The department's learning outcomes for political science majors are as follows:

  •  Students will be able to summarize fundamental components of knowledge that have developed in relation to areas of political theory, American government, comparative politics, and international relations.
  •  Students will recognize and explain the fundamental ideas and constitutional principles that have shaped the American Republic, as well as the institutions and behaviors that provide the setting and substance of American politics.
  •  Students will recognize and explain the basic ideas, problems and processes of comparative politics and international relations relative to issues of Western and non-Western political development, different forms of national government, and foreign policy behaviors relative to a global economy.
  •  Students will use and apply the Style Manual of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in conjunction with their research and writing skills associated with the creation of credible political science projects.

A major in political science comprises 33 political science semester hours with the requirement that the student complete:

  • at least two courses in American Government
  • two courses from Comparative Government and International Relations
  • one Political Thought course
  • a capstone course

This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students enroll in 16 hours per semester.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Foreign Language Requirement8
Natural Science7
Social Science 1560 Fulfills 3 credit hours of Social Science requirement3
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Major Requirements
POL 1560American Government3
Optional Class
Introduction to Political Science (Social Science/Social and Personal Awareness)
American Government
Select one of the following:3
American Presidency
American Legislative Process
Law and Society
American Constitutional Law
American Political Parties and Elections
Moot Court 1
African-American Politics
Political Behavior
American Public Opinion
Health Care Policy
American Public Policy and Policy Analysis
Public Management
Urban Government
State and Local Government
Public Budgeting
Individualized Study
Aging and Social Policy
Public Administration and the Political Process
Sustainability, Climate Change, and Society
Select Problems, American Government
Public Human Resource Management
Political Thought
Select one of the following:3
Political Thought 1
Political Thought 2
Political Thought 3
Select Problems, Political Thought
Contemporary and International
Select two of the following:6
Contemporary World Governments (Social Science/Social and Personal Awareness)
International Relations
Model United Nations
Russia and China: From Revolution to Reform
Political Development and Political Regimes
European Politics
Latin American Politics
International Political Economy
United States Foreign Policy
International Law
International Organizations
Asian Politics
International Conflict
Select Problems of Global Affairs
Global Environmental Policy and Law
Capstone Course
POL 4801Senior Research Seminar3
Additional Required Hours
Select a minimum of 15 s.h. (total 33 s.h. in Political Science).15
Electives 24-29 s.h.24
Minor Requirements18
Total Semester Hours120
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
POL 1560 American Government 3
Arts and Humanities 15XX/26XX 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
POL 2640 Contemporary World Governments 3
POL 2660 International Relations 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
POL 37XX Domestic Politics 3
POL 37XX Dom. or Intl. 3
Minor 15XX/26XX 3
Natural Sience 15XX/26XX 3
Social Science 15XX/26XX 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
POL 37XX Dom. or Intl 3
POL 37XX Dom. or Intl 3
Minor 15XX/26XX 3
Natural Science + Lab 15XX/2600 4
Social and Personal Awareness 15XX/26XX 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
Fall
POL 3785
Political Thought 1
or Political Thought 2
or Political Thought 3
3
POL 37XX Dom. or Intl 3
Minor 37XX 3
Minor 37XX 3
Arts and Humanities 15XX/26XX 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
POL 37XX Dom or Intl 3
POL 37XX Dom on Intl 3
Minor 37XX 3
Minor 37XX 3
GER Elective 15XX/26XX AH, NS, SS, SPA 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
POL 37XX 3
Minor 37XX 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
POL 4801 Senior Research Seminar 3
Minor 37XX 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours120