The Political Theory concentration offers students an understanding of the principles, concepts, norms, and assumptions that inform public policy. Students consider the meaning of justice and the nature and source of legitimate authority. The concentration offers a strong undergraduate preparation for entry into advanced degree programs, public service, private institutions, and political organizations.

Pathway for BA Students

Year 1

Fall
First Year Writing I
Seminar for Freshmen
GVT-110
GVT-115

Spring
First Year Writing II
Ethical & Philosophical Inquiry Core Requirement
Math Core Requirement
GVT-120

Summer
Elective
Elective
Elective

Year 2

Fall
GVT-201
GVT-275
Language Core Requirement 1
Literature Core Requirement

Spring
GVT-276
GVT Elective 1
Language Core Requirement 2
Creativity & Innovation Core Requirement

Summer
Elective
Elective
Elective

Year 3

Fall
GVT-501
Theory (PHIL or GVT)
STE Core Requirement
Elective
Elective

Spring
Social, Cultural & Global Perspectives GVT Elective 2
GVT Elective 3
Humanities/VPATH Core Requirement
STE Core Requirement

Summer
Elective
Elective

Pathway for BS Students

Year 1

Fall
First Year Writing I
Seminar for Freshmen
GVT-110
GVT-115

Spring
First Year Writing II
Ethical & Philosophical Inquiry Core Requirement
Math Core Requirement
GVT-120

Summer
Elective
Elective
Elective

Year 2

Fall
Quantitative Reasoning Core Requirement: GVT-201
GVT-275
Literature Core Requirement
Humanities Core Requirement

Spring
GVT-276
GVT Elective 1
Language Requirement
Creativity & Innovation Core Requirement

Summer
Elective
Elective
Elective

Year 3

Fall
GVT-501
Theory (PHIL or GVT)
STE Core Requirement
Elective
Elective

Spring
Social, Cultural & Global Perspectives GVT Elective 2
GVT Elective 3
VPATH Core Requirement
STE Core Requirement

Summer
Elective
Elective