Political Science Major
Requirements for the Political Science Major:
Minimum of 34 credits (12 courses) in Political Science, distributed as follows:
- 101 U.S. Government and Politics; or 107 Freedom, Equality, and Power
- 105 International Relations; or 108 Intro to Comparative Politics
- 209 Political Science Research Methods
- 489 Senior Thesis Methods (must be taken the same semester as 490)
- 490 Senior Thesis
- Seven additional courses in the discipline, including at least three classroom courses at the 300 level.
The department encourages all majors to acquire a broad exposure to the discipline by sampling courses in all four of the principal areas of study. A model program would include at least one course above the 100 level from each of the following areas:
(A) U.S. Politics
(B) International Relations
(C) Comparative Politics
(D) Political Theory
This model is required for departmental distinction.
To graduate with distinction in Political Science students must:
- Have a Political Science major GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Have taken at least one class beyond the 100-level in each of the four sub-fields of Political Science
- Receive an A- or higher in POSC 490: Senior Thesis.
Normally, the department will accept no more than three transferred Political Science courses (up to the equivalent of 9 Hartwick credits) toward the Hartwick College Political Science major.
All political science majors at Hartwick are required to complete a senior thesis. While researching and writing their thesis, students work closely with their faculty thesis advisor, usually meeting once a week. In addition to individual direction offered by the thesis advisor, there are a number of opportunities, during the thesis class, for group discussions and consultations with the department faculty as a whole. The final research paper is submitted to the faculty and then defended in an oral presentation.
Three-Year Degree Option
For students majoring in political science, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit the Program website at www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.
Political Science Minor
Requirements for the minor:
Minimum of six courses (18 credits) in Political Science, distributed as follows:
- 101 U.S. Government and Politics, or 107 Freedom, Equality, and Power
- 105 International Relations, or 108 Intro to Comparative Politics
- At least one classroom course at the 300 level
- Three additional courses in the discipline