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Requirements

Major and Minor in Politics

Requirements for the Major:

Politics majors must take a minimum of 10 Politics courses.

  • Three of the four foundations courses, taken in any order (see Politics major tracks table below for the appropriate prescribed trio):
    • Politics 110: Introduction to Global Politics
    • Politics 120: Introduction to American Politics
    • Politics 130: Great Political Ideas
    • Politics 140: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • 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 eight senior seminars, five in American Politics (Politics 480, 482, 484, 485, 487) and three in Global Politics (Politics 481, 483, 486).  Politics majors in the Global Politics Track can substitute the senior seminar of the International Relations Program (International Relations 480 or 481 or 482) for Politics 481 or 483 or 486.

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 120, 130, and either 110 or 140

 

Politics 110, 140, and either 120 or 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.)

 

To graduate with a major in Politics, student must earn a C average (GPA 2.0) across all courses earned for letter grades counted towards the major. Up to two course grades of “P” will be counted toward the major, with the exception that senior capstone (senior seminar, senior research project and senior thesis) may not be earned on a Pass-Fail basis.

Requirements for the Minor:

Politics minors must take a minimum of 6 Politics courses.

  • Two of the four foundational courses (Politics 110, 120, 130, and 140)
  • 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)

_____ Introduction to Comparative Politics (140)

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)

_____ The Social Contract (357)

_____ 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)

_____ Public Policy Studies (226)

_____ Deep State (231)

_____ Chicago Politics (233)

_____ Urban Politics (234)

_____ Religion and Politics in the USA (236)

_____ Environmental Politics and Policy (237)

_____ Legal Studies (260)

_____ American Constitutional Law (261)

_____ Jurisprudence: Philosophy of American Law (262)

_____ Immigration Law and Policy (265)

_____ The Judiciary (266)

_____ Law, Medicine and Ethics (268)

_____ Testimony and Trials (269)

_____ Race and Criminal Justice (270)

_____ Campaigns and Elections (322)

_____ Federalism (323)

_____ Public Opinion (324)

_____ The First Amendment (361)

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

_____ Civil Liberties (365)

B. Global Politics Track

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

200 and 300 Levels

 

_____ Politics of Europe (210)

_____ Populism (214)

_____ Politics of Asia (215)

_____ Politics of Russia (218)

_____ Politics of Latin America (219)

_____ American Foreign Policy (240)

_____ Global Issues  (241)

_____ Politics of the Developing World (242)

_____ Theories of International Relations (245)

_____ International Security and Civil Liberties (275)

_____ Politics of Mexico (280)

_____ Comparative Foreign Policy (315)

_____ Global Democratization (317)

_____ Topics in Comparative Politics (319)

_____ Public Opinion (324)

_____ International Terrorism (340)

_____ International Political Economy (342)

_____ Global Governance (347)

_____ International Law (348)

_____ Women in the Developing World (349)

_____ Dictators, Despots, and Tyrants (355)

 

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 Seminar in American Politics & Law: Constitutional Change (485)

_____ Senior Seminar in American Politics & Law: Money, Inequality and Power (487)

_____ 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 Seminar in Global Politics: Global Justice (486)

_____ 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: Democracy and the Middle East (IREL 482)