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Political Science / Program of Study

Through the political science program, students develop an awareness of the modern world and its political dimensions. Students learn to research, analyze and communicate effectively about different political systems and theories and how each can impact cultures and economies. Students participate in hands-on learning experiences by observing the state government in action, visiting multiple historic sites and museums, and taking advantage of educational opportunities at international businesses in nearby Research Triangle Park.

Major in Political Science
Students majoring in political science are required to complete 36 credit hours, which include 18 hours of core curriculum and 18 hours of approved electives in political science courses.

Major in Political Science with a Concentration in Law and Justice
Students majoring in political science with a concentration in law and justice are required to complete 36 credit hours, which include 27 hours of core curriculum and nine hours of approved electives in political science courses. Students completing this program of study are prepared for postgraduate study in law or paralegal programs.

Minor in Political Science
Students minoring in political science are required to complete 21 credit hours, which include nine hours of core curriculum and 12 hours of approved electives in political science courses.

Minor in Crime and Justice
Students minoring in crime and justice are required to complete 21 credit hours, including 12 hours of prescribed core courses and nine hours of approved sociology and political science electives.

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Required Major Courses

Majors will also develop a serious acceptance of the obligations of citizenship.

POL-100 - American Political Systems (3.00 cr.)

POL-205 - Political Ideas Seminar (3.00 cr.)

POL-203 - Contemporary American Policy & Politics (3.00 cr.)

POL-204 - Comparative Politics (3.00 cr.)

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POL-210 - International Politics (3.00 cr.)

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POL-334 - Research Design and Methods (3.00 cr.)

POL-498 - Honors Thesis in Political Studies (3.00 cr.)

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POL-499 - Senior Research (3.00 cr.)

18 credit hours in elective courses from at least two different sub fields in Political Science

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Strong Story | Ann-Michelle Roberts

Ann-Michelle, ’15, came to Meredith knowing that she was a leader and ready to become even stronger. As president of the Student Government Association, she has made her mark on campus, and through several internships she has gained valuable experience in her field.


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