Political Science

Major: Political Science
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.1001
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3094

About the Program

The political science program in the Department of Politics helps students cultivate perspective, develop critical thinking and communication skills, and understand the economic, social, and political systems within which we live and work. Our curriculum builds on the department's research focuses and strengths. These include public policy, environmental politics, international organizations, human rights, and law and society. This flexible program allows students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs, whether they are preparing for public service, the business world, graduate school in political science, an MBA or other business program, or law school.

Degree Offered

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science. Students may choose a substantive 'track' that best fits their needs and future goals. Our current tracks are: American Politics and Policy, International Politics, and Law and Politics.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) provides a flexible course of study, which includes foreign language and allows for options in the fulfillment of humanities, social science, math, and science requirements.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
Two Math courses6.0-8.0
Two Science courses*6.0-8.0
Foundation Requirements
Studies in Diversity electives6.0
Three Consecutive Foreign Language courses (must complete level 201)**11.0-12.0
Humanities/Fine Arts electives12.0
Social Science electives12.0
International Studies electives6.0
Core Political Science Requirements
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 140Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis4.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
Political Science Research Methods Sequence
PSCI 131 [WI] Research Design for Political Science4.0
PSCI 231Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science4.0
PSCI 232Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science4.0
Intermediate Courses16.0
Select four of the following courses:
The Public Policy Process
American Government II
Constitutional Law I
Comparative Political Thought
Theories of Justice
Comparative Government
American Foreign Policy
Global Governance
Power in Protest: Social Movements in Comparative Perspective
Problems of Individual Liberty and Government Authority
Public Opinion & Propaganda
Constitutional Law II
Political Science Electives ***32.0
Free Electives33.0
Total Credits180.0-185.0
*

Any Biology (BIO), Chemisitry (CHEM), Geoscience (GEO), Nutrition (NFS), Physics (PHYS) or Environmental Science (ENVS) course.

**

University requirement is two consecutive courses; the third language course, though listed here, is a departmental requirement.

***

Choose eight 200-level or above PSCI courses.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
Foreign Language course4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 131 [WI] Research Design for Political Science4.0
Foreign Language course4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSCI 140Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis4.0
Foreign Language course3.0
Diversity Studies elective 3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
PSCI 232Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science4.0
Choose one intermediate course4.0
Mathematics course3.0
Diversity Studies elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
PSCI 231Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science4.0
Choose one intermediate course4.0
Social Science elective3.0
Mathematics course3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
Choose one intermediate course4.0
Political Science elective4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Science elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
Political Science elective4.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 8
Choose one intermediate course4.0
Political Science elective4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
Social Science elective3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Political Science elective4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 10
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Social Science elective3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Political Science elective4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
International Area Studies elective3.0
Political Science electives8.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 12
Political Science elective4.0
International Area Studies elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0

Accelerated BA in Political Science and MS in Science, Technology & Society

About the Program

Drexel University permits undergraduate students to apply for graduate programs while completing their undergraduate programs, allowing students to complete their master's degrees in a shorter amount of time.

The accelerated-degree program provides an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a BA degree and an MS degree in Science, Technology & Society (two diplomas are awarded) in five years.
Students entering the program must:

  • have and maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average throughout the program
  • have no fewer than 90.0 earned credits
  • have no more than 120.0  registered credits

The Department of Politics would especially like to encourage its own majors to consider the accelerated degree program in Science, Technology & Society. If you are currently enrolled in a 4+1 (4COP Accelerated Program) degree program, you are required to fill out the Accelerated Degree Level Conversion Form. After obtaining all the required signatures, please direct the form to the Assistant Director for Graduate Studies Office, Randell 240.

For more information about the accelerated BA/MS program, contact:
STS Program Director
Macalister Hall, 3025
215.895.2463

Recommended Plan of Study

Students should work closely with faculty advisors in the Science, Technology & Society program to schedule an individualized plan of study for their accelerated degree completion.

Dual Bachelor's Degree & MSTS Degree

225.0 minimum credits

Term 1Credits
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
Foreign language course 4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
PSCI 120History of Political Thought4.0
PSCI 131 [WI] Research Design for Political Science4.0
Foreign language course 4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSCI 140Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis4.0
Foreign language course (must complete through level 201)3.0
Diversity Studies elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
PSCI 232Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science4.0
Choose one PSCI intermediate course4.0
Mathematics course3.0
Diversity Studies elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
PSCI 231Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research in Political Science4.0
Choose one PSCI intermediate course4.0
Social science elective3.0
Mathematics course3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
Choose one PSCI intermediate course4.0
Political Science elective4.0
Science course3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 7
Political Science elective4.0
Science course3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 8
Choose one PSCI intermediate course4.0
Political Science elective4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
SCTS 501Introduction to Science, Technology and Society3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 9
SCTS 502Research Methods3.0
SCTS Ethics Values, Identities, & Culture course3.0
Social science elective3.0
Political Science elective4.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
Science course3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Term 10
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
SCTS 503Advanced Research Methods3.0
SCTS Ethics Values, Identities, & Culture course3.0
Political Science elective4.0
Social Science elective3.0
Humanities/fine arts elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 11
SCTS 504Science, Technology Society Theories3.0
SCTS graduate elective3.0
International studies elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
Political Science elective4.0
International studies elective3.0
SCTS Science and Technology Policy course3.0
Science, Technology, & Society Lab3.0
SCTS elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 13
Political Science electives8.0
Free elective3.0
SCTS Electives6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 14
Free Electives6.0
SCTS electives9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 225.0

Co-Op/Career Opportunities

Political science majors have a wide variety of co-op experiences from which to choose. Business and public utilities offer many lucrative possibilities, and local, state, and federal governments; museums and archives; and law firms present many additional interesting co-op placements. Pre-law students, for example, are especially eager to see the inside of a law office, whether the co-op job they receive is clerical or a more challenging paralegal assignment. These practical experiences in the “real” world can reinforce the lessons of the classroom, sharpen skills, and establish important contacts. Sample co-op positions include:

  • Law clerk/paralegal, Joe Davidson, Attorney-at-Law, Philadelphia
  • Research analyst, Legislative Office for Research Liaison, Harrisburg, PA
  • Legislative intern, Corporate Public Affairs Division, Philadelphia Electric Company
  • Assistant lobbyist, Government Relations Office, Drexel University
  • Education intern, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Researcher, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
  • Assistant, Office of the Governor, Harrisburg, PA

Career Opportunities

The flexible programs allow students to shape a curriculum that meets their needs, whether they are preparing for the business world, graduate school in history or political science, the Department's Masters Program in Science, Technology, and Society, an MBA or other business program, or law school.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Politics Faculty

Phillip Ayoub, PhD (Cornell University). Assistant Professor. International relations, comparative politics, transnational social movements, marginalized groups
Scott Barclay, PhD (Northwestern University) Department Head, Politics. Professor. Judicial systems, civil rights, public policy and administration.
Zoltan Buzas, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. International relations theory, international security, race and politics, diplomatic history.
George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Associate Professor. Colonialism, social movements, political theory.
Audrey Comstock, PhD (expected 2015) (Cornell University). Post-Doctoral Fellow. International law, international LGBT politics, foreign aid, African politics
Rose Corrigan, PhD (Rutgers University). Associate Professor. Women, public law, American politics and policy.
Richardson Dilworth, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Director, Center for Public Policy. Professor. American political development, urban politics, public policy.
Erin R. Graham, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. International institutions, international relations theory, global environmental politics.
Amelia Hoover Green, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Dynamics of conflict-related violence; intra-armed group politics and socialization; statistics in human rights.
Christian Hunold, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Professor. Environmental policy; comparative politics; urban wildlife; political theory.
Alison Kenner, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Assistant Professor. Science, technology, and health; environmental health problems; cities and place; feminist theory; medical anthropology; digital humanities
Julie Mostov, PhD (New York University) Vice Provost for Global Initiatives. Professor. Modern political thought, democratic theory, nationalism, gender studies, South Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Joel E. Oestreich, PhD (Brown University) Director of the Global Studies major. Associate Professor. International organizations, international finance, development, and human rights.
Elva Orozco-Mendoza, PhD (University of Massachusetts). Assistant Teaching Professor. Political freedom and action in the thought of Hanna Arendt; Feminist theory and feminist methodology; Protest politics; Theories of Violence; Identity politics, race, and gender in Latin American politics
Gwen Ottinger, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Social studies of science and technology, environmental justice, science and engineering ethics, citizen science, environmental ethics.
Joshua Plencner, PhD (University of Oregon). Assistant Teaching Professor. American politics, race and racism, visual politics, political theory
William L. Rosenberg, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Behavioral politics, public opinion, and political communication.
Chloe Silverman, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Parent advocacy for autism, neurodiversity, and pollinator health research.
Jose Tapia, PhD (New School for Social Research). Associate Professor. The crises and fluctuations of the economy and the relation between these fluctuations and health conditions; quantitative aspects of social science.
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