Gess, Kolev, and Maslin
Assistant Professor Shanks
The design of the Politics major is based on the conviction that the best undergraduate education joins passion with analytical rigor. Our students explore a wide range of political issues and questions using a variety of approaches and methods-from the theoretical and normative to the empirical and scientific.
The Department offers a wide range of courses in American government, politics and public policy; political theory; international relations theory and history; contemporary global issues; foreign policy and a number of topical courses. The major features an introductory course, research methods and research design training, and a Senior capstone project.
The department strongly recommends students tailor their academic program, as well as supporting coursework, to their interests and career goals in consultation with an advisor. Moreover, we encourage students to pursue additional foreign language training beyond the College's basic foreign language requirement and to complement the major by taking relevant courses in other departments.