Political Science

The B.A./B.S. in political science is not career specific. Political science graduates go to law school or to graduate school for further study in political science. Other career possibilities include government employment, business, teaching, and politics. They are required to be knowledgeable about the major paradigms in political theory, American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and fundamental research methods. The most important competency is the ability to think clearly and critically about politics.

Required courses in the major (36 sh)

  • PSCI 335 - Political Economy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 488 - Contemporary Ideas Hours: 3

Political Theory and Philosophy 2 courses from:

  • PSCI 332 - Democracy and Democratization Hours: 3
  • PSCI 410 - European Political Theory I Hours: 3
  • PSCI 411 - European Political Theory II Hours: 3
  • PSCI 412 - European Political Theory III Hours: 3
  • PSCI 414 - American Political Thought Hours: 3
  • PSCI 430 - Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements Hours: 3

Public Policy 2 courses from:

  • PSCI 342 - Introduction to Global Public Policy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 346 - Introduction to Public Policy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 437 - Foreign Policy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 442 - Constitutional Law Hours: 3
  • PSCI 443 - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Hours: 3

American Political Processes 2 courses from:

  • PSCI 342 - Introduction to Global Public Policy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 344 - American Political Parties and Electoral Politics Hours: 3
  • PSCI 345 - Public Opinion Hours: 3
  • PSCI 441 - Congressional Politics Hours: 3

Comparative Politics and International Relations 2 courses from:

  • PSCI 331 - European Political Systems Hours: 3
  • PSCI 332 - Democracy and Democratization Hours: 3
  • PSCI 333 - Non-European Political Systems Hours: 3
  • PSCI 415 - Introduction to Comparative Politics Hours: 3
  • PSCI 430 - Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements Hours: 3
  • PSCI 437 - Foreign Policy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 438 - International Relations Hours: 3

Electives within the major 2 courses from:

  • PSCI 222 - Introduction to Law Hours: 3
  • PSCI 332 - Democracy and Democratization Hours: 3
  • PSCI 333 - Non-European Political Systems Hours: 3
  • PSCI 410 - European Political Theory I Hours: 3
  • PSCI 411 - European Political Theory II Hours: 3
  • PSCI 412 - European Political Theory III Hours: 3
  • PSCI 414 - American Political Thought Hours: 3
  • PSCI 430 - Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements Hours: 3
  • PSCI 342 - Introduction to Global Public Policy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 346 - Introduction to Public Policy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 437 - Foreign Policy Hours: 3
  • PSCI 442 - Constitutional Law Hours: 3
  • PSCI 443 - Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Hours: 3
  • PSCI 344 - American Political Parties and Electoral Politics Hours: 3
  • PSCI 345 - Public Opinion Hours: 3
  • PSCI 441 - Congressional Politics Hours: 3
  • PSCI 341 - The American Presidency Hours: 3
  • PSCI 415 - Introduction to Comparative Politics Hours: 3
  • PSCI 438 - International Relations Hours: 3

Non-Language Course 1 from:

  • MATH 301 - Introductory Geometry Hours: 3
  • MATH 380 - Mathematics History Hours: 3
  • MATH 453 - Essentials of Statistics Hours: 3
  • PHIL 2303 - Logic Hours: 3
  • SOC 331 - Introduction to Social Research Hours: 3
  • LIBS 310 - Methods of Discovery Hours: 3