To grasp what's happening in the world today, you have to see issues from a broader context than what you get on the nightly news. You have to understand the purposes and problems of politics. As a political science major at Marietta, you'll take courses in such wide-ranging fields as American politics, public policy, comparative and international politics, and political theory.
By studying so many different facets of politics, you'll learn to analyze political issues in terms of the big picture. But you'll go beyond analysis and learn to evaluate the controversial issues of political life and relate them to ethical decisions. Along the way, you'll apply what you're learning through internships, study abroad programs, or our Washington Semester program. These opportunities also prepare you for law school, graduate studies in public policy, or careers in business, government, or education.
Marietta offers a Washington Semester through American University. As part of this program, you can spend a semester in Washington, DC, studying different aspects of American politics and government. You can also take part in internships and individual research projects that will introduce you to leaders in government and the private sector.
At Pizza and Politics, an informal discussion series, faculty with expertise on current events answer student questions and lead informal discussions about current topics, such as European attitudes on U.S. foreign policy and the State of the Union Address.
All political science majors take American National Government and the senior capstone course, Scope of Political Science. Other political science courses cover public policy, law, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. Courses for the major include the following:
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
- Issues in International Politics
- State and Local Politics
- Governments of Western Europe
- Political Behavior in United States
- United States Public Policy
- American Foreign Policy
- Presidency and Executive Leadership
- Legislative Process: Role of Congress in Federal Policy-making
- Introduction to Contemporary China
- International Relations
- Great Leaders in Latin American Politics
- Classical Political Thought
- Modern Political Thought
- Public Administration
- Women and U.S. Politics
- Environmental Policy and Law
- Political Systems of Developing Nations
- American Constitution
- Civil Liberties
- American Foreign Relations
- Survey of Comparative Asian Societies
- Comparative Leadership Studies
- International Political Economy
Students seeking a minor in Political Science are encouraged to complete an internship in Political Science, but no more than 3 hours may count towards the 18-hour requirement.
Clubs & Organizations
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society in political science, which promotes the study of politics and recognizes juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in this field.
The Pre-Law Club provides general information, group activities, and individualized preparation for students who want to succeed in law school after graduation. All members of the Marietta campus community are eligible.
The Model United Nations is a student organization devoted to learning about international politics by preparing for and participating in intercollegiate simulations where students role-play delegates from different countries in committees of the United Nations and try to pass resolutions that address international problems in a way favorable to the representative country's interest.
The Marietta College Democrats encourage an interest in governmental affairs at all levels through campaign work, discussion and debate, voter registration programs and leadership within the College and community. The group is affiliated with the Ohio Young Democrats of America, the Young Democrats of America, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the Democratic National Committee.
The Marietta College Republicans promote Republican ideals and principles on Marietta's campus, assist the local and state branches of the party, and provide a forum where students of like political ideals can work together at strengthening the party. Any person affiliated with the Marietta College community can be a member.
The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance of Marietta College works to educate the College community on feminist issues by taking action on national, campus, and local feminist concerns.
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The Jack E. Prince Scholarship is awarded to those students majoring in the social sciences who, by their junior year, have been active in student government or other services to the Marietta College community.
The Gordon B. Gray Fund helps worthy students attend Marietta College, with first preference given to pre-law students.