Political Studies examines political values, interests, institutions, power and the processes of governing. Courses explore these questions using a variety of methodological approaches.
Pitzer Advisers: W. Barndt, G. Herrera, H. Liu, A. Pantoja, S. Snowiss, L. Tongun, R. VanSickle-Ward.
Political Studies consists of four sub-fields: Political Philosophy examines the history of political concepts such as authority, law, freedom, rights, equality, justice, and the state; Comparative Politics develops criteria for comparing the domestic politics and policies of countries throughout the world, including the U.S.A.; Global Politics examines relationships between and among nation-states, as well as the emergence of transnational forces that increasingly give shape to a global political system; U.S. Politics examines politics and public policy in the U.S.A., including Latino, African American and Asian American politics.
AP Credit: AP courses in the field of politics and government with a score of 5 may be counted toward graduation, but not toward fulfilling the requirements of the major.
Political Studies Minor