Why study Political Science at MC?

Political Science Program Overview

Would you enjoy working for a US political campaign? Do you want to learn more about global political issues, first-hand, while talking with local leaders in Africa, Asia and the European Community? Would you like to take US and international pre-law courses from faculty who manage moot court programs and Model United Nations programs? Or become the next student in our major to join the Peace Corps?

The Political Science (PLS) major at Maryville College prepares you for careers in a host of government, diplomatic, non-government, media and legal fields. Working with professors with professional experience in Washington DC and over two dozen nations around the works, PLS major students learn about political processes, institutions and the theories guiding governments around the world. They also learn how social and economic factors in those nations impact the daily work of government.

Politics comes alive in our major, providing skill sets students use to become successful interns in a host of US and global organizations, law firms and businesses. Our PLS majors have received public administration, law and public policy graduate degrees from among the best schools in the nation. They work for legislators in Nashville, Washington DC, and for leaders in a number of corners of the world. Come, and be our next political leader. The journey starts here, at Maryville College.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Meet a current student

Kalyn Carpenter ’19
Hometown: Granbury, Tex.

Kalyn plans to pursue law school following graduation. During summer 2016, she interned at a law firm in her hometown and was able to work on criminal and family law cases. “The fact that the classes in the Political Science Department are structured in a way that encourages debate and discussion forces you to look at new perspectives and think critically, which is endlessly helpful in the legal world,” she said. “Moreover, I feel that these discussions have allowed me to form a stronger perspective on current global issues and think of ways to solve these problems.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Brian Bush ’13
Currently: Attorney with Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office

Brian’s Senior Study was titled “Under One God, Yet
Separate: How the Jim Crow Laws Established the Parameters of Economic, Social, and Political Parity for African-Americans Today.” He credits the critical thinking and writing required for the project with preparing him for law school. Brian earned his J.D. from the University of Tennessee in May 2016. “Majoring in political science at Maryville College provided me with the tools I needed to go do great things after graduation,” he said. “Most importantly, the program challenged me to think critically about the world around me and how I could influence positive changes in it.”

Job Placements

Accenture
Apple, Inc.
Chattanooga CARES
Covenant Health
Community Alternatives to Prison Program
GEOCONEX
Helen Ross McNabb Center
IBM
Kimberly-Clark
Nielsen
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Graduate School Placements

Appalachian School of Law
East Tennessee State University, Archival Studies
Emory University, Masters of Business Administration
George Mason University School of Law
North Park University, Higher Education Administration
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Survey Research and Methodology
University of Tennessee College of Law
University of Tennessee, Master of Science in Social Work
Vrije University, Amsterdam, International Relations
Washington State University, Criminal Justice

Course Offerings

The Major in Political Science requires 46 hours in the principal and related fields. Required courses include:

PLS 121: Contemporary Political Issues (3 hrs.)
PLS 122: American Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 212: International Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 232: Public Policy (3 hrs.)
PLS 306: Political Philosophy (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
PLS 313: Regional Comparative Governments and Politics (3 hrs.)
     or
PLS 316: International Organizations and Law (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
PLS 321: American Political Process (3 hrs.)
     or
PLS 322: The Judicial Process (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
PLS 345: Environmental Politics (3 hrs.)
      or
PLS 349: Selected Topics in Political Science (3 hrs.)

 

PLS 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
ECN 201: Principles of Economics (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
MTH 221: Inferential Statistics (3 hrs.)
     or
MTH 222: Regression Analysis (3 hrs.)

SLS 301: Social Sciences Research Methods (3 hrs.)

One course selected from the following list:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hrs.)
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Political Science consists of 15 hours and includes:

PLS 121: Contemporary Political Issues (3 hrs.)
PLS 122: American Government and Politics (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
        or
PLS 212: International Politics (3 hrs.)

Six additional credit hours in political science courses

The Major in Political Science/History for Teacher Licensure leads to licensure in political science with a secondary emphasis in history. The track requires 39 hours in disciplinary courses and an additional 29 credit hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed under Education in this catalog.

Courses required include:

PLS 121: Contemporary Political Issues (3 hrs.)
PLS 122: American Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 212: International Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 321: American Political Process (3 hrs.)
PLS 322: The Judicial Process (3 hrs.)
PLS 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)

Courses required in history include:
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 242: World Civilization from Earliest Times to 1500 C.E. (3 hrs.)
HIS 251: Economic History of the United States (3 hrs.)

One course (3 credit hours) selected from the following list:
HIS 333: Studies in Asian History (3 hrs.)
HIS 334: Studies in Latin American History (3 hrs.)
HIS 335: Studies in African History (3 hrs.)

Additional courses in liberal studies include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.).

 

Students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)

Additional teaching endorsement in Geography may be earned through completion of the following courses:

SLS 201: Contemporary Global Issues (3 hrs.)

Two different WRC 370: World Cultures course (3 hrs each) (One of these courses may be used to fulfill the general education requirement for World Cultures)