Our political science program prompts you to answer controversial questions on basic democracy, power, citizenship, governance and rights.
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
The major in political science provides an understanding of political institutions and processes at the local, national, and international level. The curriculum exposes you to the major sub-fields of the discipline including American government, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy. Explore fundamental political concepts such as democracy, power, citizenship, governance, and rights, and acquire research skills to understand and analyze political phenomena around the world.
The program places an emphasis on the development of research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Become prepared for careers in a variety of fields including government, politics, international affairs, law, business, journalism, and education. Political science is an excellent undergraduate major if you plan on attending law school after graduation.
You have significant flexibility in designing a course of study based upon your areas of interest. Internships and study abroad opportunities are available.
Requirements for the Major:
Students are required to take 37 semester credits including:
PO 101 Introduction to Political Science (3 SH)
PO 110 American National Government (3 SH)
PS 204 Statistics (4 SH)
SS 334 Methods of Field Research (3 SH)
Political Science Group 1
Students are also required to take 24 semester credits from the following:
PO 201 Political Ideologies (3 SH)
PO 202 Public Policy (3 SH)
PO 205 State and Local Government (3 SH)
PO 210 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 SH)
PO 212 Comparative Politics (3 SH)
PO 214 International Relations (3 SH)
PO 310 European Politics (3 SH)
PO 311 Politics of Developing Countries (3 SH)
PO 320 Constitutional Law (3 SH)
PO 321 International Organization and Law (3 SH)
PO 330 Legislative Process (3 SH)
PO 331 Judicial Process (3 SH)
PO 333 American Presidency (3 SH)
PO 340 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3 SH)
PO 250/350/450 Internship in Political Science (1-3 SH)
PO 160/260/360 Individual Investigation in Political Science (1-3 SH)
PO 170-79/270-79/370-79 Special Topics in Political Science (1-3 SH)