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General Education Requirements

The Department offers three courses that fulfill the Domestic component of the Perspectives on Diversity requirement, POLS 243, 346 and 366; and 14 courses that fulfill the International component of that requirement, POLS 170, 350, 351, 352, 355, 357, 359, 363, 371, 372, 373, 374, 377 and 378. The Department also offers two Writing Intensive courses, POL 365 and 375, and yearly Earlham Seminars.

A.R.T.S. Skill Themes

Our majors will receive a solid grounding in the discipline as a result of completing our core curriculum and their required electives. In addition to gaining specific knowledge, we integrate the A.R.T.S. inventory of skills into the curriculum that are designed to help majors succeed after they leave Earlham.

  • “A” for Argument: courses where students learn disciplinary definitions and practice constructing a scholarly argument;
  • “R” for Research: courses where students must demonstrate an ability to conduct case-study research and propose reasonable solutions to real-world problems;
  • “T” for Theory: courses where students practice effectively summarizing and properly citing theoretical material, and;
  • “S” for Simulation: courses where students will work in groups to actively participate in either real-world or simulated debates and activities.

The Major

Majors in Politics are expected to achieve both depth and breadth of knowledge in the field. They are strongly encouraged to have a public service internship and/or international study experience.

Politics majors are required to take a minimum of 11 courses in Politics that must include the following:

The introductory course:

  • POLS 111 Introduction to Politics

One of the following quantitative courses:

  • ECON 100 Introduction to Economics
  • MATH 120 Elementary Statistics
  • SOAN 245 Social Research Methods
  • POLS 329 Politics Research Methods

The capstone course:

  • POLS 488 Senior Capstone Experience

Students must also have the following:

  • One course in each of the four major subfields: American, Comparative, International Relations, and Theory
  • Four courses that meet the four designations of the A.R.T.S. Skill Themes
  • A significant co- or extra-curricular activity

Politics majors are also encouraged to take courses in related Social Sciences, including History, Economics, Sociology/Anthropology and Psychology.

The Minor

Students choosing to minor in Politics must complete a minimum of six courses in Politics that must include:

The introductory course:

  • POLS 111 Introduction to Politics

One of the following Political Philosophy courses:

  • POLS 361 Political Philosophy I
  • POLS 362 Political Philosophy II
  • POLS 366 American Political Thought

Three courses that meet three designations of the A.R.T.S. Skill Themes.