“I loved class with Dr. Lowe, she’s helped me find a comfortable place within the world of political science," says Catherine Foradori, Political Science and English double major '15
Rule of the Gun or Rule of Law?:
Political Science is the study of power: how power is acquired; the challenges to retaining power; and the impact of power on the relationship between citizens and the institutions of government. The courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory provide foundations for examining the concepts, organizations, and models that are at the core of the study of power and politics in the United States and internationally. Students consider issues of control, freedom, gender, and influence as they study and assess the manner in which power and authority has impacted the development and organization of societies, relations between and among nations, and the management of war and conflict.
The introductory courses provide students with a framework in the major disciplinary fields: American government; international relations; comparative politics; and political theory. The upper-level courses are designed to both provide depth of engagement with the literature in these fields, as well as provide opportunities to connect students to communities of practice through community-engaged learning and simulations, as illustrated by the following examples:
POL 148: Society on Trial: The Search for Social Justice
In this course, students examine political and legal issues arising from social movements, such as "black lives matter."
POL/SO 228: Gender, Law & Public Policy
This course is run as a public policy think tank. Students prepare research studies for a community partner. In Academic Year 2015-16 the community partner was the YWCA Center for Race & Gender Equity. The two studies involved barriers to women's leadership & gender & racial diversity on municipal boards.
POL 101-SL: Introduction to American Government (Service-learning section)
Students were trained as reporters and facilitators in a deliberative democracy forum on The Future of Government in Allegheny County and Climate Change & the Campus.
EXP 250: Pre-Law & Order: The Summer Advocates Academy
Political Science is the program home for this experiential learning course whose purpose is to grow the pipeline of women in careers in the law.
The Political Science Major At-A-Glance:
Political Science majors study governments, public policy, and the political behavior of individuals and institutions. The program in political science employs both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine issues that impact the social, political, economic, cultural, and geographic issues in the United States and the world. Note: Students may declare a major in political science upon enrollment at Carlow University or at any time before the second semester of their junior year of study. In order to be accepted into the major in political science, students first must complete POL 101: Introduction to American Government and receive a grade of "B" or better. Majors will complete the social change cohort, foundational courses, the research methods sequence, and nine (9) credits of elective courses in the discipline.
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES IN THE MAJOR - 13-15 CREDITS
THE RESEARCH SEQUENCE - 12 CREDITS