Political Science (PSCI)

Political Science offers students courses ranging from human rights to campaigns and elections, and from international law to the history of political thought. Students learn about these substantive areas—and also develop skills in critical thinking, writing, speaking, and research.

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Typical First Year Schedule

Fall
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • 100-level course in different PSCI subfields (e.g., American politics, international relations)
  • GE/Elective
Interim
  • GE/Elective
Spring
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • 100-level course in different PSCI subfields (e.g., American politics, international relations)
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

Students who are interested in learning more about politics (or are interested in a political science major) typically begin with a 100-level course. We encourage you to enroll in one or more of these classes. Occasionally, we allow first-year students into 200-level classes. 200-level courses typically build on 100-level courses, offering greater depth into specific areas of inquiry. To see if this is a good fit for you, please contact the course instructor or the department chair.

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK/PLACEMENT
  • Students may count up to two credits for courses completed at other institutions, which include scores of 4 or 5 in relevant AP exams, off-campus courses, or transfer courses includes PSEO. Please see our department webpage for information on transfer credits.
  • Accepting AP credit, students must get the chair’s approval in writing for any transfer courses they wish to count towards the major.
Placement
  • Nothing available at this time.
Informational Events

Advising open house during Quiet Week (email invitations sent to all students enrolled in a political science class or on department interest list from Week One session).

CONTACT INFORMATION

Chair, Department of Political Science – Chris Chapp (chapp@stolaf.edu)

Academic Catalog
2020-21 courses will be updated in August 2020