Oct 24, 2021  
2021-2022 Scripps Catalog 
2021-2022 Scripps Catalog


Professors Andrews, Neiman
Associate Professors Golub, Kim, Pahwa, Tyson

The study of politics includes a broad range of subject matter, including American politics, political theory, comparative politics, international relations, public policy, and political economy. The Department of Politics is committed to interdisciplinary approaches to the study of these subjects, and is prepared to accept, for example, courses in history, economics, and legal studies towards completion of the major.

Students are advised to consult with their major adviser in order to choose a set of courses that best serves their interests, academic goals, and career objectives. The Politics major at Scripps College encourages students to take advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities that complement their major study.

Dual and Double Majors

Dual and double programs combining politics with a wide range of other majors are possible, however require early planning and careful selection of courses. A double major requires that the student complete all requirements for each program, including Senior Seminar and Senior Thesis, but may have two courses that overlap. A dual major allows the student to combine majors in completing one senior seminar and one senior thesis.

Learning Outcomes of the Program in Politics

Department Goals and/or Objectives

Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish

1. Students develop a broad understanding of political processes, institutions, actors, behavior, and ideas.
2. Students will learn to identify assumptions and critically evaluate arguments made in both academic and popular political contexts.
3. Students combine and apply acquired disciplinary knowledge with that of other disciplines.
4. Students acquire essential skills for research, writing, analysis, and effective oral communication.
5. Students may develop outside of the classroom alternative perspectives on political affairs by engaging in internships, study abroad, and community engagement experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate

SLO1: Students competently demonstrate working knowledge of a range of analytical approaches, concepts, theories and methodologies relevant to Political Science and its five major sub-fields.
SLO2: Students are able to identify assumptions and critically evaluate arguments made in both academic and popular political contexts.
SLO3: Students can demonstrate ability to link politics, history, economics, and culture.
SLO4: Students can effectively communicate in oral and written form.
SLO5: Students will participate in civic engagement activities.