In its broadest conception, the aim of the study of politics is to understand the way in which policy for a society is formulated and executed and to understand the moral standards by which policy is or ought to be set. This center of interest is often described alternatively as the study of power, of government, of the state, or of human relations in their political context. For teaching purposes, the study of politics has been divided by the department into the following fields:

  1. American politics
  2. Comparative politics
  3. Political theory
  4. International politics

Introductory courses in these fields provide broad and flexible approaches to studying political life.

Divisional Credit

Only courses designated by a (D) receive divisional credit.  The only exception to this rule is the following: students who have already received credit for two 100-level POL courses (6 credit hours) either through AP or transfer credit may take any 200-level course for divisional credit, with the exception of POL 280.

Five-Year BA/MA Degree

Politics and international affairs majors who minor in Latin-American studies also have the opportunity to pursue a five-year cooperative BA/MA degree program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

A student who selects politics and international affairs to fulfill the Division IV requirement must take one of the following courses:

Select one of the following:
American Government and Politics
Comparative Government and Politics
Political Theory
International Politics

Students who are not majors may take upper-level courses as electives without having had lower-level courses, unless a prerequisite is specified.

Contact Information

Department of Politics and International Affairs
Kirby Hall 314A, Box 7568
Phone 336-758-5449