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  • Program Overview

    The political science major prepares you to be an active, informed citizen in our increasingly complex and interdependent world.

    At the core of Endicott's political science program is the recognition that this era of global connectedness requires greater understanding, intercultural communication, and diplomacy as individuals, communities, and nations work together toward common goals. Through the coursework, you will examine the theory and practice of political governance to analyze policies and initiatives as well as the ideologies beneath them.

    Upon graduation, you will have a firm grasp of classic and contemporary political theory, a practical understanding of the workings of local and federal governments, and an appreciation of the unique position of the United States and the world system. You will also gain the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive, well informed impact in the world - and in the career of your choice in a wide range of fields.

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 125-126

     

    Freshman - Credits: 32-33

    • Foreign Language  (Cr: 6)
    • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Science and Technology General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3-4)
    • Electives   (Cr: 6)
    • ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
      Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
    • INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
    • POL 100 - Introduction to Politics (Cr: 3)
    • POL 110 - World Politics (Cr: 3)

    Sophomore - Credits: 32

    • Global Issues General Education Requirement  (Cr. 3)
    • Individual and Society General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement  (Cr: 3)
    • Political Science Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
    • POL 213 - American Government and Politics (Cr: 3)
    • POL 240 - American Foreign Policy (Cr: 3)
    • POL 250 - Political Theory (Cr: 3)
    • PSY 240 - Research Methods (Cr: 3)
    • PSY 241 - Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences (Cr: 3)

    Junior - Credits: 31

    • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
    • Political Science Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • General Education Electives   (Cr: 6)
    • Electives  (Cr: 6)
    • POL 315 - American Political Thought (Cr: 3)
    • POL 320 - Comparative Political Models (Cr: 3)
    • POL 343 - Constitutional Law (Cr: 3)
    • POL 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)

    Senior - Credits: 30

    • Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • General Education Electives  (Cr: 6)
      (must be above the 100 level)
    • Political Science Elective  (Cr: 3)
    • POL 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
    • POL 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • POL 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

    Political Science Electives

    Students choose three courses prefixed POL or from the following list; at least one of the three must have a POL designation:

    • CJ 205 - The American Court System (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 355 - Race and Justice (Cr: 3)
    • CJ 410 - Law and Society (Cr: 3)
    • ECN 201 - Macroeconomics (Cr: 3)
    • ECN 202 - Microeconomics (Cr: 3)
    • HMS 305 - Social Policy (Cr: 3)
    • HST 310 - Economies and Peoples (Cr: 3)
    • HST 317 - Civil Rights Movement (Cr: 3)
    • IST 215 - The New Europe (Cr: 3)
    • IST 216 - International Conflicts (Cr: 3)
    • IST 315 - Intercultural Communication (Cr: 3)
    • REL 252 - Religion and Politics in the Contemporary World (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the political science program, students will:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of content and application in the four core areas of political science: American government and politics, political theory, comparative government, and international relations.
    • Actively engage in political action and processes at any level on and off campus through field research, internships, service programs, and club activities.
    • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the political science discipline.
    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in academic discourse within the political science discipline.

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  • Internships and Careers

    An Endicott education means you'll graduate with a degree and a resume.

    Whether you pursue graduate school or embark on your career right away after graduation, we believe that your time at Endicott will prepare you for the next step. Take a look at what our graduates have been up to lately.

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    Recent Internships

    • Massachusetts State House
    • New England Innocence Project
    • Congressional Office of Seth Moulton
    • Senate Office of Elizabeth Warren
    • Mayor’s Office of the City of Beverly

    Alumni Employment

    • AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA)
    • Connecticut House Republican Caucus
    • Schulman and Associates

    Graduate School Acceptances

    • Endicott College (Homeland Security)
    • Salem State University
    • University of Connecticut School of Law
    • University of Massachusetts Amherst