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Dr. John Poffenbarger
Department Chair
Email: jpoffenbarger@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2334

Program Requirements

Political Science Majors must complete the following social science core, in addition to completing core curriculum requirements:

POS 110American Political Process(3 crs)
INS 111World Community(3 crs)
SSC 327Research Methods(3 crs)
SSC 415Statistical Analysis(3 crs)
SSC 488Senior Thesis(3 crs)
SSC 489Senior Seminar(3 crs)
Total(18 crs)

In addition to completing the core curriculum and social science core requirements (including senior thesis and seminar and the comprehensive oral examination in SSC 488, 489), all Political Science Majors must complete the following courses:

POS 211Comparative Politics(3 crs)
POS 212Global Politics(3 crs)
POS 312 or 313Major Political Thinkers(3 crs)
Five (5) Approved POS Electives (15 crs)
SSC 488Senior Thesis(3 crs)
SSC 489Senior Seminar(3 crs)
Total(24 crs)

One course must be taken from each of the following areas:

American Politics: POS 241, POS 242, POS 329, POS 330,
POS 340, POS 305, POS 306, POS 473
International Relations: POS 311, POS 316, POS 327, POS 333,
POS 334, POS 341
Political Theory:POS 250, POS 311, POS 312

Requirements for Political Science Minor
Minors in political science must complete POS 110, INS 111, and five upper-division courses (numbered 200 or above).

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