Chair: Fubing Su;
Professors: Richard Born, Andrew Davisona, Leah Haus, Katherine Hiteb, Zachariah Cherian Mampilly, Himadeep Muppidi, Sidney Plotkin, Stephen R. Rock, Fubing Su;
Associate Professors: Luke C. Harris;
Assistant Professor: Taneisha Meansb, Samson Okoth Opondo, Claire Sagan.
a On leave 2018/19, first semester
b On leave 2018/19, second semester
Political Science Major Advisers: The department.
ProgramsMajorCorrelate Sequence in Political Science
Four correlate sequences are available in political science: one each in American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, and Political Theory. 6 political science units are required to complete each sequence. With the approval of the sequence adviser, up to 2 units of political science credit transferred from outside Vassar may count toward the completion of the sequence. With the approval of the sequence adviser, a maximum of 1 unit of fieldwork may count toward completion of the sequence. Up to 1 unit of work elected NRO, taken before declaring a correlate sequence, may count toward completion of the sequence. After declaring a correlate sequence, no course elected NRO may count toward completion of the sequence.
CoursesPolitical Science: I. Introductory
The courses listed below are introductions to the discipline of political science: American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, and Political Theory. One introductory course is required of majors. No more than two introductory courses in different subfields may be counted towards the major. Except where otherwise noted, enrollment of juniors and seniors for 100-level courses by permission of the instructor only.Political Science: II. Intermediate
Prerequisite: Freshmen may take a 200-level course only with the permission of the instructor, which usually requires satisfactory completion of an introductory course. For sophomores, juniors, and seniors, an introductory course is recommended but not required.Political Science: II. Intermediate A. American PoliticsPolitical Science: II. Intermediate B. Comparative PoliticsPolitical Science: II. Intermediate C. International PoliticsPolitical Science: II. Intermediate D. Political TheoryPolitical Science: II. Intermediate: E. OtherPolitical Science: III. Advanced A. Optional Senior Thesis
Seminars in the 340s, 350s, 360s, and 370s are generally limited to twelve students and require permission of the instructor. Students taking seminars are expected to have taken relevant course-work at a lower level. The content of seminars can vary from year to year depending upon interests of students and instructors. Seminars might focus on topics too specialized to receive exhaustive treatment in lower-level courses; they might explore particular approaches to the discipline or particular methods of research; they might be concerned with especially difficult problems in political life, or be oriented toward a research project of the instructor. The thesis (POLI 300 , POLI 301 , POLI 302 ) and senior independent work (POLI 399 ) require permission of the instructor.
Political Science: III. Advanced B. American Politics SeminarsPolitical Science: III. Advanced C. Comparative Politics SeminarsPolitical Science: III. Advanced D. International Politics SeminarsPolitical Science: III. Advanced E. Political Theory SeminarsPolitical Science: III. Advanced F. Other