As a political science major at Marietta, you will take courses in wide-ranging fields such as American politics, public policy, international politics and political theory. You’ll 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 and/or our Washington Semester program. What better place to study American politics and government than the nation’s capital? You’ll meet leaders in government and the private sector as you tailor your time in D.C. with internships and individual research projects.

Marietta students have also participated in Model United Nations, interned with the U.S. State Department in China and studied with State Department officials. Our program’s blend of theory and practice will prepare you for law school, graduate studies in public policy, or careers in business, government or education.

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.   

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