Requirements for a Degree in Political Science

 

The Department of Political Science offers a major and minor in political science and advising in pre-law studies. The political science major is designed to prepare students for careers in national, state, and local governments, law, teaching, international service, and related fields. As a general liberal arts degree stressing critical thinking and communications skills, the political science bachelor's degree is also excellent preparation for many management training programs in business.

Graduation with a major in Political Science requires 124 hours, including the College of Arts and Letters general education curriculum and the following required coursework:

1.      PS 101 (American Government)

2.      PS 201 (Great Issues of Politics)

3.      PS 491 (Senior Capstone)

4.      At least one course from each of the four areas of Political Science

5.      Five more courses in at least two areas of Political Science.

6.      At least 18 hours in a minor field.

7.      Electives as needed to meet the 124 hours needed for graduation.

 

Click here for the Political Science Degree Plan.


Four Areas of Political Science:

1.      Theory and Methods: PS 321, 411, 412, 420, 421, 426

2.      American Politics: PS 301, 303, 304, 305, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409

3.      Global Politics: PS 330, 331, 350, 431, 432, 450, 451, 452, 456, 457, 458, 459

4.       Public Law and Administration: PS 370, 375, 380, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 480, 481, 485, 489