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Political Science, Philosophy and Geography

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The Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography offers majors in political science and philosophy, and minors in political science, philosophy, geography, pre-law, an peace and human rights. Political science majors pursue careers in:

  • Government
  • Public administration
  • Law
  • Public service
  • Business

Students often link their Political Science major to disciplines such as Communication Studies, Economics, Business, Public Administration or Computer Science to create double majors or to serve as minors. The geography minor offers an opportunity to learn more about physical habitats - rural and urban - and how geographical factors influence social and economic systems. The philosophy and peace and human rights minors explore fundamental issues related to the human condition and the study of social, political and religious thought.

Chair:
Nicole Krassas
Webb Hall Rm. 327
(860) 465-5034
(860) 465-0650
Secretary:
Brenda Schiavetti
Webb Hall Rm. 326
(860) 465-4594
(860) 465-0650
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Programs of Study

  • Eastern’s Political Science major combines a core of political science courses with an internship or study abroad requirement to provide professional and analytical skills. Students gain an understanding of domestic and international political processes through classroom discussion; guest speakers and special events; political debates; and a review of current political issues. The major includes a track for students seeking certification to teach high school social studies. A Political Science minor is also available to other majors.

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  • The Philosophy major at Eastern gives students the tools to address any issue regarding our lives as human beings with critical openness, creativity and intellectual rigor.  The program focuses on the development of autonomous, creative and critical thinking through courses such as Global Ethics, Philosophical Perspectives, Phenomenology and Feminist Philosophies. Students are also introduced to non-western philosophical traditions through courses such as Asian Philosophies and Buddhist Philosophy.  A Philosophy minor is available to non-Philosophy majors.

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  • The Geography minor familiarizes students with the globe and spatial distributions of phenomena ranging from capital to technology and disease. Students learn about physical habitats - rural and urban - and how geographical factors influence social and economic systems.

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  • The Peace and Human Rights minor explores fundamental issues related to the human condition and the study of social, political and religious thought. Students are encouraged to think critically and to broadly explore contemporary issues related to peace and human rights.

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  • The Pre-Law minor prepares students for the Law School Admissions Test and strengthens their skills in areas needed for success in law school, including critical thinking, logical reasoning and effective writing. Students receive a background in the nature, workings and justification of the law.

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