Information for First-Year Students

The political science department at Carleton offers courses in all branches of political science. A tradition of student interest in political affairs has made our department unusually large and diverse for the size of the College. As we represent a variety of fields and interests, so we also represent a wide spectrum of political opinion and a variety of approaches. Such diversity fosters lively debate about issues of public concern not only in classes but also in the Carleton community as a whole.

Can I major in it?

Yes. The department offers two tracks: Political Science, which covers all aspects of the discipline, and Political Science/International Relations, which has greater emphasis on international and global issues.

Topics explored

American government and politics, comparative political systems, international relations and world politics, and political philosophy.

How to get started

First-year students normally begin their study in the department with POSC 120: Democracy and Dictatorship, POSC 122: Politics in America: Liberty and Equality or POSC 160: Political Philosophy. Some 200-level courses are open to first-year students.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I get credit toward the major for Advanced Placement courses I took in high school?

What will Comps (Senior Integrative Exercise) involve?

What kind of extracurricular events and social gatherings does the Department have?

Can I S/Cr/NC classes that count for the major?

How will I be assigned an adviser in the major?

Who can I talk to for more information?