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Examining Events that Shape the World

POLITICAL SCIENCE

The political science major offers a course of studies tailored to the needs of prospective Air Force officers by providing a comprehensive understanding of both the substance and process of politics and public policy.

This major is uniquely capable of preparing cadets to comprehend the political events, both domestic and international, that will shape their careers. Cadets will examine topics such as political theories and ideologies, comparative politics, international relations, American politics, international security, defense decision-making, the politics of foreign governments, organizational behavior and political economy.

The political science major is very flexible, allowing cadets to study areas in-depth or to examine a variety of political topics. Additionally, cadets minoring in a foreign language can take three of the five required upper-level (200-level or above) language courses within the political science major. A philosophy minor can also be earned with minimal extra classes.

The Political Science major offers four areas of concentration:

  • American politics
  • International relations
  • Comparative politics and area studies
  • National security policy.

Cadets can also work with an advisor to tailor a program to meet their individual needs.

SAMPLE COURSES
  • International Security: Political Violence and Terrorism
  • Regime Change: Coups, Revolutions and Democratization
  • U.S. National Space Policy
  • Politics of Latin America
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Chem 200

ECE 315

Econ 201

English 211

EngrMech 220

History 300

Law 220

MSS 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

SocSci 212

STS E/S Opt

Aero Engr 315

BehSci 310

Biology 315

Math 300

Philos 310

Pol Sci 300

Pol Sci 301

Pol Sci 302

Pol Sci Basket

Pol Sci Basket

Pol Sci Opt

Pol Sci Opt

Academy Opt

AstroEngr310

English 411

Mgt 400

MSS 415/416

Pol Sci 491

Pol Sci Basket

Pol Sci Opt

Pol Sci Opt

SocSci/Hum Opt

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

CONTACT US

Col Cheryl Kearney
Department Head
cheryl.kearney@usafa.edu
(719) 333-2745

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