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 2013-14 academic year.

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

The Political Science and Global Studies major introduces students to American politics, comparative and international politics, and the impact of globalization on rich and poor nations. Courses will explore topics as varied as the politics of sex trafficking, the struggle for global human rights, the relationship between food and power, working with refuges, and international movements for economic, gender, racial, and environmental justice. Students explore important historical and cultural trends, political institutions, and emerging political and social issues. The interdisciplinary major seeks to understand the complex relations among states as well as the historical roots of contemporary political forces and problems. The major provides students with an international and multicultural lens that complements professional preparation.

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/HDA 226 Perspectives on Global Health/4 cr
PSG130 Women and Globalization/4 cr
American History (choose one)* 4 credits
HIS 165 America through the Civil War/4 cr
HIS 167 America since the Civil War/4 cr
HIS 245 Women in America/4 cr
AST 220 Coming to America/4 cr
AST 257 Race in America/4 cr
Intermediate (choose one)* 4 credits
AST 265 Gender and Politics/4 cr
PSG 260 Comparative Politics/4 cr
Advanced (choose one)* 4 credits
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 151 Women, Work &Family in Modern Europe/4 cr
HIS 165 America Through the Civil War/4 cr
HIS 167 America Since the Civil War/4 cr
HIS 194 Europe in the Age of Discovery/4 cr
PSG 101 Issues in Globalization/4 cr
PSG 130 Women and Globalization/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
HDA/PSG 226 Perspectives on Global Health/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
LIT 230 African American Women Writers/4 cr
LIT 245 Native American Literature/4 cr
PSG 250 The Politics of Sex Trafficking/4 cr
Advanced Courses (choose at least one) 4-8 credits
COM 440 Media as a Tool for Social Change/4 cr
COM 265 African Diaspora Speaks/4 cr
AST/HDA 350 Globalization and Human Rights/4 cr
HDS 322 Feminist Theories/4 cr
HIS 414 Social History of America's Working People/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

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