Requirements

  • Major and Minor in Politics

    Requirements for the Major:

    Politics majors must take a minimum of 10 Politics courses.

    • Three required foundational courses, taken in any order:
      • Politics 110: Introduction to Global Politics (prerequisite for 300- and 400-level courses in the Global Politics Track)
      • Politics 120: Introduction to American Politics (prerequisite for 300- and 400-level courses in the American Politics Track)
      • Politics 130: Great Political Ideas (prerequisite for 300-level courses in political theory)
    • Politics 200: Methods of Political Research
    • One course in political theory at the 200 or 300 level
    • The makeup of the remaining five courses depends upon each student’s learning objectives:
      • Majors who concentrate their studies in American politics must take four additional courses at the 200 and 300 levels: three courses in the American Politics Track and one course in the Global Politics Track.
      • Majors who concentrate their studies in global politics must take four additional courses at the 200 and 300 levels: three in the Global Politics Track and one in the American Politics Track.
      • Majors must take the 400-level senior studies experience (i.e., senior seminar, senior research project, senior thesis) that corresponds to their track concentration.  The Department of Politics offers five senior seminars, three in American Politics (Politics 480, 482, 484) and two in Global Politics (Politics 481, 483).  Politics majors in the Global Politics Track can substitute the senior seminar of the International Relations Program (International Relations 480 or 481) for Politics 481 or 483.

    Regardless of the concentrations they choose, all politics majors must take at least four of their ten courses at the 300 and 400 levels.

    College policy prohibits a student from taking more than 15 courses in any one department.  

    Politics Major Tracks

    American Politics Track

     

    Global Politics Track

    Politics 110, 120, and 130

     

    Politics 110, 120, and 130

    Politics 200

     

    Politics 200

    One course in political theory at the 200 or 300 level

     

    One course in political theory at the 200 or 300 level

     

    Four additional concentration courses at the 200 and 300 levels.  Three of these courses must be in the American Politics Track, and one must be in Global Politics Track. 

     

    Four additional concentration courses at the 200 and 300 levels.  Three of these courses must be in Global Politics Track, and one must be in American Politics Track. 

     

    One senior studies capstone experience (i.e., senior thesis, senior project, senior seminar) in the American Politics Track.

     

    One senior studies capstone experience (i.e., senior thesis, senior project, senior seminar) in the Global Politics Track.  (Students are welcome to substitute the senior seminar of the International Relations Program.)

     

    In order to graduate with a degree in Politics, a student must attain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major. 

    Requirements for the Minor:

    Politics minors must take a minimum of 6 Politics courses.

    • Two of the three foundational courses (Politics 110, 120, and 130)
    • Four courses beyond the foundational courses, at least two of which must be at the 300 or 400 level

    Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the minor.

    Transfer and Advanced Placement (AP) Credits  

    Courses transferred from other colleges and universities may be substituted for Lake Forest College courses in politics after consultation with a student’s advisor and with the permission of the Chairperson of the Department of Politics.  The Department of Politics gives automatic credit for Politics 110 to any student who scores a 4 or 5 on the Comparative Politics Advanced Placement (AP) Exam, and credit for Politics 120 to any student who scores a 4 or 5 on the United States Politics Advanced Placement (AP) Exam.

    Course Curriculum and Requirements of the Department of Politics

    Foundations (3 Courses)

    _____ Introduction to Global Politics  (110)

    _____ Introduction to American Politics (120)

    _____ Great Political Ideas (130)

    These courses may be taken in any order

     

    Methods (1 Course)

    _____ Methods of Political Research (200)

    This course must be completed by the end of the third year

     

    Political Theory (1 Course)

    200 or 300 Level

     

    _____ American Political Thought (250)

    _____ Family Structure and Political Theory (251)

    _____ Education and Political Power (252)

    _____ Liberty (350)

    _____ Justice and the Law (351)

    _____ Liberalism and Its Critics (352)

    _____ Democratic Theory (358)

    A. American Politics Track

     (4 courses; 3 from Track A and 1 from Track B) 

    200 and 300 Levels

     

    _____ The Presidency (221)

    _____ Congress (222)

    _____ Mass Media and American Politics (224)

    _____ Influence and Interest Groups (225)

    _____ Race & Gender in American Politics (231)

    _____ Race & Politics in the Age of Obama (232)

    _____ Chicago Politics (233)

    _____ Urban Politics (234)

    _____ Legal Studies (260)

    _____ American Constitutional Law (261)

    _____ Jurisprudence: Philosophy of American Law (262)

    _____ The Judiciary (266)

    _____ Criminal Law and Procedure (267)

    _____ Law, Medicine and Ethics (268)

    _____ Testimony and Trials (269)

    _____ Campaigns and Elections (322)

    _____ Federalism (323)

    _____ Public Opinion (324)

    _____ The First Amendment (361)

    _____ The Fourteenth Amendment: Civil Rights & Equality (363)

    _____ Civil Liberties (365)

    _____ Topics in Public Law: Federal Indian Law (369)

    B. Global Politics Track

    (4 courses; 3 from Track B and 1 from Track A)

    200 and 300 Levels

     

    _____ Politics of Europe (210)

    _____ Non-Violence and Politics of Change (213)

    _____ Politics of South Africa (214)

    _____ Politics of Asia (215)

    _____ Politics of the Middle East (216)

    _____ African Politics (217)

    _____ Politics of Latin America (219)

    _____ American Foreign Policy (240)

    _____ Global Issues  (241)

    _____ Politics of the Third World (242)

    _____ Theories of International Relations (245)

    _____ State and Nation-Building (310)

    _____ Political Systems: Islamic World (311)

    _____ Political Islam (313)

    _____ Comparative Foreign Policy (315)

    _____ Transitions to Democracy (317)

    _____ Topics in Comparative Politics (319)

    _____ Public Opinion (324)

    _____ U.S. - Latin American Relations (341)

    _____ International Political Economy (342)

    _____ International Relations of the Middle East (345)

    _____ International Institutions (347)

    _____ International Law (348)

    _____ Women in the Developing World (349)

     

    Senior Studies (1)

    400 Level

     

    _____ Senior Seminar in American Politics & Law: Presidential Power (480)

    _____ Senior Seminar in American Politics & Law: Affirmative Action (482)

    _____ Senior Seminar in American Politics & Law: Searches, Seizures, and Security (484)

    _____ Senior Research Project (493)

    _____ Senior Thesis (494)

    Senior Studies (1)

    400 Level

     

    _____ Senior Seminar in Global Politics: Revolutions and Global Development (481)

    _____ Senior Seminar in Global Politics: Democratic Peace & War (483)

    _____ Senior Research Project (493)

    _____ Senior Thesis (494)

    _____ Senior Seminar in International Relations: The 21st Century World (Dis)order (IREL 480)

    _____ Senior Seminar in International Relations: Security & Insecurity (IREL 481)

    _____ Senior Seminar in International Relations: Democracy and the Middle East (IREL 482)

     

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