Chatham University

Political Science Curriculum

Major Requirements 
12 courses, including:
MTH 110
Elementary Statistics
3 Credits
Topics include statistical measures and distributions, decision making under uncertainty, application of probability to statistical inference, linear correlation, introduction to nonparametric statistical methods, and application to problems drawn from the natural and social sciences. Three hours of class per week.

Prerequisite(s): Two years of college-preparatory mathematics.
POL 100
Introduction to Comparative Politics
3 Credits
Introduction to politics, policies, and political institutions outside of the United States. Includes concepts such as electoral systems, party systems, parliamentary and presidential systems, democratization, and political change in both Western and non-Western settings.
POL 101
American Government and Public Policy
3 Credits
An examination of the major processes and institutions of American government with comparisons to Canadian government and the economic, social welfare, and environmental policies that these processes and institutions produce.
POL 202
Understanding Public Policy
3 Credits
This course introduces students to the concepts and tools used in the analysis of public policies, and uses these concepts and tools to examine public policies in the United States and other industrial democracies.

Prerequisite(s): POL 100 or 101
POL 311
The Research Process
3 Credits
This seminar is essential for students who both use and produce scholarly research. It examines both the process and products of scholarship in the social sciences, including the following: choice of topic, development of research questions or hypotheses, retrieval of sources, preparation of a literature review, choice of appropriate methodology, and consideration of research results.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or consent of the instructor.
POL 498
Tutorial: Political Science
4 Credits
No description available.
POL 499
Tutorial: Political Science
4 Credits
Students may count one approved 3-credit internship and one of the following three courses as part of the 5 course requirement:
ECN 101
Principles of Macroeconomics
3 Credits
The concepts of national income and output are analyzed, and emphasis is placed on factors that influence the levels of economic activity, unemployment, and inflation, including fiscal and monetary policy and the role of international economics.
PHI 205
Introduction to Social and Political Thought
3 Credits
An introductory exploration of the fundamental normative questions of politics and social life. The course examines the various methods of political and social thought, especially the range of solutions to the problems of authority, obedience, freedom, equality, and justice in the works of such theorists as Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Mill, Rousseau, and Marx.
PHI 382
Rights, Justice, and the Law
3 Credits
An intensive critical investigation of the nature and role of rights in legal and political philosophy, especially in the theory of law, theory of distributive justice, propriety of legislating morality, and justification of punishment.

Prerequisite(s): One course in philosophy.
  • 5 additional 3-credit program electives.