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2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science Major

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Lilly Goren Professor of Political Science
Scott Hendrix Chair of History, Political Science, and Religious Studies; Professor of History
Jennifer Huck Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology
Patricia Rodda Assistant Professor of Political Science
Aaron Routhe Senior Lecturer in Sociology

The Political Science Program offers a major and a minor in global studies and in political science. The Program also offers a Carroll3 Plan for both political science and global studies.

The major in political science prepares students for a lifetime of informed and active citizenship while teaching the skills necessary to succeed in our knowledge-based, globalized economy.

Learning Outcomes for Political Science

Political Science majors at Carroll University will develop a general knowledge of the following:

  1. Major institutions (e.g., legislatures, executives, judiciaries, bureaucracies) and processes (e.g., voting, policy-making) of American governments and of diverse national political systems.
  2. The main theories used to understand the global arena as well as the impact of globalization on global and national politics.
  3. The structure and functions of political theorizing as well as an overview of its history.
  4. Important processes and agencies within public organizations and the ethical dimensions of public service.
  5. Students develop strong communication skills (reading, writing, and listening) as well as analytical and critical skills, which enable them to dissect and solve complex problems effectively.
  6. Students develop the capacity to conduct independent research (identify and develop a research question, design research strategies based on the application of quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, access and interpret information from print and electronic sources, write and present a critical and analytical argument).
  7. Students are strongly encouraged to develop an understanding of the world of work by completing an internship or by participating in an off-campus program that involves contact with governments or non-governmental organizations engaged in the public policy process.

Additional Requirements

  • Two additional Politics courses
  • One 200 or 300-level course in History, Philosophy, or Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts are:

  • Students must take 8 credits in the same modern language (MLL) other than English, this does not include American Sign Language. Carroll University will accept a total of 8 transferred credits from another college/university as long as all 8 credits are completed in the same language.
  • **International students who have English as their second language should contact the Registrar concerning the Modern Language requirement.
  • 4 Hour(s) or higher
  • 4 Hour(s)
  • Degree requirements cannot be waived.


Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major

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