Political Science  

Associate Professor Irene Langran, Ph.D., Chair
Professors Bruce E. Auerbach, Ph.D. and Theresa C. Smith, Ph.D. 
Professor Emeritus Thomas C. Brogan, Ph.D.

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The Political Science Department offers a program intended to provide students with:

  • An understanding of politics and government as practiced in the U.S. and throughout the world
  • A knowledge of international political relationships
  • The opportunity to develop analytical and communication skills
  • A comprehension of the scope and method of the study of political science
  • An opportunity to prepare for professional careers in law, government, international affairs, political science and many other areas.

Major in Political Science


• POL 101 American Government
• POL 202 Introduction to International Relations
• POL 205 Comparative Politics
• 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
• One advanced course in History, the Social/Behavioral Sciences, or Philosophy


Interdisciplinary Combined Major in Crime and Justice

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


Combined Major in Political Science


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


International Relations Combined Major

The interdisciplinary major in International Relations provides students the tools they 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 and diplomacy should consider this combined major. Students interested in an International Relations combined major should contact Professor Irene Langran or Professor Theresa Smith.

For more detailed information about the major, please visit the International Relations web site at http://www.albright.edu/IR/


• POL 202  International Relations (POL/IR majors substitute IDS 273 or HIS 272)
• POL 205 Comparative Politics (POL/IR majors substitute POL 260, 345 or approved area of studies course)
• POL 352 International Law and Organizations
• POL 399 Internship or approved study abroad program
• An approved International Relations seminar in Political Science

• One of the following:
- ANT 101  Introduction to Anthropology
- IDS 273   Globalization
- HIS 272   American Foreign Relations
- 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. Combined majors are also advised to study or work abroad for at least one term during their undergraduate careers. Students should stay alert to the options provided by independent study with qualified and willing instructors in the departments.


Legal Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Legal Studies is designed to help students develop a thorough understanding of our legal system. For those considering law school, it serves as excellent academic preparation. Students 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. Students should contact Dr. Bruce Auerbach for additional information. A total of six courses are required.


• 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
- IDS 305 Psychology and the Law
- 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 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 302 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.