Course Planning

Politics Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. The following is a typical major plan. This is not the only way forward. Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path.

 

First Year

Issues in Politics (POLI 100)

Introduction to Statistics (MATH 215)

1-2 Politics (POLI) courses at the 200-level 

Sophomore

Empirical Research Methods (POLI 202)

Philosophy of Political Inquiry (POLI 203)

1-2 Politics (POLI) courses at the 200-level or above

Junior

Analyzing Politics (POLI 303)

2-3 major courses with at least 1 course 300–level or above

Senior

Senior Research Seminar (POLI 497, fall)

2-3 courses to complete the major. Overall the major courses should include: 

  • at least one course 300-level or above
  • one course in American politics 
  • one course in comparative politics / international relations

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year. The following is a typical plan to complete this major. Please consult with your advisor or a member of the Department to create your unique path.

 

First Year

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Sophomore

Issues in Politics (POLI 100)

Empirical Research Methods (POLI 202)

Philosophy of Political Inquiry (POLI 203)

Introduction to Statistics (MATH 215)

Possibly, one additional 200-level course, recommended

Junior

Analyzing Politics (POLI 303)

3 major courses including at least 1 course 300 – level or above

Senior

Senior Research Seminar (POLI 497, fall) 

2-3 courses to complete the major.  Overall major courses should include: 

  • at least one course 300-level or above
  • one course in American politics 
  • one course in comparative politics / international relations 

Planning Recommendations:

  • The Issues in Politics (POLI 100, any topic) should be completed in the first year; sophomore year at the latest.
  • In order to prepare for upper-level work Empirical Research Methods (POLI 202) and Philosophy of Political Inquiry (POLI 203) should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Students must complete Introduction to Statistics (MATH 215) and Empirical Research Methods (POLI 202) before taking Analyzing Politics (POLI 303.)
  •  Please note that students should choose major electives to ensure they complete:
    • four major courses at the 300 - level or higher.
    • one course in American politics
    • one course in comparative politics /international relations