To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, students must complete 45 upper-level credits (including upper-level course work in the major) and maintain a cumulative and major GPA of 2.0. Students may count a maximum of 6 internship and 3 independent study credits toward the major. Students may also apply 3 credits from courses in other departments toward the major with prior approval from the department chair.
The political science program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as elective courses in political science for program majors and non-majors.
The political science curriculum has two central objectives. It offers the student a broad liberal arts education along with a comprehensive understanding of the nature and the functioning of the political process and government. It also provides a sound foundation for graduate study in political science, public administration and nonprofit management, or for careers that require knowledge of governance and the political process, such as law.
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
|General Education requirements (32-46 credits)||Credits|
|University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)|
|UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I||3|
|UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II||3|
|UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument||3|
|Approved humanities/fine arts||3|
|Approved natural/physical sciences||3-4|
|Approved quantitative literacy||3-4|
|Approved social/behavioral sciences||3-4|
|Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)|
|HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society||1|
|Approved H&S diverse and global communities||3|
|Approved H&S general education electives||6-8|
|Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)|
|Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)|
|Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)|
|Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts)||1-3|
|Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement)||0-8|
|Collateral requirements (6 credits)|
|Foreign language (201-level)||3|
|Foreign language (202-level)||3|
|Major requirements (33 credits)|
|POLI 103 U.S. Government (meets approved H&S human, social and political behavior requirement)|
|POLI/INTL 105 International Relations (meets approved H&S diverse and global communities requirement)|
|POLI 107 Political Theory||3|
|POLI 109 Comparative Politics||3|
|POLI 490 Senior Seminar||3|
|Concentration electives (choose four from list below)||12|
|Open electives (35-49 credits)|
|Total minimum requirement||120|
International relations concentration electives (choose four):
POLI/INTL 354 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
POLI/INTL 358 Concepts of Comparative Government
POLI/INTL 361 Issues in World Politics
POLI/INTL 363 U.S. Foreign Policy
POLI/INTL 365 International Political Economy
POLI 366/GSWS 366/INTL 368 Women and Global Politics
POLI 367/CRJS 367/HSEP 301 Terrorism
POLI/INTL 452 Seminar in the Politics of Developing Areas
POLI/INTL 468 Seminar on Comparative Foreign Policy
Political science electives (choose two from POLI offerings)
Political science majors can earn honors in political science. Students earn honors status when they complete POLI 490 Senior Seminar with an A grade and graduate with an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.3 GPA in political science.
Last update: 5/30/2013
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