What You’ll Learn

The political science program at JCSU is designed for students who want to pursue a higher degree in law school or graduate school, ambitious individuals who want hands-on experience in politics, as well as majors and nonmajors who are interested in political discussions.

What will I study as a political science major?

As a political science major, your area of concentration can be one of the following:

  • American Politics
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory
  • Law

In addition to the rigorous yet broad intro-level courses that are offered routinely, you will be able to choose courses that speak to a focused subfield recognized by all major academic institutions.

You will also find numerous special topics courses that speak to your interest in political science and in contemporary culture, such as black political thought or women in politics. Our professors are able to tailor the curriculum based on their area of expertise and student interest, which will offer relevant and challenging courses from one semester to the next.

Popular classes in the political science program



POL 334 International Relations Analyze the international political system, including the distribution of power, how states increase their abilities and international conflict-resolution procedures.td>
POL 435 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Explore modern Supreme Court cases in four subject areas: racial discrimination, gender discrimination, freedom of speech and presidential powers.
POL 332 The Developing World Study the politics and problems of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
POL 339 Black Political Thought Examine the development of black political thought in the U.S., the writings and activities of leading black figures and movements from the 19th century to present.

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