Curriculum & Courses

Political science is grounded in four subfields: American politics, international relations, comparative political systems, and political thought. Beginning with American politics, the student is introduced to each of these subfields within his/her first two years of study. Advanced courses may be taken across a broad spectrum of offerings. During the fall semester of the student's senior year, the capstone course is completed. In this course, the student works closely with a faculty member researching and writing on a subject chosen by the student.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in political science. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all political science courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Political Science  36
      Political science subfields:
           POLS 102. American Politics
           POLS 103. International Relations
           POLS 203. Comparative Political Systems
           POLS 204. Political Thought
      POLS 307. Research Methods in Political Science
      POLS 498. Political Science Capstone
      Political science electives
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
18
 Foreign Language  3
     One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 Mathematics  3
     MATH 107. Introduction to Statistics  3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
           CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  42
 Total  120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Mathematics majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Mathematics.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

During their freshman year students meet with their major adviser to map out a plan for satisfying the major and University requirements as well as planning for study abroad or internship experiences and the possibility of declaring a minor or a second major.

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
POLS 102 3 POLS 103  3
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111  3
Foreign Language* 3 CLAR 105 3
CLAR 101  3 MATH 107  3
POLS 104 or Political Science Elective 3 Foreign Language* 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ►  
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
POLS 203  3 POLS 204 3
Political Science Elective 3 Political Science Elective 3
CLAR 208  3 CLAR 103  3
CLAR 304  3 CLAR 207  3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Total 15 Total 15
 
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester                          Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
CLAR 206  3 CLAR 209  3
CLAR 302 & CLRL 302  4 POLS 307  3
Political Science Electives 6 Political Science Elective 3
General Elective 3 General Electives 6
Total 16 Total 15
 
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits 
POLS 498 3 Political Science Elective 3
General Electives 9 General Electives 12
CLAR 401  2      
Total 14 Total 15

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

Requirements for a Minor in Political Science

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in political science. To see the decription of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all political science courses.

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's advisor or from the Office of the Registar.