The Political Theory concentration offers students an understanding of the principles, concepts, norms, and assumptions that inform public policy. Students consider the meaning of justice and the nature and source of legitimate authority. The concentration offers a strong undergraduate preparation for entry into advanced degree programs, public service, private institutions, and political organizations.

Pathway for BA Students

Year 1

Fall
First Year Writing I
Seminar for Freshmen
First-Year Experience Core Requirement: CAS-101
Human Behavior & Societies Core Requirement: GVT-110
Social, Cultural & Global Perspectives Core Requirement: GVT-115

Spring
First Year Writing II
Creativity & Innovation Core Requirement
Math Core Requirement
GVT-120

Summer
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

Year 2

Fall
Studies in Literature Core Requirement
Modern Language Core Requirement I
GVT-201
GVT-275

Spring
Ethical & Philosophical Inquiry Core Requirement
Modern Language Core Requirement II
GVT-276
GVT Elective

Summer
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

Year 3

Fall
STE Core Requirement
Theory Elective (PHIL or GVT)
GVT-501
Elective
Elective

Spring
STE Core Requirement
Social & Intellectual History/VPATH Core Requirement
GVT Elective
GVT Elective
 

Pathway for BS Students

Year 1

Fall
First Year Writing I
Seminar for Freshmen
First-Year Experience Core Requirement: CAS-101
Human Behavior & Societies Core Requirement: GVT-110
Social, Cultural & Global Perspectives Core Requirement: GVT-115

Spring
First Year Writing II
Creativity & Innovation Core Requirement
Math Core Requirement
GVT-120

Summer
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

Year 2

Fall
Studies in Literature Core Requirement
Social & Intellectual History Core Requirement
Quantitative Analysis Core Requirement: GVT-201
GVT-275

Spring
Ethical & Philosophical Inquiry Core Requirement
GVT-276
GVT Elective
Elective

Summer
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

Year 3

Fall
STE Core Requirement
Theory Elective (PHIL or GVT)
GVT-501
Elective
Elective

Spring
STE Core Requirement
VPATH Core Requirement
GVT Elective
GVT Elective