Things a Political Science Major Should Know About*
Spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the resources linked from this page.
The Major, and Your Time as a Student
á Not All Majors are Created Equal: See the report, Hard Times, from the Georgetown Center on Education & the Workforce. Implication: Poli Sci majors should have internships that impart working experience.
á University policy on plagiarism, also printed in the Student Handbook
á Here are ten examples of abstracts.
á A halfway humorous set of rules for writersÉ.
á Thinking about Graduate School?
á If you will need letters of recommendation, follow the advice offered here or here. There is a legal requirement that professors follow FERPA Guidelines. Go to the Student Life Documents page and get the Sample FERPA Release Form for Faculty.
á The PLU Library has an online subject guide for Political Science, courtesy of Amy Stewart-Mailhiot and Gail Egbers
The Discipline of Political Science
á A quick way to view the range of the discipline of political science is to browse the organized sections of the American Political Science Association.
á An aid to getting started in a topic in political science is to examine the chapters found in the Annual Review of Political Science. The topics vary from year to year, so browse the contents of the last several years. Many articles offer clear conceptual overviews of subfields and of emerging topics in the discipline. The full text of articles is available through our library article databases.
á The International Political Science Association maintains a gateway to the Top 300 Websites for Political Science
á A vast collection of data on many political and social science topics is available at the ICPSR. Familiarize yourself with what it offers.
á The Congressional Research Service researches many topics, but does not publish its reports. A network of groups tries to acquire and publish CRS reports. Find them at the Federation of American Scientists, at the National Council for Science and the Environment, and at Open CRS.
á The nice people at Truman
Major Fields in Political Science. The pages linked here offer starting places for studying politics, organized by major fields in the discipline.
á Public Policy (see also Law & Justice, below)
á Law, Justice (see also Public Policy, above)
á Comparative Government & Area Studies
Some political science faculty construct web pages on topics such as
á nuclear weapons and related issues
á the Politics of Food Safety
á The politics and science of human-induced climate change
Other Poli Sci Related Links
á The Brookings Institution is often called Òcenter-left,Ó meaning more Democrat than Republican but not ÒprogressiveÓ Democrat.
á The Tax Policy Center (joint product of Urban and Brookings) is THE place to go for information about taxes and related policies.
á If you want to see how Democrats see policy, go to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, or to the Progressive Policy Institute, or to the Economic Policy Institute. Partisan does not equal untrustworthy.
á Highly recommended, LtGen James Mattis' Reading List.
á Case studies from the Free Speech Debate website of Timothy Garton Ash.
Randy Newman wrote a song entitled ÒPolitical Science.Ó He still sings it, 40 years later.
*This page was assembled from suggestions made by the faculty members of PLUÕs Political Science Department.