Political Science Major

The political science major is a flexible one, consisting of 33 credit hours with at least a 2.0 GPA It is organized around the various subfields of political science but also allows substantial concentration in an area of interest to the student. It culminates in an integrating seminar.

Students interested in pursuing a legal career will find the political science major emphasizes the development of skills, such as critical thinking and writing, necessary for entering and completing law school. Students may also consider completing the Legal Studies Certificate or the Business Certificate to supplement their interest in law.

Learning Objectives and Goals

Graduates of the program will:

1. Understand the fundamental importance of membership in the human polity (comprehension).

2. Identify the major ideas and theories and their application to political movements, structures, and institutions in the United States and other countries (empirical).

3. Develop skills necessary to communicate and evaluate the implications of qualitative and quantitative information relevant to the study and practice of politics (applied)

4. Develop the ability to make connections between theory and practice, between global and local events, and between political science and other disciplines (analytical/integrative)

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Degree Requirements

Political Science Major (33 credits)

Required Courses

POL 1000 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits
POL 2100 American Politics 3 credits
POL 2600 Introduction to Comparative Politics OR 3 credits or
POL 2510 International Relations 3 credits
POL 3800 Elements of Political Thought
(or other approved theory course)
3 credits
POL 4990 Senior Seminar 3 credits
STA 2250 Statistics 3 credits
POL Political Science Electives 15 credits

The 15 elective credits required to complete the major may be organized into areas of concentration or may be selected from all areas. The suggested areas of concentration are: Concentrations

Judicial Studies and Law

POL 2010 Introduction to Law and the Judiciary 3 credits
POL 2020 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 credits
POL 2030 Topics in Legal Issues 3 credits
POL 2040 Tort Law 3 credits
POL 2800 Legal Research 3 credits
POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law 3 credits
POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality 3 credits
POL 3510 International Law 3 credits
POL 3100 Women and Politics 3 credits

American Studies and Theory

POL 2050 Political Fiction 3 credits
POL 2100 American Politics 3 credits
POL 3100 Women and Politics 3 credits
POL 3220 Public Policy Analysis 3 credits
POL 3300 Government and the Economy 3 credits
POL 3390 Issues in Public Policy 3 credits
POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law 3 credits
POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality 3 credits
POL 3860 Politics and the Media 3 credits

International and Comparative Politics

POL 2520 Foreign Policy of the United States 3 credits
POL 3250 Comparative Administrative Systems 3 credits
POL 4530 Japanese Politics 3 credits
POL 4540 International Law 3 credits
POL 4570 International Political Economy 3 credits
POL 4600 European Politics 3 credits
POL 4610 Russian Politics 3 credits
POL 4630 Third World Politics 3 credits
POL 4660 Chinese Politics 3 credits
POL 4670 Politics in Africa 3 credits

Public Administration

POL 3200 Public Administration 3 credits
POL 3230 Personnel Management & Labor Relations 3 credits
POL 3240 Government Budgeting 3 credits
POL 3250 Comparative Administrative Systems 3 credits
POL 3300 Government and the Economy 3 credits
POL 3390 Issues in Public Policy 3 credits
POL 3420 American Constitution and Public Law 3 credits
POL 3470 Administrative Law 3 credits

Other electives, workshops, internships and independent studies are listed in the Courses section of this catalog.