Students majoring in political science with a public affairs concentration take an interdisciplinary program of study that combines government relations, media studies, issue management, corporate and social responsibility, information dissemination and strategic communication. Graduates are prepared for careers in businesses and organization influencing public policy, building and maintain a strong reputations and finding common ground with stakeholders.  Graduates complete the concentration having gained a theoretical and practical overview of the field, in part through a required internship in the public affairs domain. The concentration requires 36 credit hours, which include 24 hours of core curriculum and 12 hours of approved electives, at least sixof which must be political science courses.

Political Science Major with Concentration in Public Affairs – 36 hours
Core Curriculum – 24 hoursPOL – 100American Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL – 200Law and Society (3 cr.)
POL – 203American Public Policy (3 cr.)
POL – 204Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
or
POL – 210International Politics (3 cr.)
POL – 205Political Ideas Seminar (3 cr.)
POL – 334Research Design and Methods (3 cr.)
POL – 380Political Science Internship (3 cr.)
POL – 498Honors Thesis in Political Studies (3 cr.)
and
POL – 499Senior Research (3 cr.)
or
POL – 480Advanced Fieldwork (3 cr.)

Electives12 credit hours chosen from the following:
(Must take at least 6 hours in POL courses)
BIO – 204Women in Science (3 cr.)
COM – 425Media, Culture & Society (3 cr.)
ECO – 100Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
ECO – 101Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr.)
ECO – 301Intermediate Microeconomics (3 cr.)
ECO – 302Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
ECO – 311Environmental Economics (3 cr.)
ECO – 323Health Economics and Policy (3 cr.)
EDU – 232Schools and Social Change (3 cr.)
POL – 207Campaigns and Elections (3 cr.)
POL – 235Applied Quantitative Research (3 cr.)
POL – 282The Modern Middle East (3 cr.)
POL – 301Civil Liberties (3 cr.)
POL – 310Women and Politics (3 cr.)
POL – 320International Political Economy (3 cr.)
POL – 322Public Opinion and American Politics (3 cr.)
POL – 330Modern US Foreign Policy (3 cr.)
POL – 331Environmental Politics & Policy (3 cr.)
POL – 340State & Local Political Systems (3 cr.)
POL – 351Political Leadership (3 cr.)
POL – 370World Politics Simulation (varied course cr.)
POL – 450Politics Practicum (3 cr.)
RES – 344Bioethics and Society (3 cr.)
RES – 345Environmental Ethics (3 cr.)
SOC – 231Social Problems (3 cr.)
SOC – 242Deviance and Society (3 cr.)
SOC – 335Race and Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)
SWK – 330Social Welfare Policy (3 cr.)

The Meredith Minute - How does the Electoral College work?

How does the Electoral College work? Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo explains what the Electoral College is and the role it plays in electing the president of the United States, in this episode of The Meredith Minute.

How does the Electoral College work? Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo explains what the Electoral College is and the role it plays in electing the president of the United States, in this episode of The Meredith Minute.

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Gregory Vitarbo
Head, History, Political Science, & International Studies Department
214 Joyner Hall
(919) 760-8089
vitarbog@meredith.edu
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