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.

Special Feature
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.

Sample Four-Year Schedule

First Year (Fall Semester)
Political Science 103 American National Government 3 credit hours
Writing 110 Writing Composition 3 credit hours
General Education Fine Arts 3 credit hours
General Education History 3 credit hours
General Education Science (with lab) 4 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
 
First Year (Spring Semester)
Political Science 120/130 Comparative Politics/International Politics 3 credit hours
Political Science elective 200-level course 3 credit hours
General Education Fine Arts 3 credit hours
General Education Literature 3 credit hours
General Education Science (with lab) 4 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
 
Second Year (Fall Semester)
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
General Education Social Analysis 3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Second Year (Spring Semester)
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
General Education Writing 3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Third Year (Fall Semester)
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
Mathematics 123/223 Statistics 3 credit hours
Political Science internship   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Third Year (Spring Semester)
Political Science 320 Research Methods 3 credit hours
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
General Education course Writing 3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Fourth Year (Fall Semester)
Political Science 420 Senior Capstone 3 credit hours
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   12 credit hours
 
Fourth Year (Spring Semester)
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
Political Science elective   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   12 credit hours

 

* Remember that this schedule should just be seen as a guide toward your Political Science degree. Your schedule can be adjusted to accommodate a second major and/or minors at the College. You will work with your academic advisor to ensure that you graduate on schedule and with classes that most interest you and lead you toward the career path that you are working to achieve. 

** Pre-Law students should also be aware of Political Science 313 and Political Science 314. These are our Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties course. They are taught in an every two-year rotation. Pre-Law students are recommended to take them in either their Junior or Senior years.