Major

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Political Science is the study of justice and power. Political scientists study power relationships the way economists study markets.

The purpose of the PSC major at Nazareth College is to prepare students for active citizenship and for careers in politics, government service, law, diplomacy, and education. Our primary educational goal is to provide our majors with a solid grounding in the four principal subfields of the discipline, namely, Political Philosophy, U.S. Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.

The goal of Political Philosophy is to define justice and design political systems which embody it. Thus in this subfield we study normative theories focused on justice which make recommendations about how political power is and ought to be distributed. In our courses we study the work of major political philosophers from the classical Greek period to contemporary times.

Students in U.S. Government courses examine the structure of national, state and local governments, campaigns and elections as well as social, economic and foreign policies.

Comparative Politics entails the study of foreign governments in their internal composition. Because we learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of governments by comparing them to one another, in these courses we engage in the analysis of European, Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Latin American states.

In International Relations, scholars analyze the ways in which countries and international organizations deal with each other. In this subfield students can take courses which study the theories of international relations, U.S. foreign policy, international law and contemporary problems in international politics across the globe.

As in all Nazareth programs, PSC majors receive instruction and must demonstrate proficiency in analyzing primary texts and applying theories to new situations. We also teach critical writing and oral presentation skills in our courses.

Political Science Core

The Political Science major has a total of 33 required credit hours. In addition to the core courses listed below, all Political Science majors are required to take one course in each of the four subfields of the discipline and three other upper division Political Science courses.

Political Science Courses

Students take one course in each of the four subfields of political science: Political Philosophy, U.S. Government, Comparative Politics and International Relations plus three additional PSC courses of their choice.

Required Electives in Political Science

Political Science majors choose any three additional 3 credit upper level (300-400) PSC courses from those not already taken.

Required Courses for Inclusive Childhood Education Major

Inclusive Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major Requirements

Inclusive Childhood/Middle Childhood Education Major Requirements


Political Science Senior Experience

The senior experience has two parts.  PSC 440 Junior-Senior Seminar in Political Science involves a comprehensive overview of political science as a discipline.  Throughout the semester students are required to apply what they have learned about the four subfields of political science.  PSC 499 - Senior Comprehensive Examination provides an opportunity for senior political science majors to demonstrate, in both oral and written form, a proficiency in the discipline appropriate to the undergraduate level.  Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of political science by applying the skills of analysis and synthesis to a specific event.

Sample Program for Political Science Major with Inclusive Education

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 101  Credits: 6
  • Foreign Language 102  Credits: 6
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Math and Science with Lab Credits: 7
  • Health/Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 9
  • Integrated Studies (IS) Credits: 6
  • Political Science Subfield Credits: 6 

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Political Science Elective Credits: 12
  • Political Science Subfield Credits: 3
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME)  Credits: 0

As well as:

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