All students who wish to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science must complete the following coursework. In completing this coursework, they will satisfy the University's core curriculum requirements.
Six hours (1301 and 1302 or suitable substitutes).
Six hours of English or modern and classical languages literature at the sophomore level or above.
Modern and Classical Languages
1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent.
Six hours (level of college algebra or higher; 1302 and 1308 are recommended).
Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).
Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.
Nine hours from any combination of courses from: social or cultural anthropology; archaeology; social/political/cultural geography; economics; criminal justice; psychology; sociology; women's studies courses cross-listed with these departments and/or Introduction to Women's Studies (WOMS 2310). This fulfills the Social/Cultural studies requirement.
Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for the degree.
36 hours to include 2311 and 2312; three hours in methodology (3310 or equivalent); three hours in political thought (3313, 4322, 4323, 4327, 4328, or 4329 or equivalent); and at least one course from any four of the five areas listed.
Area I Political Behavior and Processes: 3306, 3311, 3327, 4314, 4316, 4317, 4318, 4319, 4324, 4326, 4330, 4333, 4335.
Area II Comparative Politics: 3304, 3314, 3316, 3317, 3318, 3328, 4313, 4361, 4362, 4371.
Area III International Politics: 3329, 4312, 4334, 4336, 4355, 4360, 4365, 4370, 4372.
Area IV Public Law: 3330, 3331, 3333, 3334, 3335, 4331, 4332.
Area V Public Administration and Policy Studies: 3303, 3305, 3307, 3312, 4303, 4340, 4350, 4351, 4352, 4353.
Students majoring in Political Science will pursue this general course of study in the discipline AND they may declare a specific area of concentration by filing a statement of intent with the Political Science Department. The area of concentration will require that the student complete the requirements for the general degree plan while also fulfilling certain requirements for the concentration. All students will receive the B.A. in Political Science. Those completing the selected specialization will also receive recognition of completion.
The purpose of the specializations is to provide the student with a focused, systematic, and in-depth educational experience in the context of a broad liberal arts education. The areas of specialization are:
- Pre-Law: requiring a minimum of 9 hours in the Public Law area of Political Science, plus 9 hours of courses to be chosen from the following: COMM 3310, COMS 3305; CRCJ 4301, 4331; ENGL 4371; HIST 3317, 3318, 3319, 3320, 4350; PHIL 1301, 2311, 3320; SOCI 3313, 3357; BLAW 3311, 3312;
- Policy/Public Administration: requiring a minimum of 12 hours in the Policy/Public Administration area of Political Science
- International Studies: requiring a minimum of 12 hours in any combination of the Comparative Politics and International Politics areas of Political Science
- Political Behavior and Processes: requiring a minimum of 12 hours in the Political Behavior and Processes area of Political Science
18 hours, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.
120 hours, at least 36 of which must be 3000/4000 level.