Political science deals with how we reach the collective decisions that shape our common fate. Political scientists study topics such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relationship of politics to the economy, culture, and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. The scope of the discipline is suggested by the four main subfields that make up the undergraduate curriculum: U.S. politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.
Roosevelt University is ideally located for studying political science, as students study politics in one of the country’s most dynamic metropolitan areas. Government is the area’s largest employer and Chicago is home to a large number of political offices, social action groups, and political consultants.
Students planning to pursue graduate study in political science are encouraged to discuss with their advisors appropriate courses of study in languages and statistics.
All courses in the major must be completed with a C- or higher; Political Science students are encouraged to take ECON 101 and ECON 102.
BLS degrees replace traditional general education courses and electives with an innovative Core Curriculum, consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Thesis research project. These seminars, designed for adult students, reduce the time required to complete degree requirements. Courses in the BLS core are designated with the PLS prefix (Professional and Liberal Studies). The BLS Core Curriculum includes:
* Students may waive one PLS Senior Seminar with nine semester hours of appropriate transferable credit with at least a 2.0 average in a single seminar area; students with 60 semester hours of transfer credit or an Associates’ Degree in Arts or Science may waive two Senior Seminars.
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