Major Requirements

Students majoring in political science complete 48 hours in specified course work. Drawing together ideas from economics, psychology, biology, sociology, philosophy, and history, the political science major complements the liberal arts cur ­ riculum. Students can choose to focus on public policy and administration, comparative politics, international relations, American government, pre-law, or can tailor their own unique study experience by selecting some combination of all five areas. Real-life international experiences with internship, study abroad, or simulations supple­ ment classroom study.

Major Requirements: Political Science (BA)

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

Introduction Courses
Select one of the following:

POLS 103: Global Realities
POLS 111: Introduction to Political Science
POLS 112: Introduction to American Government
4
Political Theory
Select one of the following:

POLS 204: Introduction to Feminist Political Thought
POLS 205: Introduction to Political Theory
POLS 239: American Political Thought
4
Political Science subfields
POLS 307: The Presidency and the American Political System
POLS 308: Elections in American Politics
POLS 315: Politics in the Media
POLS 337: American Legislative Process
4
POLS 206: Introduction to Comparative Politics 4
POLS 210: Introduction to International Relations 4
POLS 343: Public Administration 4
Methodology
POLS 265: Research Methods
4
Electives
Four electives, with at least 12 credits from 300+ level courses
16

Pre-LawTrack*

Select four of the five courses:
POLS 239:American Political Thought
POLS 371: Constitutional Law I: The Federal System
POLS 372:Constitutional Law II: Substantive Rights
POLS 345:International Law and Organizations
POLS 373:Conflict Management

4

Senior Integrative Experience

POLS 499:Senior Seminar

4
Total 48

*Electives are not applicable if the Pre-Law Trackis chosen
* Pre-Law Track is not applicableif the Electivessection is chosen

 

Minor Requirements: Political Science

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

Select one of the following:
POLS 103: Global Realities
POLS 111: Introduction to Political Science
4
Select one of the following:
POLS 205: Introduction to Political Theory
POLS 239: American Political Thought
4
Political Science Elective 4
Two Political Science electives at the 300/400 level 8
Total 20