Welcome to the Department of Political Science!
You have chosen to major in a discipline that encourages you to think deeply about the world from Atlantic City to Seattle, from Perth to Paris. You will encounter everything from philosophic treatises to survey data in your quest to understand how human beings govern themselves. You will also be given opportunities to experience politics in some personal way, perhaps through an internship in Washington, D.C., or a study abroad program in a far off country. Put all this together and you have a challenging major that incorporates the best of the liberal arts.
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How to Become a PS Major
If you are currently enrolled as a Furman student, here is what you do to become a political science major:
- Choose an advisor from among the faculty members in the department.
- Meet with that advisor to discuss course selection and program options.
- Fill out the "Declaration of a New Major" form with your advisor.
- Turn the form in to Mrs. Schoen or Mrs. Blankenship at the front desk and have your photo taken for our majors display board.
Requirements for a political science major:
- PSC-101, 102, 103, 150
- at least one advanced course from two of the following four sub-fields:
- American Politics
- Comparative Politics
- International Relations
- Political Thought
- One "engaged learning" course or any two PSC courses offered in the May Experience
- Two additional advanced courses in political science