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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 through the study of power, conflict, and government and an examination of the actors, institutions, and behaviors that influence them in the national and international context.

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, civil-military relations, the politics of foreign governments, organizational behavior and international 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 can earn any of the minors offered at USAFA (foreign language, philosophy, nuclear weapons and strategy, or religion studies) with a Political Science major and two or fewer additional courses.

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 or Cyber Security 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

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

 

Chem/Physics/Bio

Econ 201

English 211

Engr Mech 220

Law 220

MSS 251

Chem/Physics/Bio

Pol Sci 211

Soc Sci 212

Math 300

Adv STEM option

Aero Engr 315

ECE 315

Philos 310

Pol Sci 300

Pol Sci 301

Pol Sci 302

Pol Sci 394

History 300

Pol Sci Basket

Pol Sci Basket

Pol Sci Basket

Astro Engr 310

Advanced sociocultural option

Advanced open option

Pol Sci 491

Pol Sci Basket

Pol Sci Opt

Pol Sci Opt

Pol Sci Opt

Pol Sci Opt

Pol Sci 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) 333-2270

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