Areas of Study: Concentrations

senateMajor. A minimum of 30 credit hours in political science constitutes a major.

 

The following are required of all Majors:

  • POLS 120 The Government of the United States

  • POLS 130 Comparative Politics

  • POLS 240 Political Theory

  • POLS 493 Senior Seminar in Political Science

Students can then select an additional 18 hours from any of the courses offered in the department, or choose one of the following concentrations:

International Relations and Comparative Politics
In addition to the 12 hours required of all majors, students are required to take

  • POLS 230 International Relations

and at least 12 of the remaining 15 hours needed for the major from the following:

  • POLS 335 Problems of Developing States

  • POLS 330 Politics of Industrialized States

  • POLS 380 Problems in International Relations
    (American Foreign Policy, International Law, Peace and Social Justice)

  • POLS 490 Seminar in Political Science when topics are appropriate

Legal Studies
In addition to the 12 hours required of all majors, students take at least 15 of the remaining 18 hours needed for the major from the following:

  • POLS 140 The Field of Law

  • POLS 340 Constitutional Law I

  • POLS 341 Constitutional Law II

  • POLS 345 Problems in the Judicial Process

  • POLS 380 Problems in International Relations
    (International Law)

  • POLS 490 Seminar in Political Science when topics are appropriate.

Public Policy and Public Administration
In addition to the 12 hours required of all majors, students are required to take:

  • POLS 360 Public Administration

  • POLS 361 Public Policy

and at least 9 of the remaining 12 credits from the following courses:

  • POLS 220 State and Local Politics in the United States

  • POLS 260 Applied Research in Political Science

  • POLS 493 Senior Seminar in Political Science

  • POLS 326 The Presidency

  • POLS 327 Congress

  • POLS 345 Problems in the Judicial Process

  • POLS 386 Internship in Political Science

  • POLS 490 Seminar in Political Science when topics are appropriate

MINOR: A minimum of 18 credit hours in political science constitutes a minor.

General Political Science
The following courses are required for the general political science minor:

  • POLS 120 The Government of the United States

  • POLS 130 Comparative Politics

Students can then select an additional 12 hours from any of the courses offered in the department, or choose one of the following concentrations:

International Relations
The following courses are required for the international concentration:

  • POLS 130 Comparative Politics

  • POLS 230 International Relations

Students can then select 12 additional hours from the following:

  • POLS 335 Problems of Developing States

  • POLS 330 Politics of Industrialized States

  • POLS 380 Problems in International Relations
    (American Foreign Policy, International Law, Peace and Social Justice)

  • POLS 490 Seminar in Political Science when topics are appropriate

Legal Studies
The following courses are required of the legal studies concentration minor:

  • POLS 120 The Government of the United States

  • POLS 130 Comparative Politics

Students can then select 12 additional hours from the following:

  • POLS 140 The Field of Law

  • POLS 340 Constitutional Law I

  • POLS 341 Constitutional Law II

  • POLS 345 Problems in the Judicial Process

  • POLS 380 Problems in International Relations
    (International Law)

  • POLS 490 Seminar in Political Science when topics are appropriate

Public Policy and Public Administration.Students are required to take the following for this concentration:

  • POLS 120 The Government of the United States

  • POLS 220 State and Local Politics in the United States

  • POLS 360 Public Administration

  • POLS 361 Public Policy

For the remaining 6 credits students may select from the following courses:

  • POLS 260 Applied Research in Political Science

  • POLS 493 Senior Seminar in Political Science

  • POLS 326 The Presidency

  • POLS 327 Congress

  • POLS 345 Problems in the Judicial Process

  • POLS 386 Internship in Political Science

  • POLS 490 Seminar in Political Science when topics are appropriate