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Political Science

Goals for Majors and Minors

In successfully completing a major in political science, a student will be able to:

  • think critically, systematically, and creatively about political issues by employing a variety of theoretical and methodological tools;
  • demonstrate a fundamental grasp of the central political problems in local, national, and global contexts;
  • communicate in a clear, cogent, and literate fashion to a range of audiences, both in writing and verbally;
  • apply their coursework to their own experience through January term courses abroad, internships, and/or a semester in Washington, D.C.; and
  • engage productively and responsively in civic debate and discourse.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The political science major is available as a bachelor of arts degree only, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a major: 40 credits in the department, including 201, 210, 220, 230, 487, 490, and 498. The proseminar is chosen during the junior year from among elective courses designated by department faculty. Students taking a course as a proseminar register simultaneously for the course (4 credits) and 498 (1 credit). Students must sign up for the senior seminar (POLS 490) in the spring of their senior year.

For a minor: 20 credits in the department, including 201, 210 or 220.

For Oregon Preliminary Teaching Licensure in Social Studies, a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later then his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.

International Relations Major

The International Relations major is housed in the Political Science Department. Because of the overlapping major requirements in Political Science and IR, students are not permitted to double major in these disciplines. However, they are encouraged to double major in either Political Science or IR, and other disciplines. Unlike Political Science, the IR major requires language proficiency (at least two years) and a semester study abroad. Refer to the International Relations website for further information and the major requirements in International Relations.

Law, Rights and Justice Minor

The Law, Rights, and Justice minor is housed in the Political Science Department. The minor is interdisciplinary with requirements in Political Science, Philosophy, and English, Mass Communications, Business, Sociology, or Economics. Refer to the Law, Rights, and Justice website for further information and the requirements for the Law, Rights, and Justice minor.


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