Political Science Requirements

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.

Senior Thesis:

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
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