Political Science Major

Capitol

The Political Science major consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours. The following courses are required for the major in Political Science.

  • POLS 120 The Government of the United States
  • POLS 130 Comparative Politics
  • POLS 240 Political Theory
  • POLS 493 Senior Seminar in Political Science


In addition to these courses, students select from one of the following concentrations:

  • General Political Science Concentration
    Students take an additional 18 credit hours from any of the courses offered in the department (including courses that would apply to the International Relations major).
     
  • Legal Studies Concentration
    Students take at least 15 of the remaining 18 credit hours needed for the major from the following:

    • POLS 140 The Field of Law
    • POLS 220 State and Local Politics in the United States
    • POLS 340 Constitutional Law I
    • POLS 341 Constitutional Law II
    • POLS 345 Judicial Process
    • POLS 380 Problems in International Relations
    • POLS 490 Seminar in Political Science (when topics are appropriate).
  • Public Policy and Public Administration Concentration
    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:

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    • POLS 220 State and Local Politics in the United States
    • POLS 260 Applied Research in Political Science
    • POLS 270 Voting Behavior
    • POLS 320 Politics of Urban and Metropolitan Areas
    • POLS 326 The Presidency
    • POLS 327 Congress
    • POLS 345 Problems in the Judicial Process
    • POLS 386 Internship in Political Science
    • POLS 400 Comparative Public Policy
    • POLS 401 Gender and Public Policy in Global Perspective
    • POLS 490 Seminar in Political Science (when topics are appropriate)