Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Political Science Major

Major Requirements

The requirements for a major in political science are 40 credits:

Political Science Courses
PSC 121Thinking about Politics: An Introduction to Political Science4
PSC 211U.S. Political System4
PSC 241International Politics4
PSC 256Comparative Politics4
Political Science Electives
Select 12 elective credits from the following:12
Hot Topics in Political Science
Careers and Vocations in Political Science
Global Political Islam
Methods and Techniques of Political Analysis
Russian Politics
Politics of Development
U.S.-China Relations
Climate Change and Conflict
Chinese Politics
Environmental Policy-Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
Petroleum Politics & Planet
International Security
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
Consitutional Law: Governmental Powers
Global Sustainability Issues
Special Topics
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Modern Spain: A Critical Look
Public Policy
Political Philosophy
American Presidency
Ethics and International Relations
Additional Supporting Courses
Select 12 additional elective political science credits from the following:12
Course credits taken from the list of elective courses itemized above
Internship credits (maximum of 4 per co-op or internship experience)
Transfer elective credits
Lutheran College Washington Semester (LCWS) courses approved by the department chair
Advanced Placement credits from the following:
Pre-May Seminar
May Seminar
Cooperative Education
Independent Study
Directed Research
Total Hours40

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.