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THE MAJORS

Major in Political Science

Requirements

  • POL 101 American Government (counts as General Studies Foundations Social Science)
  • POL 202 Introduction to International Relations
  • POL 205 Comparative Politics
  • POL 206 Political Inquiry
  • POL 207 Research Methods (counts as General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning)
  • POL 315 Political Theory
  • One approved Political Science senior-level seminar
  • Six additional advanced Political Science courses

Interdisciplinary Combined Major in Crime and Justice

The Political Science, Sociology and Psychology departments offer a Crime and Justice interdisciplinary major that focuses on the legal, political, administrative, psychological and sociological analyses of criminal deviance and societal responses to crime. See Crime and Justice under the Sociology Department for requirements.


Combined Major in Political Science

Requirements

  • POL 101 American Government (counts as General Studies Foundations Social Science)
  • POL 202 Introduction to International Relations 
  • POL 205 Comparative Politics 
  • POL 206 Political Inquiry
  • POL 315 Political Theory
  • One approved Political Science senior-level seminar
  • Two additional advanced Political Science courses

International Relations Combined Major

The interdisciplinary major in International Relations provides students you the tools you need to understand and evaluate relationships among nations, states and people as these are affected by conflict, globalization, health, climate changes and other challenges. Students contemplating careers in government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, intelligence, international business, international law or diplomacy should consider this combined major. For more information, contact Professor Irene Langran, or visit http://www.albright.edu/IR/.
Requirements

  • POL 202 International Relations (POL/IR majors substitute HIS 215, HIS 237, HIS 315, SOC 305, POL 242 or POL273)
  • POL 205 Comparative Politics (POL/IR majors substitute POL 260, 345, HIS 211, HIS 220, HIS 228, HIS 232, HIS 242, HIS 256 or HIS 267))
  • POL 352 International Law and Organizations OR POL 242 Human Rights
  • Approved Political Science study abroad program
  • POL 403 Seminar or an approved International Relations Seminar
  • One of the following:
    • ANT 270 People of the World
    • IDS 273 Globalization
    • HIS 315 World War II Era
    • SOC 305 Terrorism
  • One of the following:
    • ECO 233  Comparative Economics
    • ECO 234  Economic Development
    • ECO 301  International Economics

International Relations majors are strongly encouraged to develop facility in languages other than their native language. Students should stay alert to the options provided by independent study with qualified and willing instructors in the departments.


Interdisciplinary Combined Major in Public Health

The interdisciplinary combined major in public health is a liberal arts program in which students will gain a greater understanding of public health on local, national and global levels. The study of public health not only combines perspectives from the social sciences, sciences, mathematics and humanities, it also cultivates critical and analytical skills across disciplines, written and oral communication, teamwork ability, ethical reasoning, and civic knowledge and engagement. This major will benefit students who wish to pursue careers related to public health and the health sciences, law and policy, and other career paths that draw upon multidisciplinary approaches and critical engagement.  To study public health is to engage human biology, socio-economic contexts, personal choices and behaviors, environmental determinants, and political processes on local and global scales. 

Requirements

  • PUH 101 Introduction to Public Health
  • POL/SYN 330 Global Health 
  • Statistics course from: BIO 200 Biometry, ECO 207 Business/Economics Statistics, MAT 110 Elementary Statistics, POL 207 Research Methods, PSY 200 Research I, or SOC 211 Statistics 
  • PUH 310 Epidemiology
  • Public Health Internship
  • PUH 440 Public Health Capstone
  • One or two additional Public Health courses (students completing an approved Statistics course within their other major must take a second course)
    • HIS 205 History of US Medicine/Public Health
    • HIS 206 History of Urban Public Health
    • POL 214 Public Policy
    • POL 218 Public Administration
    • BIO 234 Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIO 235 Anatomy & Physiology II
    • SOC 201 Social Problems
    • SOC 203 Human Services
    • SOC 262 Stratification
    • SOC 291 Environmental Sociology
    • PHI 260 Biomedical Ethics
    • LAS 299 Disease, Death and Society in Latin America 1850-1990
    • ESS 325 Geographical Information Systems
    • ANT 303 Food & Culture
    • PSY 206 Social Psychology
    • PSY 230 Human Development
    • REL 236 God and Doctors: Religion, Health and Medicine
    • PSY 290 Diversity Issues
    • PSY 390 Psychopathology
    • Comparative Health Systems
  • BIO 151 General Biology I: Structure & Function is recommended for the General Studies Foundations-Natural Science requirement.  Other Foundations-Natural Science courses are allowed

Public Health Minor

Requirements

  • PUH 101 Introduction to Public Health
  • POL/SYN 330 Global Health 
  • Statistics course from: BIO 200 Biometry, ECO 207 Business/Economics Statistics, MAT 110 Elementary Statistics, POL 207 Research Methods, PSY 200 Research I, or SOC 211 Statistics 
  • PUH 310 Epidemiology
  • Public Health Internship

Legal Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Legal Studies is designed to help you develop a thorough understanding of our legal system. For those considering law school, it serves as excellent academic preparation. You study the place of the legal system among our civil institutions, and develop the ability to read, understand and assess critically Supreme Court cases. This minor is open to all students interested in studying our legal system regardless of concentration or career goal. Contact Dr. Bruce Auerbach for additional information. A total of six courses are required.

Requirements

    • POL 216 Law and Society
    • Two or three courses from:
      • POL 371 Constitutional Law
      • POL 372 Civil Liberties
      • POL 412 Law and Public Policy
    • Two or three courses from:
      • BUS 250 or BUS 251 Business Law I or II 
      • PHI 150 Critical Thinking/Legal Reasoning
      • PHI 203 Ethics or PHI 204 Moral Problems
      • PHI 230 Philosophy and Law
      • POL 231/331 Criminal Law
      • POL 340 Environmental Law
      • POL 399 Internship

Public Administration and Policy Analysis Minor

Students considering careers in government and not-for-profit organizations should consider this minor, designed to offer the basic academic preparation for management in the public sector. Five courses are required for the minor in public administration and policy analysis, excluding prerequisites:

    • ECO 337 Public Finance
    • POL 207 Research Methods
    • POL 214 Public Policy
    • POL 218 Public Administration
    • POL 399 Internship

Teacher Certification

Students intending to pursue secondary education certification in social sciences should consult with advisers in the Political Science and Education departments to assure selection of appropriate courses to fulfill all the mandated state requirements.

 

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