Political Science

Division V Chair: S. Gowler


Program Chair: J. Heyrman


Faculty: M. Berheide, J. Heyrman, and L. McKee


Website: http://www.berea.edu/psc/


Courses: PSC Courses


Major/Minor Requirements: Political Science B.APolitical Science Minor


A major in Political Science provides an understanding of how humankind attempts to deal with ordered relationships in institutions through the study of political organizations such as legislatures, courts, and executives. In addition, the focus of study is on local political affairs, national politics, and international relations. The student becomes aware of the scope of political topics and activities using philosophical, historical, and behavioral methods. Majors are expected to develop research skills in the pursuit of topics in which they have an interest. Political Science provides a particularly useful background for students planning a career in government or public service, law, teaching, business, and other professions that involve an understanding of ordered relationships.

The Program offers one major—a B.A. Degree with a major in Political Science as well as a minor in Political Science.

Political Science Student Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1: Concepts and Terminology
Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and terminology in common use in the profession.
Learning Outcome 2: Quantitative and Non-Quantitative Analyses
Demonstrate an ability to undertake both quantitative and non-quantitative analyses of political phenomena and behavior.
Learning Outcome 3:
International Relations and Organizations
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental structures, processes, and institutions of international relations and organizations.
Learning Outcome 4:
Global Issues and Problems
Demonstrate awareness of significant global issues and problems.
Learning Outcome 5: Knowledge of American Government
Demonstrate a knowledge of the structure, processes, and institutions of American Government that goes beyond that of the average citizen.
Learning Outcome 6: Principles of Government
Demonstrate an understanding of principles of government through knowledge of different types, seen historically and in contemporary times.

Learning Outcome 7: Theoretical and Philosophical Analysis of Politics
Demonstrate familiarity with the “classics” of the theoretical and philosophical analysis of politics.

Political Science Course Sequencing Table:

Please be aware that the table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest.  It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned.

Course Fall 15 Spr 16 Fall 16 Spr 17 Fall 17 Spr 18 Fall 18 Spr 19
PSC 100 X X X X X X X X
PSC 110 X X X X X X X X
PSC 201 X           X  
PSC 220   X   X   X   X
PSC 235   X   X   X   X
PSC 250 X   X   X   X  
PSC 314         X      
PSC 317 X       X      
PSC 319   X       X    
PSC 322       X       X
PSC 325     X          
PSC 330     X       X  
PSC 351           X  
PSC 352   X       X    
PSC 355        X       X
PSC 480 X   X   X   X