The department offers a program of study that leads either to a Bachelor of Arts degree or to a minor. Students begin their concentration by choosing three basic courses that define the discipline and its major fields of interest, then advance to more specialized study in the field areas. The department provides a Writing Center to help undergraduates become better writers and the Political Science Computer Classroom, which enables students and faculty, to conduct research and analysis via computers and the Internet. Faculty provide opportunities for individual, supervised study, through research fellowships, independent reading/research, and optional senior theses. Students gain practical experience through internships, service learning, and field work for employment after completion of the baccalaureate degree.