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Haverford College
Department of Political Science
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Major Requirements

Courses fall into five subfields of the discipline of political science: American politics (A); comparative politics (C); international politics (I); global governance (G); and political theory (T). The following is required of all majors:

  • Two one-semester courses are required to enter the major: 121, 123, 131, 151, 161, and 171 at Haverford; 121, 131, 141, 151 at Bryn Mawr College. These courses must represent two different subfields.

  • Seven elective courses above the 100-level, including at least two 300-level research seminars. The 300-level research seminars must be taken with at least two different faculty members and are open to seniors and juniors, and sophomores with the consent of the instructor. One of the 300-level research seminars must be taken during the fall semester of the senior year. The combination of introductory and elective courses is expected to include representation of three of the five subfields, with work at the intermediate or advanced level in at least two subfields. Some courses may count in either of the two subfields but not in both.

  • With the consent of a member of the department, students may substitute two or three intermediate- or advanced-level courses from another department for those in the student’s third subfield, where this serves to complement and strengthen the student’s work within the political science department. For example, a student concentrating in international politics might offer international economics courses as a subfield; or a student in political theory-social and political philosophy courses; or a student in comparative politics-courses in an area study; or a student in American politics-social policy courses, and so forth.

  • All senior majors write a thesis and complete an oral defense of the thesis through enrollment in 400.

  • Related Studies: Four courses outside political science at Haverford or Bryn Mawr College which are related to the major. Some examples of possible interests around which the courses could cluster are: American or other area studies; political and social theory; international affairs; environmental policies; urban affairs; intermediate and advanced foreign language work related to work in the major; or courses from one or more of the other social sciences.