Political Science and Computer Science

<p>can anyone tell me how strong each of the programs is for Political Science and Computer Science?</p>

<p>Political science is one of the top 3 majors at Carleton. My daughter just declared this her major (with international relations). She's enjoyed all of the professors and will be doing a study abroad program (there are 3 Carleton offers related to political science - The Netherlands, China, and Washington DC). One of the benefits of the trimester system is that it is possible to do two off-campus programs. Excellent variety of course offerings.</p>

<p>I'm not as familiar with the computer science major, but I have heard it is a strong department also.</p>

<p>Thanks for the info :)</p>

<p>I've been looking at Carleton recently,and it seems to be creeping up to my first choice. :)</p>

<p>The political science department at Carleton is probably one of the strongest departments at Carleton; however, I am a bit biased. There are about two professors per sub-field within the department. I'm a freshman and I'm leaning towards political theory as my primary sub-field. The great thing about Carleton is that the student body is not large. Students can meet professors during their office hours and can conduct research or take independent courses through a professor.</p>

<p>Furthermore, the course selection within the poli sci department is fantastic. When I was accepted at other schools, I compared the course selections and Carleton's courses for poli sci were far superior. My father teaches at a graduate school and he thought that Carleton's courses in poli sci were almost graduate level.</p>

<p>fireflyscout, I know the large majority at Carleton study abroad but is it common to go for more than 1 term? Do most use Carleton's own programs or outside programs?</p>

<p>I don't know how common it is to do more than one term, just that it is possible and that students have done it. Carleton offers a very good variety of programs, which is obviously what the majority do, but other programs are promoted as well. As far as outside programs go, it is recommended that students do them in the fall so they will only miss one term, rather than in the spring when two terms will be missed.</p>

<p>Doing some calculations from the table posted lated in the first Word document uploaded at Carleton</a> College: Off Campus Studies: Off-Campus Studies Statistics, about 18% of those graduating in the class of 2007 did two or more off-campus programs. That's about twice as many as I would have guessed, actually. That document also says that 65% of the off-campus experiences were through Carleton programs.</p>

<p>Thanks for the info. The programs (and department) sound great.</p>