Political Science BA

A major in political science consists of taking at least 41 semester hours in the discipline or related areas including the political science core.

Major Requirements

In addition to the core, students must complete 15 hours from the following list of electives:

POLS 111State and Local Politics

3

POLS 301Political Parties and Pressure Groups

3

POLS 328Internship in Political Science

variable

POLS 333Contemporary Political Ideologies

3

POLS 335American Constitutional Law

3

POLS 365Judicial Process

3

POLS 401Topics: Contemporary International Political Issues

3

POLS 404The Politics of Terrorism

3

POLS 420Topics: American Political Issues and Institutions

3

POLS 455Area Studies

3

Three of those hours may be completed by taking one of the following:

PBAD 210Municipal Administration

3

PBAD 305Public Policy

3

PBAD 350Administrative Law

3

PBAD 395Internship in Public Administration

variable

PBAD 490Topics in Public Administration

3

HIST 331American Foreign Policy

3

HIST 382American Society and Thought

3

HIST 385Selected Topics in Asian History

3

COMM 230Mass Media and the Law

3

FNCE 350Public Finance

3

SOCI 313Social Stratification

3

SOCI 355Society and Sexuality

3

PHIL 233Social and Political Thought

3

PBAD 395: three to six hours may apply toward the elective requirement

Students must also complete MATH 123 and a competency exam in political science.

Students are encouraged to develop individualized programs either accompanying the major or in place of the ordinary sequence of courses in the major, depending upon the student’s career goals or other future plans.

Political science majors planning to teach high school should consult the College of Education for licensure requirements.

Students preparing for law school should consult with the law and the liberal arts adviser.