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Politics courses are designed to give students opportunities to develop both theoretical and practical understandings of the political world. Students are encouraged to develop analytic and evaluative skills that will enable them to investigate, understand, and explain political phenomena. The Politics curriculum also aims to foster informed and active participation in the political process.

Those who pursue the Politics major have the opportunity to study in the areas of American politics, political philosophy, comparative politics, and international relations. The senior thesis, required of all majors, involves writing a major research paper under the close supervision of a faculty member. Opportunities for interning in government and politics at the local, state, or national levels are available for qualified students with required academic preparation.

Politics majors find career opportunities in law, politics, public administration, planning, international organizations, foreign service, international management, journalism, teaching, research, social service, grass-roots activism, business, and government.

Requirements for the Politics Major (10 Credits)

Two credits are required at the 100 and 200 level. No more than four credits at the 100 and 200 level may count toward the major. If four credits are earned at the 100 and 200 levels, four credits are required in 300 level courses; if three credits are earned at the 100 and 200 levels, five credits are required in 300 level courses; if two credits are earned at the 100 and 200 levels, six credits are required in 300 level courses. Only one credit at the 100 level may count toward the major.

One course is required in each of the following three area concentrations of the major.

One course in Political Theory (1)

  • POLI 203 (AR) Themes in Political Theory
  • POLI 212 (TH) History of Western Political Philosophy
  • POLI 213 (W; IT) Writing Political Philosophy: Individuality and Community
  • POLI 301 Liberalism and Its Critics
  • POLI 303 (AR) Topics in Political Theory
  • POLI 304 (W; AR) Politics of Environmental Ethics
  • POLI 305 Modern Political Theory
  • POLI 306 Critical Theories of the Law
  • POLI 307 American Political Thought
  • POLI 311 (W; IT) Writing Political Humor
  • POLI 314 (AR) Politics and Religion in the United States
  • POLI 315 Topics in Politics

One course in American Politics (1)

One course in Comparative and International Politics (1)

  • POLI 214 (US) International Politics
  • POLI 216 (US) Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies
  • POLI 218 (US) Political Change in the Third World
  • POLI 315 Topics in Politics
  • POLI 326 (W) Globalization and Equity
  • POLI 362 Latin American Politics
  • POLI 369 Women and Politics
  • POLI 370 (W) Europe and the International System
  • POLI 372 American Foreign Policy
  • POLI 373 International Security and Cooperation
  • POLI 374 Asia and the International System
  • POLI/HIST 376 Latin American Revolutions [Crosslisted]
  • POLI 378 (W) Nations and the International System
  • POLI 380 Asian Politics and Development

One Capstone Course

  • POLI 480 (W) Senior Thesis is required of all majors (2)

At least six credits must be completed in residence at Willamette University. No more than three credits toward the major may be earned through off-campus programs, including AP credit and transfer credits, no more than one credit may be earned toward the major through internship and no more than .25 credit may be earned toward the major through POLI 061X Model United Nations.

Requirements for the Politics Minor (5 Credits)

Two credits are required at the 100–200 level. Three credits are required at the 300 level. Only one credit at the 100 level may count toward the minor. At least one course must be taken, at any level, in two of the three area concentrations: Political Theory; American Politics; and Comparative and International Politics. No more than one credit toward the minor may be earned through off-campus programs including AP credits and transfer credits. No credit in POLI 061X Model United Nations may count toward the minor.

Faculty

  • Sammy Basu, Associate Professor of Politics, Chair
  • Joe W. Bowersox, Dempsey Chair in Environmental Policy and Politics, Adjunct Professor of Politics
  • Rachel Carella, Visiting Assistant Instructor of Politics
  • Robert C. Dash, Professor of Politics
  • Richard J. Ellis, Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics
  • Greg Felker, Assistant Professor of Politics
  • David S. Gutterman, Assistant Professor of Politics
  • Robert E. Hawkinson, Adjunct Professor of Politics and Dean of Campus Life
  • Michael Marks, Professor of Politics
  • Melissa Buis Michaux, Associate Professor of Politics
  • Thomas Scales, Visiting Instructor of Politics

Course Listings

POLI 061X Model United Nations (.25)

Experience in research, preparation for and participation in Model United Nations. No more than .25 credit may be earned toward the major through POLI 061X.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Felker

POLI 119 (IT) Colloquium: Politics and Popular Culture (1)

This course examines the connections between politics and popular culture. It looks at how politics and popular culture have evolved over time. The course introduces students to theoretical writings on politics and culture and methodologies for reading cultural texts. Open to freshmen and sophomores only.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 120 (IT) Colloquium: Political Virtue: Good and Evil in Public Life (1)

This course will examine the changing conceptions of political virtue from the early Greeks to the late 20th-century. Topics include politics and happiness, the public good and changing notions of morality and ethics in political life. Open to freshmen and sophomores only.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Bowersox

POLI 121 (US) Colloquium: Work, Labor, Class (1)

This course examines the changing nature of work, labor, and class from early to "late" modernity. The course engages central debates regarding the political, economic, and cultural causes of change in the workplace, the labor force, and class formation. Service learning is required of students. Open to freshmen and sophomores only.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Dash

POLI 123 (AR) Colloquium: Citizenship and Apathy (1)

In contemporary politics, the phrase "self-government" appears to have lost its meaning for the average citizen who is increasingly less politically engaged and less socially active. This course examines the arguments about the political and social obligations of citizenship in democracies. We analyze the role of social capital and civic engagement in sustaining political life and consider the theories advanced to explain their decline. Open to freshman and sophomores only.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Michaux

POLI 124 (AR; W) Colloquium: Patriotism (1)

An intensive examination of the meaning of patriotism in the United States. Among the questions to be discussed are: What is the relationship between patriotism and nationalism? Is patriotism illiberal? What does it mean to be an American (or un-American)? Is America exceptional? How do individuals handle conflicting loyalties and identities: Does God come before country? Does family? Does the world? What is the meaning of disloyalty and how do we define and punish traitors? How does the nation attempt to make patriotic citizens? What is the origin of, and what continues to animate, our patriotic rituals such as the flag salute and pledge of allegiance? What do these rituals mean to people? The course will pay particular attention to the role of war in stimulating patriotic feelings in the wake of September 11, 2001. Writing-centered. Open to first year students only.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Ellis

POLI 125 (TH) Technology, Power, and Social Change (1)

Technology, Power, and Social Change is a thematic colloquium that explores how political and other forms of power interact with technology in processes of social change. It will explore alternate historical perspectives on the relationships between technology and power, considering such cases as the role of the stirrup, the printing press, the telegraph, or the railroad in political change around the world. It will also apply contending perspectives on power and technology to controversies surrounding the Internet, biotechnology, the cell phone, or other widely used technologies. Open to first and second year students only.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Felker

POLI 203 (AR) Themes in Political Theory (1)

This course examines central themes in the field of political theory. Students will examine such topics as the importance of order and authority, the tension between faith and reason, and the relationship between tradition and notions of progress through analysis of vital texts in the field of political theory. Emphasis will be placed on the interplay between such themes and contemporary political issues.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Gutterman, Basu

POLI 210 (US) American Politics (1)

This course reviews elements of American government in light of contemporary political issues, analyzes political processes through which public concerns are translated into public policies and develops analytical tools with which to examine American politics in its economic and social context. Closed to seniors except with consent of instructor.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Ellis, Hawkinson, Michaux

POLI 212 (TH) History of Western Political Philosophy (1)

This course studies selected authors in the history of Western political philosophy from Plato to Mill. Emphasis is placed upon the historically situated range of treatments of some of the fundamental theoretical and practical themes of political philosophy, including authority, justice, obligation, liberty, equality, property, revolution, order, progress and rights. Students will explore the interplay between such themes and ideas and the relevant historical, social or cultural contexts, before critically evaluating each philosopher’s handling of them. Closed to seniors except with consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Basu

POLI 213 (W; IT) Writing Political Philosophy: Individuality and Community (1)

This course examines relevant works of selected ancient and modern Western thinkers and analyzes different conceptions of individuality and community, the nature of their interactions and the implications for the contemporary evaluation of politics. Emphasis is also placed on the theory and practice of writing political philosophy. Open to freshmen and sophomores only.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Basu

POLI 214 (US) International Politics (1)

Analysis and evaluation of the contending paradigms that inform the study of international politics. Examination of the relevance of these paradigms for understanding the nature and dynamics of the contemporary international system with special emphasis on selected international issues, e.g., nationalism, race and gender, global political economy, human rights, international law, national security and the global environment. Closed to seniors except with consent of instructor.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Felker, Marks

POLI 216 (US) Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies (1)

Comparative examination of the processes of change that give rise to new patterns of political and social behavior in advanced industrial society; analysis of the causes of these changes and their impact on political, social and economic life in selected countries. Closed to seniors except with consent of instructor.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 218 (US) Political Change in the Third World (1)

Comparative study of politics, development and change in selected countries of the Third World; an examination of the respective roles of domestic factors and the international system in shaping Third World countries. Closed to seniors except with consent of instructor.

Mode of Inquiry: Understanding Society

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Dash

POLI 301 Liberalism and Its Critics (1)

This course analyzes the debates between liberalism’s defenders, including John Stuart Mill, Isaiah Berlin, Friedrich Hayek and Judith Shklar and liberalism’s critics, especially feminists, communitarians, Marxists and conservatives. The course engages these debates not only at the philosophical level but also at the level of public policy, including contemporary controversies over pornography, children’s rights, environmentalism, immigration, affirmative action and “hate speech.”

Prerequisite: One of 100 level POLI, POLI 203, POLI 212, POLI 213 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Ellis

POLI 303 (AR) Topics in Political Theory (1)

This course examines selected topics and themes in political theory, combining conceptual and normative analysis with applications to actual social and political institutions, processes and phenomena. Designation of specific topics will be made at the time of course offering.

Prerequisite: One of 100 level POLI, POLI 203, POLI 212, POLI 213 or consent of instructor

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values; Death Cluster

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Basu

POLI 304 (W; AR) Politics of Environmental Ethics (1)

Critical and in-depth analysis of the human/nature relationship, its impact upon political theory and ethics, as well as its larger ramifications for social and moral life generally.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values; Environmental Cluster

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Bowersox

POLI 305 Modern Political Theory (1)

This course examines selected modern political theorists from Kant to contemporary theorists. Designation of specific theorists will be made at the time of course offering.

Prerequisite: POLI 203, POLI 212, POLI 213 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Basu

POLI 306 Critical Theories of the Law (1)

An introduction to the thought and philosophy of American jurisprudence, with specific emphasis upon the influences of the social sciences and humanities on our critical understanding of the foundations, place and function of the law in American history and contemporary politics.

Prerequisite: One of 100 level POLI, POLI 203, POLI 210, POLI 212, POLI 213 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Bowersox

POLI 307 American Political Thought (1)

Survey of American political thought from the Puritans through Jefferson. Focus on the American founding and its legacies. Emphasis on primary sources.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Hawkinson

POLI 311 (IT; W) Writing Political Humor (1)

This course explores the possibilities and perils involved in writing political humor. It retraces the history of political humor from contemporary political cartoons and films to the Athenian Old Comedy of Aristophanes. Of particular interest is the shifting relationship between humorous discourse and the viability of democratic institutions, culture, and cognitive practices. Students will write political humor of their own in a variety of genres and "publish" these writings on-line. Not open to freshmen.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: One Politics class

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Basu

POLI 314 (AR) Politics and Religion in the United States (1)

Exploration of the vital and often contentious relationship between politics and religion in the United States. Topics include theories of justice, authority and morality, religious and American culture, contemporary public policy issues.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons, and Values

Prerequisite: One 100 level Politics course, POLI 203, POLI 210, POLI 212, POLI 213, or consent of instructor.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Gutterman

POLI 315 Topics in Politics (1)

This course enables faculty and students to focus on a specific topic in politics be it within or across the discipline's subfield. Topics will involve attention to some aspect of the interconnections between ideas, images, personalities, power, and institutions as these arise in the political, socio-economic, and cultural spheres. Designation of specific topic and relevant cases and theories will be made at the time of course offering.

Prerequisite: One Politics course at the 100/200 level or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

POLI 319 U.S. Welfare Policy (1)

This course examines the nature and development of welfare policy in the United States, analyzing both the philosophical underpinnings of social provision and the role of politics in shaping and changing the extent of that provision. In addition, we consider the most recent attempts to reform welfare, the obstacles to implementation of new policy, and the efforts of states to address poverty issues.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Michaux

POLI 326 (W) Globalization and Equity (1)

This course examines the complex process of globalization that is transforming contemporary politics, economics and culture. The course addresses the movements of political and cultural forms, people, knowledge, capital, technology and consumer goods across national boundaries; and analyzes their effects on state autonomy, public policy, political and cultural change and resistance and equity. Not open to freshmen.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: One 200 level Politics course

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Dash

POLI 330 Topics in Public Policy (1)

This course examines the American public policy process through a case study approach. Attention will be paid to issues of policy formation and implementation with a focus on the role of national and state institutions in altering policy outcomes. Case studies will vary but may include: tax and budget policy, crime, education, housing, health care, morality policies.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Michaux

POLI 334 Law and Public Policy (1)

This course examines the law in its social context and the extent to which law reflects social philosophy and public policy. It analyzes law in its formal setting — opinions, precedents and rules — and its informal setting — policy discretion and the political nature of juries and prisons. The course considers the impact of legal education on values and social responsibility.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Bowersox

POLI 337 Constitutional Law (1)

This course examines the development of the U.S. Constitution from 1803 to the present from the perspective of Supreme Court decisions. Primary emphasis is placed on the definition of and the priority among principles of limited government, the protection of private property, the promotion of commerce and individual liberty.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Bowersox, Staff

POLI 341 Environmental Policymaking: Politics and Process (1)

A comprehensive analysis of the internal and external influences of the environmental policy process, locally, nationally and globally. Students will explore issue formation, models of policy decision-making, risk perception and assessment, and the motivations and powers of various actors in the policy process.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Bowersox

POLI 343 Oregon and the Politics of the Pacific Northwest (1)

Comparative state politics of the Pacific Northwest with primary focus on Oregon and extensive use of state government resources in Salem. Topics include: historical institutional development and political culture, regional and subregional politics, state–federal relations, local governments, selected public policy areas, politics and parties, interest groups and movements.

Prerequisite: POLI 210

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Hawkinson, Ellis

POLI 345 Forest Ecology and Policy (1)

[Crosslisted with ENVR 345]

A case study approach to forests integrating forest policy and ecology. Using class and field instruction, students will design research projects that will emphasize the science and social science issues related to forest management. It is open only to seniors in Environmental Science or junior or seniors in Politics.

Prerequisite: POLI 210, BIOL 130 (or equivalent), and POLI 112, or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Arabas, Bowersox

POLI 351 (W) Women in American Politics (1)

[Crosslisted with WGS 351]

This course examines the full range of women's participation in American political life through voluntary organizations, social movements and electoral politics. We explore the relationship between the two strains of feminism that have motivated women to political action: difference feminism and equality feminism, and reflect on the uneasy alliance between the struggle for racial equality and gender equality. Contemporary "women's issues" are covered: abortion, welfare, and pay equity. More generally, this course raises questions about the theory of representation and the nature of American politics through the lens of women in politics.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Michaux

POLI 353 Parties, Elections and Campaigns (1)

This course explores the uneasy position of political parties in a constitutional system designed in part to thwart majority action and asks, to what extent do American political parties and elections enhance or obstruct democratic control of government? Topics include: The Founders' views of political faction and the development of a party system; the historical exclusion of women and African-Americans from party politics; and the role of parties today in shaping and governing political conflict. Finally, the course analyzes a variety of reform proposals from alternative "citizen" organizations to calls for proportional representation.

Prerequisite: POLI 210

  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Michaux

POLI 354 The American Presidency (1)

This course analyzes the American presidency. The primary focus is typically on the contemporary period, but the course also includes a substantial historical dimension. The particular presidencies studied will vary from year to year.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Ellis

POLI 358 American Political Development (1)

This course examines the development of American political culture and political institutions in the 19th and 20th centuries. Particular topics and questions vary from year to year.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Ellis, Michaux

POLI 362 Latin American Politics (1)

This course examines a range of topics, selected countries and a series of important readings dealing with Latin American political reality. Among the topics included are: caudillismo, political parties and populism, the military, state and regime types, ideologies, change and revolution, and underdevelopment and development. Not open to freshmen.

Prerequisite: One of POLI 214 or POLI 218 or LAS 251 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Dash

POLI 369 Women and Politics (1)

This course uses feminist theory to examine the international political economy, developmental models, political theory, nationalism, the state, political culture, war and immigration.

Prerequisite: One of POLI 214, POLI 216 or POLI 218 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

POLI 370 (W) Europe and the International System (1)

This course is designed to introduce students to politics and foreign policy in modern Europe. Special emphasis is placed on the evolving relationships among European countries in a rapidly changing international environment. Through lectures and discussions, students will explore the political, economic and security relations among European states and Europe’s interactions with the rest of the world. The course will also examine various theoretical approaches designed to explain the changing relationships among countries in post-Cold War Europe.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: POLI 214 or POLI 216 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 372 American Foreign Policy (1)

This course analyzes the substance and sources of American foreign policy since World War II and examines the complexity of interests and issues that affect U.S. relations with selected countries and regions.

Prerequisite: One of POLI 214, POLI 216 or POLI 218 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 373 International Security and Cooperation (1)

This course introduces students to various important theoretical approaches to the study of international security and cooperation. It also applies these approaches to empirical cases and concrete issues of international harmony and discord. Among the strategies of cooperation examined are strategic interaction and institution-building. These approaches will be analyzed in light of traditional theories that focus on military relationships and armed conflict. Special emphasis is placed on security and cooperation in the post-Cold War world.

Prerequisite: POLI 214 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Marks

POLI 374 Asia and the International System (1)

This course identifies the constant and variable factors that shape and influence the politics of selected Asian nations and which color these countries’ foreign policy choices and international postures within the region and the international system. Intraregional interaction and superpower involvement in the region will be examined within national, regional and global perspectives.

Prerequisite: POLI 214 or POLI 218 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Felker

POLI 376 Latin American Revolutions (1)

[Crosslisted with HIST 376]

This course examines selected 20th-century Latin American revolutions. Historical and comparative approaches to the causes and outcomes of revolution are used. Not open to freshmen.

Prerequisite: One of HIST 258 or POLI 362

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Dash

POLI 378 (W) Nations and the International System (1)

Examination of the processes of political, economic and cultural forces in the post-Cold War era and consideration of the reciprocal nature of change these forces unleash within and across national boundaries. Not open to freshmen.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: POLI 214 or POLI 218 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Felker

POLI 379 Latinos in U.S. Politics (1)

[Crosslisted with LAS 379]

This course looks at the role of Latino national origin groups in shaping state and national politics in the United States. It examines the political history, voting behavior, and non-electoral political mobilization of the three largest Latino groups in the United States -- Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban, and questions the degree to which it is useful to conceive of a single Latino politics and Latino community. The course also focuses on specific public policies of concern to Latinos, and it pays particular attention to the transnational hemispheric processes that link U.S. Latinos to their countries of origin. Not open to freshmen.

Prerequisite: One POLI 100 or 200 level course, or one 200 level LAS course or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Dash

POLI 380 Asian Politics and Development (1)

Comparative examination of political systems and political economies in Asia, including China, Japan, India, and select countries in Northeast, Southeast and South Asia. Explores key historical and contemporary controversies in Asian politics. Highlights similarities and contrasts in patterns of change in pursuit of an over-arching intellectual inquiry: to what extent, and in what ways, does Asia's experience reflect distinct forms of political and economics modernization?

Prerequisite: Any one of POLI 214, POLI 216, POLI 218; or one modern Asian societies (e.g. ANTH 233; HIST 118, HIST 282, HIST 381, HIST 383, HIST 445; JAPN 201); or instructor consent

  • Offering: Alternate falls
  • Instructor: Felker

POLI 390 Independent Study (variable credit)

Opportunity to conduct a major research project, which cannot be satisfied through any existing course in the department’s curriculum, under faculty supervision. Proposed projects must be submitted to the Department Chair and must be approved by the department faculty.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

POLI 396 Internship in Government and Politics (1)

Supervised internships in state and local government. Interns are placed only in positions which provide academic learning opportunities and the availability of such positions may be limited. A student is accepted for internship at the discretion of the instructor on the basis of demonstrated capabilities, including research and writing skills. Interns are expected to work 12 hours a week, meet regularly with the instructor, attend periodic seminars, and write a final research paper.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 and sophomore status

  • Offering: Spring of even-numbered years
  • Instructor: Michaux

POLI 398 Legislative Internship (1)

Supervised internships in the Oregon State Legislature. Interns are placed only in positions which provide academic learning opportunities and the availability of such positions may be limited. Students are admitted to the course by consent of the instructor and are selected on the basis of their demonstrated capabilities, including research and writing skills. Interns are expected to work 12 hours a week, meet regularly with the instructor, attend periodic seminars, and write a final research paper.

Prerequisite: POLI 210 and sophomore status

  • Offering: Spring of odd-numbered years
  • Instructor: Staff

POLI 480 (W) Senior Thesis (2)

The Senior Thesis is the capstone experience in the Politics major. It involves the writing of a major research paper under the close supervision of a faculty member. The paper is subject to multiple stages of criticism and rewriting. This process is intended to deepen students’ insights into different forms of inquiry, methods and literature; hone their skills of critical thinking; sharpen their abilities to analyze theory and test ideas through research; and ensure that their research designs and methodologies are effective and appropriate.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: A minimum of seven Politics credits, and three-credits at the 300 level, two of which must be completed in residence at Willamette; POLI 390, POLI 396 and POLI 398 do not count toward the three credit minimum

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff