Political Science (B.A.)
The B.A. degree emphasizes a traditional liberal arts education including a 16-credit foreign language requirement. Political Science majors must have a minimum of 36 credits in Political Science courses with at least 18 of those credits coming in upper-division courses. The course work also includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), the general requirements for the B.A. degree, and:
|Political Science Core Requirements|
|POLS 101||American National Government||3|
|POLS 235||Political Research Methods and Approaches||3|
|Select three introductory courses:||9|
|Introduction to Comparative Politics|
|Introduction to Political Philosophy|
|Introduction to American Politics and Policy|
|Introduction to International Politics|
|POLS 490||Senior Experience (Requires Senior standing or 24 credit hours in political science.)||3|
|Additional Political Science Upper Division Requirements|
|Select 18 credits from the following areas: 1||18|
|American Political Institutions & Behavior|
|The Judicial Process|
|American Political Parties and Elections|
|American Political Culture|
|Federalism in Practice|
|Public Opinion and Political Behavior|
|Public Administration and Public Policy|
|American Foreign Policy|
|Politics of the Environment|
|Natural Resource Policy|
|International and Comparative Politics|
|Introduction to Asian Politics|
|Politics, Policy and Gender|
|International Organizations and International Law|
|Genes and Justice: Comparative Biotechnology Policy Formation|
|World Politics and War|
|Politics of Development|
|Political Violence and Revolution|
|History of Political Philosophy I|
|History of Political Philosophy II|
|American Political Thought|
|Contemporary Political Ethics|
|Upper-Division Related Fields|
|Select 20 credits from related fields 2||20|
Courses to total 120 credits for this degree
Students may focus their interests in political science by choosing among courses in the following core areas. The allocation of those courses is subject to the approval of the faculty advisor. A maximum of 6 credits of political science internship and/or directed study courses may be counted toward meeting these political science credit requirements.
Courses chosen depending on student interest in consultation with your advisor.
- Display the ability to ask and answer political questions.
- Identify value conflicts in public issues.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills about politics and public life.
- Recognize the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of citizenship in a diverse society.
- Demonstrate writing and speaking proficiency.
- Demonstrate the ability to ask and answer political questions.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills and an ability to engage in effective argumentation.
- Demonstrate an ability to give effective oral presentations.