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Political Science

Students who choose the political science major can concentrate in three separate areas: general political science, legal studies, or public policy and public administration.

Foundations

B.A. students in political science at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical-thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions. General-education requirements for the B.A. (.pdf) ยป

Requirements for the Major

POLS 120 The Government of the United States 3 credits
POLS 130 Comparative Politics 3 credits
POLS 240 Political Theory 3 credits
POLS 493 Senior Seminar in Political Science 3 credits
One concentration from the following options:

  • Legal Studies Concentration
  • Public Policy and Administration Concentration
  • General Political Science
18 credits
TOTAL 30 credits     

Concentration Requirements
At least 15 credits from the following options:
  • POLS 170 The Field of Law
  • POLS 261 State and Local Politics in the United States
  • POLS 271 The Judicial Process
  • POLS 352 Model United Nations
  • POLS 371 Constitutional Law I
  • POLS 372 Constitutional Law II
  • POLS 386 Internship in Political Science
  • POLS 390 Topics, Political Science
  • POLS 450 International Regimes and Global Governance
  • POLS 490 Advance Topics, Political Science
15 credits
Three additional political science credits 3 credits
TOTAL 18 credits             

Concentration Requirements
POLS 360 Public Administration 3 credits
POLS 361 Public Policy 3 credits

At least nine credits from the following options:

  • POLS 210 Research Methods in Political Science
  • POLS 221 Political Behavior
  • POLS 261 State and Local Politics
  • POLS 271 The Judicial Process
  • POLS 320 Politics of Urban Areas
  • POLS 326 The Presidency
  • POLS 327 Congress
  • POLS 342 Political Ideologies
  • POLS 386 Internship in Political Science
  • POLS 390 Topics, Political Science
  • POLS 437 Comparative Public Policy
  • POLS 438 Gender and Public Policy in Global Perspective
  • POLS 490 Advance Topics, Political Science
9 credits
Three additional political science credits  3 credits
TOTAL 18 credits          

Concentration Requirements
Eighteen credits of political science courses 18 credits
TOTAL 18 credits