Undergraduate Department of Political Science and Global Studies

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

B.A./Political Science and Global Studies with a professional Major /36-40 credits

Wheelock’s Political Science and Global Studies degree program focuses on how politics, on a local, national, and global level shape, and often limit the lives of marginalized groups. Choose from a compelling range of courses taught by professors in political science, anthropology, sociology, history, economics, women’s studies, and media studies, and learn about the ways that all our lives are intertwined. Students will understand the ways that local choices have global ramifications and how to better appreciate that the struggle for justice and equality knows no national borders. The major provides students with an international and multicultural lens that complements professional preparation.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the study of Political Science and Global Studies
  • Understand the philosophical and practical problems of political organization, action, and governance
  • Develop the habit of formulating alternative understandings, and test these competing understandings in ways that lead to appreciating the complexities of a rapidly changing global political landscape
  • Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and rigorous analysis in their written and spoken communication
Course Requirements36 credit option
AST 150 Introduction to American Government/4 cr
Global Perspectives (choose one)* 4 credits
PSG 101 Issues in Globalization/4 cr
PSG 130 Women and Globalization/4 cr
PSG 1XX Global Greed and Corruption/4 cr
Reframing History (choose one)* 4 credits
AST 257 Race in America/4 cr
COM 250 Apocalyptic America/4 cr
PSG 240 Social Movements/4 cr
Intermediate History (choose one)* 4 credits
AST 265 Gender and Politics/4 cr
PSG 260 Comparative Politics/4 cr
PSG 230 LGBT Politics in Film/4 cr
PSG 2XX Media, Violence, and Revolutions/4 cr
Advanced (choose one)* 4 credits
PSG 3XX Seeking Justice after the War/4 cr
HDS 322 Feminist Theories/4 cr
AST 403 Senior Seminar in American Studies/4 cr
PSG 410 Internship in Political Science and Global Studies/4 cr
*Courses used to meet this requirement may not be counted toward the individualized focus area.

Individualized focus area (16 Credits)

In selecting their electives, students will work with an advisor to develop an area of study. The wide range of courses offered allows students to create a coherent focus around themes, topics, periods or debates within political science and global studies.

Introductory Courses (choose one) 4 credits
AST 140 Media and Race in American Society/4 cr
AST 160 American Identities/4 cr
COM 150 Communication, Persuasion and Propaganda/4 cr
HDA 121 Anthropology and Globalization/4 cr
HDS 106 Sociology of Minority Groups/4 cr
HDS 103 Women, Culture and Society/4 cr
HIS 165 America Through the Civil War/4 cr
HIS 167 America Since the Civil War/4 cr
PSG 101 Issues in Globalization/4 cr
PSG 130 Women and Globalization/4 cr
PSG 135 Bombs and Bombshells/4 cr
PSG 1XX Global Greed and Corruption/4 cr
Intermediate Courses (choose one or two) 4-8 credits
AST 215 Political and Social Change in America/4 cr
AST 265 Gender and Politics/4 cr
AST/HDA 225 Anthropology of American Men/4 cr
AST 220 Coming to America/4 cr
AST 257 Race in America/4 cr
COM 250 Apocalyptic America/4 cr
COM 265 The African Diaspora Speaks/4 cr
HIS 208 Twentieth Century European History/4 cr
HIS 215 Africa and Its Global Encounters/4 cr
HIS 245 Women in America/4 cr
HIS 235 America and the World/4 cr
HIS 260 The Sixties/4 cr
PSG 220 Issues in Policy, Law, and Gender/4 cr
PSG 240 Social Movements/4 cr
PSG 250 The Politics of Sex Trafficking/4 cr
PSG 260 Comparative Politics/4 cr
PSG 230 LGBT Politics in Film/ 4 cr
PSG 2XX Media, Violence, and Revolutions/4 cr
PSG 235 Theory and Practice of Conflict Resolution/4 cr
Advanced Courses (choose at least one) 4-8 credits
COM 440 Media as a Tool for Social Change/4 cr
AST/HDA 350 Globalization and Human Rights/4 cr
HDS 322 Feminist Theories/4 cr
PSG 3XX Seeking Justice After the War/4 cr
PSG 3XX Neoliberalism, Development, and the Global South/4 cr
PSG 3XX Capitalism and its Discontents/4 cr
Political Science and Global Studies Major Without Professional Major /40 credits

Students opting to major in Political Science and Global Studies without a second major should follow the requirements for the 36-credit major as listed above and add the following, for a total of 40 credits:

Select One:

  • An additional advanced course in Political Science and Global Studies
  • An internship
  • An independent study to enrich your individualized focus 
Political Science and Global Studies Minor (4 Courses)
AST 150 Introduction to American Government/4 cr
Choose one
PSG 101 Issues in Globalization/4 cr
PSG 130 Women and Globalization/4 cr
PSG 226 Perspectives on Global Health/4 cr
One intermediate PSG course/4 cr
One Advanced PSG Course/4 cr

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