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
Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).
Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre
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
Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for the
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, 4334, 4336, 4355, 4360, 4365, 4370.
Area IV Public Law: 3330, 3331, 3333, 3334,
3335, 4331, 4332.
Area V Public Administration and Policy Studies:
3303, 3305, 3307, 3312, 4303, 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
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;
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
•Political Behavior and Processes: requiring a minimum of 12
hours in the Political Behavior and Processes area of Political
18 hours, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.
120 hours, at least 36 of which must be 3000/4000 level.