Aug 20, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science (B.A.)

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The B.A. in Political Science is designed to develop understanding of the theoretical and practical relationship between political culture and governmental structures at the four traditional levels of political organization: local, state, national and international. Students develop the ability to compare alternative systems and to understand the  political process at various levels. Writing and research skills are also developed, especially in seminar and independent research courses. Graduates of the program are prepared for graduate and professional study and for positions of responsibility in public and civic organizations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Possess content knowledge of a broad array of political phenomenon, concepts, and theory as well as basic historical and geographic factors that influence political behavior.
  2. Develop the ability to analyze and interpret the influence social, economic, cultural, and environmental variables have on political behavior and outputs.
  3. Understand how individual and global cultures can impact political beliefs and actions.
  4. Be able to comprehend, interpret, and apply sicentific methodology to the study of political behavior.
  5. Be able to apply critical thinking, limit bias, and explore all potential causal relations.
  6. Successfully communicate, in oral and written form, his or her findings and interpretations, using proper documentations and scholarly conventions.

Political Science Curriculum

Political science faculty strongly recommend a semester-long internship with such agencies or organizations as the Vermont General Assembly or Legislative Council, state and federal agencies, newspapers and wire services, U.S. Congress, international organizations, law offices, legal aid programs, public-interest groups, public affairs foundations, election campaigns, etc. Such experiences often lead directly to career opportunities in these fields. Internships enable students to meet many decision-makers and are particularly valuable when integrated with seminars in political science.

Electives (21 credits)

Total: 37-39 credits

Secondary Teaching License in Social Studies

Students pursuing licensure endorsement to teach Social Studies in grades 7-12 must successfully complete either the B.A. in History  or the B.A. in Political Science , as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher License Endorsement  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Curriculum requirements  and JSC Graduation Standards .

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