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

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 cr.
POL 2020 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 cr.
POL 2030 Topics in Legal Issues 3 cr.
POL 2040 Tort Law 3 cr.
POL 2800 Legal Research 3 cr.
POL 3420 American Constitution & public Law 3 cr.
POL 3460 Civil Liberties and Equality 3 cr.
POL 3100 Women and Politics 3 cr.
POL 3510 International Law 3 cr.

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

International and Comparative Politics
POL2520 Foreign Policy of the United States 3 cr.
POL 3250 Comparative Administrative Systems 3 cr.
POL 4530 Japanese Politics 3 cr.
POL 4540 International Law 3 cr.
POL 4570 International Political Economy 3 cr.
POL 4600 European Politics 3 cr.
POL 4610 Russian Politics 3 cr.
POL 4630 Third World Politics 3 cr.
POL 4660 Chinese Politics 3 cr.
POL 4670 Politics in Africa 3 cr.

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

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