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Political Theory

Through the study of Political Theory, students will gain a historical and theoretical understanding of a wide variety of texts, historical events, and experiences.

Political Theory courses provide students with a framework from which to understand the world in which they live. In addition, students will develop their ability to think critically about their own traditions, practices, and norms. Examples include: the parliamentary system, freedom of the press, elections, democracy, oligarchy, tyranny, war, nationalism, and internationalism.

Learning activities

Courses in Political Theory provide students with a range of learning activities, including explanatory and discursive lectures, student presentation of interpretative and research papers, class discussion, and independent library research.


To learn more about Political Theory courses, please visit the Political Science section of the University Calendar. To find out which courses are being offered in upcoming semesters, please visit the Department of Political Science Courses page.

As the textual archive and historical context of western political philosophy is so immense, and the approaches of course directors are so varied, students are also advised to discuss particular course offerings with individual instructors.

Poli 213 - Political Ideologies Poli 411 - Recent Political Thought
Poli 310 - History of Political Thought     Poli 413 - Politics and Literature
Poli 406 - Greek Love and Wisdom Poli 503 - Selected Topics in Political Theory
Poli 407 - Classical Political Thought Poli 505 - Sexual Ethics
Poli 408 - Modern Freedom and Morality Poli 515 - Advanced History of Political Thought
Poli 409 - Modern Political Thought

Student Advising

See the  Department of Political Science Student Advising page for more information on student advising.