Political Science is the study of how we reach the collective decisions that shape our common fate. Political scientists study topics including the acquisition and exercise of power, the sources and resolution of international conflicts, the design and function of electoral systems; the history of political thought; the adoption and implementation of public policies; the comparative efficacy of political systems around the world; the operation of legal systems, and many more. These topics are studied at multiple levels of analysis, from local communities to the global system. The discipline is comprised of four main subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.
At Roosevelt University, students will approach the problems of the political world through the prism of social justice, asking how individuals, institutions and systems contribute to problems like inequality, poverty, discrimination, war, terrorism and climate change. In Political Science, we seek not just to identify the causes and consequences of intractable problems, but also to debate and implement plausible and equitable solutions. Roosevelt University is ideally located for studying political science, as students study politics in a global city that is also 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 local, state and national government offices, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), consular missions, political consultancies, non-profit advocacy groups, and labor organizations.
Students must complete 11 courses in the major, with at least five courses at the 300 level. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Transfer students must take at least six political science courses at Roosevelt University. Majors are encouraged to take Econ 101 and 102. Students planning to pursue graduate study in political science are encouraged to discuss with their advisors appropriate courses of study in languages and statistics.
These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:
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