Political Science Major  

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Midshipmen must select an area of concentration within the Political Science discipline: American Politics and Law, Comparative Politics, or International Relations. Individual programs should be worked out with the midshipman’s assigned academic adviser during spring semester of 3/c year.

Please download the matrices document for more information.

American Politics and Law Concentration (FPSA)

Required Courses

FP210 International Relations  or  FP230 Comparative Politics

FP220 Political Science Methods

FP471X Capstone Seminar

In addition to the required courses above, each midshipman must complete seven courses within the Political Science discipline. Four courses are from within their area of concentration. Out of the remaining three courses, midshipmen must take two courses from the other two areas of concentration within Political Science, and one other Political Science elective. Preference for fall enrollment in capstone seminars will be given to midshipmen who have completed at least four Political Science courses.

American Politics and Law Elective Courses

FP325 American Political Philosophy

FP326 The American Presidency

FP328 The Legislative Process

FP340 Modern Political Thought and Ideology

FP345 Environmental Politics and Security

FP350 Political Economy

FP355 Civil Military Relations

FP372 Political Parties, Campaigns and Interest Groups

FP375 Politics and the Media

FP397 Criminal law and Justice

FP403 Advanced Research Seminar in Washington

FP413 Constitutional Law: Federal System

FP414 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

FP420 Public Policy

FP430 Political Philosophy

FP463 Special Topics in American Politics

FP485/486 A, B New Course Offering American


*Political Science majors can take courses in any order with the exception of the three required courses. Midshipmen must enroll in FP210 or FP230, and FP220 during their 3/C year. FP471X is taken during 1/C year.

Comparative Politics Concentration (FPSC)

Required Courses

FP230 Comparative Politics

FP220 Political Science Methods

FP471X Capstone Seminar

In addition to the required courses above, each midshipman must complete seven courses within the Political Science discipline. Four courses are from within their area of concentration. Out of the remaining three courses, midshipmen must take two courses from the other two areas of concentration within Political Science, and one other Political Science elective. FP210 (International Relations) can be taken as the free major elective, or as the free elective, in the FPSC majors matrix. Preference for fall enrollment in capstone seminars will be given to midshipmen who have completed at least four Political Science courses.

Comparative Politics Elective Courses

FP367  Politics of Russia and CIS

FP368  Comparative Asian Politics

FP369  Middle Eastern Politics

FP440  Politics of Central Europe

FP462  Special Topics in Comparative Politics

FP485/486 C, D New Course Offering Comparative Politics


*Political Science majors can take courses in any order with the exception of the three required courses. Midshipmen must enroll in FP210 or FP230, and FP220 during their 3/C year. FP471X is taken during 1/C year.

International Relations Concentration (FPSI)

Required Courses

FP210 International Relations

FP220 Political Science Methods

FP471X Capstone Seminar

In addition to the required courses above, each midshipman must complete seven courses within the Political Science discipline. Four courses are from within their area of concentration. Out of the remaining three courses, midshipmen must take two courses from the other two areas of concentration within Political Science, and one other Political Science elective. FP230 (Comparative Politics) can be taken as the free major elective, or as the free elective, in the FPSI majors matrix. Preference for fall enrollment in capstone seminars will be given to midshipmen who have completed at least four Political Science courses.

International Relations Elective Courses

FP310 Introduction to Global Strategic Studies

FP311 Ethics & International Relations

FP313 Science, Technology & Int’l Relations

FP314 Formulation of U.S. Foreign Policy

FP324 Latin American International Politics

FP335 Non-Democratic Politics

FP341 Political Psychology

FP356 Conflict and Peacekeeping

FP360 Middle East International Politics

FP370 Foreign Policy of Russia and CIS

FP371 Asian International Politics

FP384 Politics of Irregular Warfare

FP407 Intelligence and National Security

FP408 International Law

FP 421 National Security Policy

FP437 International Organizations

FP450 Int’l Political Economy

FP460 Class of 1960 Special Topics in Int’l Relations

FP461 Special Topics in Int’l Relations

FP485/486 I, H, New Course Offering in Int’l Relations

FP487A Olin Seminar in Security Decision-Making


*Political Science majors can take courses in any order with the exception of the three required courses. Midshipmen must enroll in FP210 or FP230, and FP220 during their 3/C year. FP471X is taken during 1/C year.

Please download the matrices document for more information.

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