The political science department at Carleton offers courses in all branches of political science. We represent a variety of fields and interests. We also have a wide spectrum of political opinions and a variety of approaches. This fosters lively debate in classes, and in the Carleton community as a whole, about issues of public concern. We have a tradition of student interest in political affairs, and a department that is large and diverse for the size of the College.
Can I major in it?
Yes. It’s known as “Political Science & International Relations”. Note: there is no minor, but there is a public policy minor, which combines political science and economics classes.
American government and politics, comparative political systems, international relations and world politics, and political philosophy.
How to get started
First-year students normally begin their study in the department with POSC 120: Democracy and Dictatorship, POSC 122: Politics in America: Liberty and Equality or POSC 160: Political Philosophy, POSC 170: International Relations and World Politics. Some 200-level courses are open to first-year students.