POLITICAL STUDIES PROGRAM

Division of Social Studies

Website:  http://politicalstudies.bard.edu

Updated August 15, 2017

 

 

Advising Faculty

 

1.     Omar G. Encarnaciσn (director)

2.     Sanjib Baruah

3.     Jonathan Becker

4.     Roger Berkowitz - Pre-Law Adviser

5.     Kevin Duong

6.     Simon Gilhooley (on sabbatical fall ’17, leave of absence spring ’18)

7.     Samantha Hill

8.     James P. Ketterer

9.     David Kettler

10.   Artemy Magun

11.   Christopher McIntosh

12.   Walter Russell Mead

13.   Michelle Murray

 

  

Program Requirements

 

The Political Studies program offers courses in six subfields of political science: Comparative Politics, American Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, Political Theory, and Public Law. Many political studies majors also choose a concentration outside of the program, such as Latin American and Iberian studies, Asian studies, global and international studies, or human rights.  Each of these programs has its own requirements which the student is also expected to fulfill.

 

Moderation Requirements:

 

1.     PS core intro course in one of the six subfields

2.     PS core intro course in one of the six subfields 

3.     PS core intro course in one of the six subfields 

4.     PS elective course

5.     PS elective course

 

Graduation Requirements:

 

1.     PS 300-level or above seminar 

2.     PS 300-level or above seminar   

3.     PS 300-level or above seminar

4.     Senior Project I

5.     Senior Project II

 

Depending on the interests of the student, and with the approval of the academic advisor, one of the 300-level or above seminars may come from a related social science discipline, such as economics or sociology, from study abroad, and from Bard’s Global and International Affairs (BGIA) in New York City.  All students are required to complete a senior project that examines a political problem/puzzle or that synthesizes the political science literature of a major subject, such as democracy, ethnic conflict, and war.

 

 

Sample Program of Study

 

First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

 

• PS core course

• PS elective course

• FYSEM I (fall)

• FYSEM II (spring)

 

• PS core course

• PS core course

• PS elective course

 

Moderation (spring)

 

• PS 300-level seminar

• PS 300-level seminar

 

• Sr. Project I (fall)

• Sr. Project II (spring)

• PS 300-level seminar