When you enroll at Susquehanna, you’ll be paired with an advisor and application tool to guide you in your course planning and scheduling. The following is an excerpt from the complete course catalog. Enrolled students follow the requirements of the course catalog for the academic year in which they declare each major and/or minor, consult with their advisor(s) and the Academic Planning Tool.
Students in Political Science are expected to graduate with an understanding of the major theories and debates in American, International, and Comparative politics and with the ability to compare and assess those theories critically. To do so, students will strengthen their understanding of major facts and concepts underlying each of the three fields. Students will recognize the diversity of populations and societies within the United States and globally, as well as the political, social and economic effects of different categories of diversity. Students will develop competency in conducting scholarly research, including the ability to critically read scholarly work and to perform their own research utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Political Science Studies
Requirements for the Major in Political Science
Majors take 44 semester hours in political science, all with grades of C- or better and at least a 2.00 political science GPA. Twenty semester hours of electives are selected with faculty adviser guidance (these may include two hours of internship credit); 16 of these semester hours must be at the 300 level or higher.
4 POLI-111 American Government and Politics
4 POLI-121 Comparative Government and Politics
4 POLI-131 International Relations
4 POLI-205 Research Methods
4 POLI-305 Advanced Research Methods
4 POLI-501 Senior Seminar
20 hours of electives selected with faculty adviser guidance (may include two hours of internship credit); 16 of these semester hours must be at the 300 level or higher.
The department also recommends additional courses in other areas, depending upon career goals. Frequent choices include business, communications, economics, earth and environmental sciences, modern language, history, and sociology.
Secondary Teaching Certification
Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytical Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship.
Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600).
Political science secondary education students complete the regular political science major with one change in the requirements: rather than taking 24 semester hours of departmental electives, secondary education students take 20 semester hours of departmental electives. In addition to taking the courses listed above, secondary education political science students must complete certification in either social studies or citizenship. The requirements for certification in social studies are EDUC-425 Methods of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment in Teaching Social Studies, SOCI-101 Principles of Sociology, ANTH-162 Introduction to Anthropology, ECON-105 Elements of Economics, PSYC-101 Principles of Psychology, HIST-322 Pennsylvania History or HIST-324 Pennsylvania’s Pasts and Their Publics, 1 course in U. S. history (HIST-111, HIST-112 or HIST-115), 1 course in European history (HIST-131 or HIST-132), and 1 course in non-Western history (HIST-151, HIST-152, HIST-171, HIST-172, HIST-180, or HIST-181). The requirements for certification in citizenship are EDUC-427 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Teaching Citizenship, ANTH-162 Introduction to Anthropology, ECON-105 Elements of Economics, HIST-322 Pennsylvania History or HIST-324 Pennsylvania’s Pasts and Their Publics, 1 course in U. S. history (HIST-111, HIST-112 or HIST-115), 1 course in European history (HIST-131 or HIST-132), and 1 course in non- Western history (HIST-151, HIST-152, HIST-171, HIST-172, HIST-180, or HIST-181).
Political science majors can easily complete a minor in other departments. Others opt to take a second major. Many choose a related field, such as a modern language, economics, sociology or business. A legal studies minor is a popular choice for those considering a career in the law. International studies, also an interdisciplinary program, is another common option as a minor or second major.
The departmental honors program encourages and commends outstanding academic work in political science. To graduate with departmental honors, political science majors must do the following:
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the department and 3.25 overall,
- Request admission to the program at the beginning of their senior seminar, and
- Complete and publicly present and defend an honors-quality project in their senior year
Pi Sigma Alpha
Students who satisfy membership requirements may be invited to join the campus chapter of this national honor society in political science.