Political Science

Program Coordinator: Jason F. Jagemann

Associate Professors Michael Andrew, Jason Jagemann, and Yangmo Ku; Assistant Professor Michael Thunberg.


The Political Science program emphasizes the objectives of the liberal arts, which are to help the student cultivate powers of analysis and exposition in reading, writing, and communication; to expand the student’s intellectual horizons; and to increase the student’s knowledge and curiosity. The program explores the realm of politics; its vocabulary, its principal concepts and strategies, its ethics, and its expediencies. To do so, the program encourages students to appreciate and understand theories about government and politics, as well as the methods of the discipline.

  • Develop skills that enable students to have successful and rewarding careers.
  • Provide students with a working knowledge of the vocabulary, concepts, ethics, and strategies of politics as well as an appreciation of how politics and public policy impact the lives of people locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Give students the opportunity to do independent research and develop their own ideas in the field of political science by being mentored by professional political scientists. 

  • Students initiate and complete research projects as well as cogently present research findings.
  • Students apply the skills they learn in the classroom to understand and evaluate political and policy processes and outcomes.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the political and policy processes in a variety of domestic and international settings.
  • Students are prepared for the job market and/or graduate or law school.
Careers in this Major:
  • Military Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Political Scientist
  • Public Administrator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer 

The Political Science Program has a strong record of supervising internships for students throughout the United States. The intent of the internship is to provide students with opportunities to apply their classroom learning and to enhance their academic programs through practical experience. Students find internships as an invaluable experience through which they can explore potential careers and examine the links between the theory and practice of politics and government.

Norwich University also maintains an institutional affiliation with The Washington Semester Program (WSP), which is the oldest, most prestigious, and well-known experiential education program in the world. This is a dynamic program that takes you outside of the classroom and into the real world. You gain experience and contacts to jump-start your career and get a taste of professional life while you experience the bustling pace of the capital city. Whatever your career interests, the WSP offers a variety of unique and intensive programs that will provide you with a learning opportunity that challenges your mind and will change your life.

Political Science (B.A.) – Curriculum Map 2020-2021 Catalog

New PlanGrids
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
HI 121 American History Survey I (General Education History)3HI 122 American History Survey II3
PO 105 American Politics c,6,93PO 106 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration c,93
Modern Language4 Modern Language4 
   Free Elective3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 13Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
PO 220 Research Methods c,93PO 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics c,8,93
PO 215 International Relations c,7,93MA 232 Elementary Statistics ((General Education Math))3
BA Intercultural History Elective3 EC 201 Principles of Economics (Macro) (General Education Social Science)
or 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)
General Education Math3 BA Intercultural Elective3 
Free Elective3 General Education Leadership1-3 
   Free Elective3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 15Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16-18
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
PO 303 Political Philosophy c
or 330 American Citizenship
3PO International Relations Elective 2,7,93 
EN 112 Public Speaking3PO American Politics Elective 3,6,93 
General Education Ethics3 General Education Arts & Humanities Elective3 
General Education Lab Science4 General Education Lab Science Elective4 
Free Elective3 Free Elective3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 16Spring Semester Total Cr.: 16
Fall Cr. Comp. Spring Cr. Comp.
PO Comparative Politics Elective c,8,4,93 PO 410 Capstone Seminar in Political Science (General Education Capstone) c,93
Free Elective3 PO Elective (300-400 level) 5,93 
Free Elective3 PO Elective (300-400 level) 5,93 
Free Elective3 General Education Literature3 
Free Elective3 Free Elective3 
Fall Semester Total Cr.: 15Spring Semester Total Cr.: 15

Political Science Minor 2020-2021 Catalog

Complete the six courses listed below with a grade of C or higher.

PO 105American Politics3
PO 202Introduction to Comparative Politics3
PO 215International Relations3
Three PO Electives (300 or 400 level)9
Total Cr.18


PO 105 American Politics 3 Cr.

A study of the theoretical, institutional, and behavioral elements of the U.S. political system. Prerequisite: Freshmen or sophomore standing. (Fall, Spring) 202140.

PO 106 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration 3 Cr.

An introductory examination of theoretical and practical approaches to policy making and administration, the essential steps in the process, and the roles of key actors at all levels. This course prepares students for more in-depth study of all other facets of the political realm. Prerequisite: Freshmen or sophomore standing.

PO 188 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

PO 1XX Political Science Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

PO 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 Cr.

An introductory course that acquaints students with the comparative study of politics. The course will compare executive and legislative relationships, electoral systems, ideologies, and political parties. Various countries from around the world will be used to illustrate the application and consequences of different institutions and ideas. Prerequisite: Freshmen or Sophomore standing.

PO 215 International Relations 3 Cr.

An inquiry in assumptions, theories, and dogmas of the modern state system. Examination and evaluation of such topics as realist theory; conflict resolution; game theory; decision-making theory; and ecopolitics. Prerequisite: Freshmen or Sophomore standing.

PO 220 Research Methods 3 Cr.

An introduction to the methods of political analysis, standard nomenclature, and basic research methods relied upon in the study of politics. Emphasis is placed on quantitative methods and ethical issues in conducting research. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.

PO 288 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

PO 2XX Political Science Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

PO 300 Special Topics in Politics 3 Cr.

Select topics offered in Politics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

PO 301 Special Topics in International Relations 3 Cr.

Select topics in the area of International Relations. A maximum of four classes may be applied to the student record when taken under different course title/topic. 3 lecture hours. Prerequisite: PO 215, grade of C or higher.

PO 303 Political Philosophy 3 Cr.

After introducing the political philosophies of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, this course explores the ideas of major Western thinkers from the Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution. The course not only examines each philosopher's understandings of power, justice, equality and freedom, but also contemporary applications and implications of these ideas. Prerequisite: Sophomore 2 standing or higher.

PO 305 Geopolitics 3 Cr.

Geopolitics will give students an increased appreciation of the influence of geography on political decision-making. This course will help students "visualize" world politics and understand how geography affects both national and transnational political behaviors. Students will learn to think and write critically about such issues and forces as globalization, development, and conflict. Students will develop an understanding of how interests and perceptions are shaped by geography. Prerequisite: C or higher in PO 202 or PO 215.

PO 310 European Politics 3 Cr.

A study of the political systems, cultures, and issues of selected countries from western, northern and southern Europe as well as Russia and the European Union. This course will also consider the relationship between domestic and foreign policies and the relationship between the United States and Europe. Prerequisite: PO 202, C or higher.

PO 312 The Presidency 3 Cr.

A study of the presidential office and its relationship with the major American political institutions. Prerequisite: PO 105, C or higher.

PO 313 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3 Cr.

A study of political parties and interest groups as they influence the decision making process, the formulation of government policy, and the selection of official personnel. Prerequisite: PO 105, C or higher.

PO 314 The Legislative Process 3 Cr.

A study of the national and state legislatures in the United States through a combination of lectures, readings, contact with legislators, and actual investigations on the state legislative scene itself. Prerequisite: PO 105, C or higher.

PO 315 Public Opinion and Political Behavior 3 Cr.

A study of the development of political attitudes and the formation of public opinion; the influence of public opinion on governmental policy through its relationship to political participation representation and leadership. Prerequisite: PO 105, C or higher.

PO 320 Topics in Area Studies 3 Cr.

Selected topics in area studies will be offered on occasion. This course will be used to cover subjects not included in the regular offerings in comparative politics. Topics may include the politics of a particular country or region such as Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, or the Middle East. A topics course may also be offered on a particular issue area such as foreign and defense policy, healthcare policy, welfare policy, or environmental policy. Prerequisite: PO 202, C or higher.

PO 321 U.S. Constitutional Law 3 Cr.

Introduction to the evolution and structure of the American constitutional system, focusing on the federal relationship, the separation of powers, and judicial review, relying primarily upon the case method of analysis. Open to Sophomore 2 and above, otherwise instructor permission.

PO 324 Civil Liberties 3 Cr.

An examination of the relationship of individuals to government, relying primarily upon the case method of study, with specific consideration of problems of equal protection, due process, privacy, and freedoms of speech and religion. Open to Sophomore 2 and above, otherwise instructor permission.

PO 326 Model United Nations 1 Cr.

Model United Nations is an experiential learning activity that culminates in an annual conference where students assume the role of a United Nations member state and represents that states positions in committees that mirror the institutional structure of the UN. Students research and write position papers that are presented at the national conference. During the conference, students collaborate and develop consensus to produce written policy proposals on current global challenges debated at the United Nations. Conference attendance mandatory. 1 Credit hour. Three accumulated hours will comprise one 3 credit course. Can be used for PO free elective or free elective. Open to all majors. Prerequisite: Instructor and Department Permission. Offered: Spring.

PO 330 American Citizenship 3 Cr.

Using the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as a foundation, this course examines what it means to be a citizen of the United States. The course addresses such questions as: What are citizens entitled to and what do they owe the state and each other? Is there an obligation to obey political authority? Is there ever an obligation to disobey authority? An important consideration is the role of the military in American political life and in particular, the relationship between the military ethic and republican values. Prerequisite: PO 105, C or higher.

PO 331 State and Local Politics 3 Cr.

The primary objective of this course is to gain an understanding of the role of the state and local political institutions within the context of American federalism. Emphasis is placed on procedural and policy differences as well as political issues in state, regional, and local governments. Prerequiste: PO 105, C or higher.

PO 333 American Foreign Policy 3 Cr.

Through studies of the three "levels of analysis" personal political psychology, bureaucratic politics, and international relations-this course examines the processes of American foreign policy formulation and execution; it explores the objectives, methods, and consequences of major U.S. foreign and military policies. If practicable, students will take part in role-playing simulations. Prerequisite: C or higher in PO 105 or PO 202.

PO 340 Revolution and Forces of Change 3 Cr.

A critical analysis of several revolutions that will examine causes, outcomes, and accepted explanations in an attempt to discern generalities applicable to all revolutions. Prerequisite: PO 202, C or higher.

PO 348 Asian Politics 3 Cr.

A study of the political systems, cultures, and issues of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, and India. This course will pay particular attention to the relationship between the West and Asia, the processes of "modernization," and the role of Asia in contemporary international relations. Prerequisite: PO 202, C or higher.

PO 388 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

PO 3XX Political Science Transfer Elective 3 Cr.

This course is used for transfer when no equivalent Norwich course exists.

PO 400 Independent Study 3 Cr.

An opportunity for qualified upperclass students to engage in an intensive reading or research program in fields of interest not satisfactorily covered by regular course offerings. Periodic conferences will be required. Prerequisite: written consent of the instructor to a specific project presented by the applicant. Open to upperclassmen, otherwise by permission of the instructor. (Occasionally).

PO 403 Internship 3-15 Cr.

Direct participation in the practical workings of state, municipal, and Federal government. Ordinarily open only to seniors. Offered on availability to internships. Credits to be determined by instructor. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PO 405 International Organizations 3 Cr.

This course focuses on the increasingly influential and varied roles international organizations play in the world today from peace and security to international development, human rights, and environmental protection. It traces the evolution of the thinking behind, and efforts to establish international organizations, and analyzes not only their promise and challenges, but also their successes and failures to date. Although particular attention is paid to the United Nations and its many affiliated bodies, regional organizations (e.g. European Union, Organization of American States, African Union, NATO), international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and multi-national corporations are also assessed. Prerequisite: PO 215, C or higher. Offered alternate years.

PO 410 Capstone Seminar in Political Science 3 Cr.

A research and writing course designed to introduce students to graduate standards of original research and critical writing in political science. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PO 412 War and Peace 3 Cr.

An inquiry into the ostensible causes of war-- biological, economic, psychological, strategic, and theological; and an examination of the purported causes of war -- personal probity, military counterpoise, political utopia, and world government. Preparation of a substantial paper is required. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

PO 415 International Law 3 Cr.

This course examines the development of international law, and assesses its effectiveness in governing the relations among nation-states. The course examines early as well as more recent efforts to build a body of such law. It compares international law with domestic law, and explores the principal sources of international law. The course uses cases to analyze the development of international law in areas such as extraterritorial jurisdiction, the range of sovereignty, diplomatic relations, the treaty system, arbitration and adjudication, the use of force, human rights, the environment, and economic relations. Prerequisite: PO 215, C or higher. Offered alternate years.

PO 488 No Norwich Equivalent 6 Cr.

PO 490 Honors in Political Science 3 Cr.

A substantial, sequential, research and writing project. See description of department honors program. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. (Occasionally).

PO 491 Honors in Political Science 3 Cr.

The second semester of honors in political science. Devoted to writing and defending the honors thesis. Prerequisite: PO 490, B or higher and permission of the instructor and program coordinator.