Major Requirements

The study of Politics at Saint Mary’s requires proficiency in four major subfields: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, and Political Theory.

Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed the Politics major will be able to do the following:

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of institutions, principles, and theories of American constitutional democracy. 

  • DEMONSTRATE substantive knowledge of:
    • Political theory and structure
    • Dynamics of political conflict
    • The historical and cultural contexts of political events
  • DEMONSTRATE understanding of and proficiency in the use of standard research techniques relevant to political science issues.
  • PRODUCE clear and effective analysis of significant political issues.
  • DEVELOP a commitment to civic engagement.
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