Courses are offered in the four principal subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

For course descriptions as well as major and minor requirements students should consult the appropriate course catalog.

General Political Science Courses  

  • POSC 100: Introduction to Politics (4 Credits)
  •  POSC 199/299/399/499: Independent Study (1-4 Credits)
  • POSC 385: Topics in Political Science or Public Policy (4 Credits)
  • POSC 398/498: Off-Campus Internship (4-16 Credits)
  • POSC 493/494: St. Mary's Project (1-8 Credits)
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American Politics Courses

  • POSC 201: American Politics (4 Credits)
  • POSC 266: Women and the Law (2 Credits)
  • POSC 303: Law, Courts, and Judges (4 Credits)
  • POSC 311: Public Policy (4 Credits) (Cross-listed as SOCS 311)
  • POSC 312: State and Community Politics: Maryland (4 Credits)
  • POSC 315: Policy Evaluation (4 Credits) (Cross-listed as SOCS 315)
  • POSC 316: Religion and the US Constitution (2 Credits)
  • POSC 325: Politics and the U.S. Defense Establishment (4 Credits)
  • POSC 330: The United States Congress (4 Credits)
  • POSC 341: The American Presidency (4 Credits)
  • POSC 348: Parties and Elections (4 Credits)
  • POSC 351: Constitutional Law I: Struggles over Power (4 Credits)
  • POSC 352: Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties (4 Credits)
  • POSC 366: Law and Society (2 Credits)
  • POSC 367: Public Administration (4 Credits)
  • POSC 375: The American Revolution (4 Credits)
  • POSC 419: African-American History in America (4 Credits) (Cross-listed as HIST 419)
  • POSC 451: Supreme Court and Public Policy (4 Credits)
  • POSC 461: Studies in American Politics (4 Credits)

Comparative Politics Courses

  • POSC 252: Comparative Politics (4 Credits)
  • POSC 333: Asian Politics (4 Credits)
  • POSC 345: Politics of the Middle East (4 Credits)
  • POSC 373: Politics and Film in the Third World (4 Credits)
  • POSC 405: Democratization (4 Credits)
  • POSC 462: Studies in Comparative Politics (4 Credits)

International Relations Courses

  • POSC 269: International Politics (4 Credits)
  • POSC 317: International Peace and Conflict (4 Credits)
  • POSC 320: International Political Economy (4 Credits)
  • POSC 364: 20th Century U.S. Foreign Policy (4 Credits)
  • POSC 455: Seminar on International Security after the Cold War: Problems and Prospects (4 Credits)
  • POSC 468: Studies in International Relations (4 Credits)

Methodology Courses

  • POSC 200: Scopes and Methods (4 Credits)
  • POSC 300: Political Analysis I (4 Credits)
  • POSC 301: Political Analysis II(4 Credits)

Political Theory Courses

  • POSC 262: Introduction to Democratic Political Thought (4 Credits)
  • POSC 362: Classical Political Thought (4 Credits)
  • POSC 363: Modern Political Thought (4 Credits)
  • POSC 431: Early American Political Thought (4 Credits)
  • POSC 469: Political Theory (4 Credits) (Cross-listed as PHIL 410)

Public Policy Courses

  • SOCS 311: Public Policy (4 Credits) (Cross-listed as POSC 311)
  • SOCS 315: Policy Evaluation (4 Credits) (Cross-listed as POSC 315)
  • SOCS 398/498: Off-Campus Internship (4-16 Credits)
  • PPOL 408: Studies in Public Policy (4 Credits) (Cross-listed as POSC 408)
  • PPOL 493/494: St. Mary's Project (1-8 Credits)