Political Science Major
The Honors Tutorial program in political science is a particularly important part of our mission, and we are proud to see our graduates go on to top graduate programs around the world. Whether the future career is law, teaching, governing, political consulting, or some other related field, the program in political science, along with the broader liberal arts orientation of the college, offers our HTC students an excellent start. The program is designed around the belief that our HTC students, as talented and mature people, should enjoy freedom to explore the issues and possibilities of the field. Students complete eight tutorials and the equivalent of two years of study in a foreign language but are also able to personalize their program of study and produce original, independent research, in the form of an honors thesis. Tutorials, together with regular coursework, help students to develop a sophisticated understanding of the variety of approaches comprising the discipline of political science. The strength of the tutorial program in political science is the one-to-one or small group tutorial format. This approach facilitates the acquisition of verbal as well as written skills because of the intensive attention devoted to each tutorial student by the tutor. The student is expected to demonstrate knowledge of weekly assignments through papers, oral reports, or such projects as may be designated by the tutor. This provides invaluable experience in research, writing, and oral presentation, as well as develops a professional work ethic and sense of responsibility.
The ideal HTC candidate should have minimum standardized test scores of 30 on the ACT and/or 1300 on the SAT, but we will also consider other students with a high school unadjusted GPA of 3.7 or above. If you choose to take either standardized test more than once, we will consider only your highest scores. HTC applicants should ideally be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. The priority deadline is December 1st.
Change of Program Policy
The priority deadline for freshman transfer is December 1st.
External Transfer Admission
Typically, off campus students who seek to transfer must do so no later than their freshman year of study. They should contact the Honors Tutorial College office for guidance.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
A great number and variety of opportunities are available to political science graduates upon graduation. Some pursue careers in government service, non-profit agencies or the private sector. Some go on to law or professional school. Others find opportunities in teaching and research. Because the Honors Tutorial College is so unique, graduating students who apply to graduate or professional schools are given letters that not only describe the tutorial nature of the college, but also describe the content of each tutorial taken by the student.
The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Jim Mosher, director of studies, contact person
Please request application information regarding admission as a student using the form below.