The politics department offers 100-level courses in fundamental concepts, institutions, and theories; these courses have no prerequisites. Some, such as Black Metropolis;  Family Ties; Politics and Truth; The Politics of Food; Speaking and Arguing: The Rhetoric of Peace and War, and  What in the World is Going are designed especially for first-year students.

Courses at the 200 and 300 levels explore in greater depth a broad range of time periods, political systems and institutions, conflicts and movements, and political theory. See the Politics chapter of the catalogue for descriptions and prerequisites. Majors may also take related courses in other departments.

First-Year Students

First-year students who are considering politics as a major are encouraged to select one of our department’s first-year seminars (see the list of Politics 100- level courses for fall 2014 and spring 2015 below). They also might consider taking American Politics (Politics 104), Comparative Politics (Politics 106), or World Politics (Politics 116).

First-Year Seminars in Politics

  • polit 110f-Family Ties
  • polit 110f-Speaking and Arguing: The Rhetoric of Peace and War
  • polit 110s-What in the World is Going On?

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