For all Students
Events and Opportunities: See this page for more information on:
- Public Policy Lectures;
- sending students to the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA);
- the Political Science email list.
Department Policies: See this page for more information on:
- Declaring under 2016 or 2017 Requirements;
- Enrollment Priority Policy criteria;
- Policy Regarding Transfer Of Credits For Political Science;
- AP/IB Credit Policy; and
- Political Science Policy on Interdisciplinary Ad Hoc Majors.
Political Science LibGuide: The library maintains a site that many students may find useful. It includes:
- starting resources for a Literature Review;
- additional E-Collections that students may find useful;
- statistical data, spatial data, and other documents;
- useful news sources;
- important reference works; and
- additional research links.
For all Majors
To become a senior in Political Science, a student must pass the department junior examination, which consists of writing two critical essays. Each of the two critical essays should be about 1,500 words in length. Students will be expected to write their examinations over any seventy-two hour period of their choosing – from pick-up to submission – during an eighteen-day window that begins on the Friday immediately before Spring break and ends two weeks after the Monday of Spring break. (The equivalent schedule will apply in the Fall for Fall-semester second-semester juniors.) Examinations will be picked up and submitted electronically, and compliance with the seventy-two hour time-frame will be monitored and certified by the department’s administrative coordinator. For more information, see the Junior Qual page.
The Thesis Guide
Many resources are available for seniors writing theses in political science, including the Political Science Senior Thesis Handbook; we recommend that seniors also look at the general resources offered by the CIS thesis page and the Reed Senior Handbook (PDF). A list of past theses in political science are available from the Reed College Library Catalog.
The Center for Life Beyond Reed
This site has a number of resources on graduate and professional school and other career exploration, internship, and job search tools. An archived copy of information on popular graduate school and career choices for Reed graduates who majored in Political Science, including names and contact information for several alumni volunteers who majored in Political Science, is available on archive.org
The Alumni Directory
Search the alumni directory by major to see where recent graduates are. For example, you can search for Political Science graduates in the last decade who have a post-graduate degree or are currently grad students.