2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Major in Political Science (BA/BS)

42-50 credits

The political science curriculum incorporates a progression of required, core, elective, and capstone courses. Students are expected to have a foundation of required and core courses before taking elective and capstone courses, including internships. It is the personal responsibility of the student to complete the listed prerequisite of any course before registering for it. Please consult with the undergraduate advisor should there be any questions about the curriculum.

Capstone requirements:

To enroll in POLS 478, internship and UCC Tier 3 capstone option, students must have:

  • Declared an intent to complete the internship option upon completion of 60 credits

  • Met with the internship coordinator

  • Completed the Intern-Ready program

To enroll in POLS 404, senior thesis and UCC Tier 3 capstone option, students must have:

  • Declared intention to complete the thesis option upon completion of 60 credits

  • Met with thesis advisor

  • An approved thesis proposal

All students will be required to take the Major Field Exam in Political Science before graduation.


Required Courses

POLS 130American National Government

3

POLS 210Political Science Research Methods

3

Language requirement

3-11

The major requires intermediate proficiency in a major language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) or a major classical language (Latin) by earning advanced placement or enrolling in and passing one course at the 201 level or above. Modern language courses taught in English are excluded. To enroll in 201-level language courses, students must achieve appropriate placement scores or complete prerequisite 100-level courses.

Concentration 1: Political science, 33 credits

15 credits from

POLS 237State and Local Politics

3

POLS 280Comparative Political Systems

3

POLS 293International Relations

3

POLS 312Early Western Political Thought

3

or

POLS 313Modern Western Political Thought

3

POLS 342Problems in Public Policy

3

POLS 350Public Administration

3

Total Credit Hours:15

3 credits from senior capstone

POLS 478Practical Experience in Government, Politics, or Public Service

3 TO 6

POLS 404Senior Thesis in Government and Politics

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Students must select a senior capstone option upon completion of 60 total credits. 

15 credits from POLS (minimum of 12 credits in 300 and 400-level courses excluding 312, 342, 350, 404, 478)

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 42-50

Concentration 2: Economics, 33 credits

15 credits from

POLS 237State and Local Politics

3

POLS 280Comparative Political Systems

3

POLS 293International Relations

3

POLS 312Early Western Political Thought

3

or

POLS 313Modern Western Political Thought

3

POLS 342Problems in Public Policy

3

POLS 350Public Administration

3

Total Credit Hours:15

3 credits from senior capstone

POLS 404Senior Thesis in Government and Politics

3

POLS 478Practical Experience in Government, Politics, or Public Service

3 TO 6

Total Credit Hours:3

Students must select a senior capstone option upon completion of 60 total credits.

9 credits from any 300- and 400-level POLS electives (excluding 312, 342, 350, 404, 478)

Total Credit Hours:9

6 credits from

ECON 311Environmental Economics

3

ECON 331Labor Economics

3

ECON 345The Economics of Government Budgets

3

ECON 346Economic Analysis of Legal Issues

3

ECON 348Health Economics

3

ECON 351International Economics

3

ECON 370Industrial Organization

3

ECON 371Economics Games of Strategy

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 42-50

ECON 201, Elementary Microeconomics, is the prerequisite for each of the above ECON electives.

Concentration 3: International studies, 33 credits

15 credits from

POLS 280Comparative Political Systems

3

POLS 281Economic and Political Problems of Emerging Nations

3

POLS 290American Foreign Policy

3

POLS 293International Relations

3

POLS 312Early Western Political Thought

3

or

POLS 313Modern Western Political Thought

3

POLS 345National Defense Policy

3

Total Credit Hours:15

3 credits from senior capstone

POLS 404Senior Thesis in Government and Politics

3

POLS 478Practical Experience in Government, Politics, or Public Service

3 TO 6

or

EURO 369Professional Experience

3

or

EURO 479Practical Experience

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Students must select a senior capstone option upon completion of 60 total credits. 

15 credits from

POLS 384Politics in the British Isles

3

POLS 385Politics of the European Union

3

POLS 392The United Nations and International Organization

3

POLS 394International Relations in Asia

3

POLS 395Politics of the Global Economy

3

POLS 482Government and Politics of Western Europe

3

POLS 486Politics of Russia and the Successor States

3

POLS 488Government and Politics of China

3

POLS 490International Law

3

POLS 493World Politics

3

POLS 494Politics of Terrorism

3

POLS 495Foreign Policy of China

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 42-50