Individuals who are interested in the workings of both national and international government systems and how they interact with each other are usually found in a major like this one. They usually take an active part in such things like school or community programs or political movements. They might have or be interested in holding an office either in the school where they attend or they have goals to be elected into office one day as well. Students completing the political science major are expected to develop the ability to read and listen critically; to reason analytically and engage in thoughtful moral judgment; and to write and speak clearly and forcefully. The major emphasizes the enhancement of key intellectual skills and qualities of mind-the habits of questioning, debating, challenging, and shaping coherent and persuasive arguments.
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The required and elective courses you would take for Political Science majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.
Various specializations related to a major in Political Science may be offered by colleges and universities. These specializations may be of greater or lesser interest to you. A few of these specializations related to this field include, but are not limited to: