College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Political Science : Major/Minor

Major requirements
Courses required in major subject - grade earned must be C or better.

Three required courses:
POLS 110 American Politics (4 credits)
POLS 220 Perspectives on Political Science (2 credits)
POLS 230/SOCI Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistics (4 credits)

One course from each of the three following groups:

American Politics:
POLS 313 State and Local Politics (4 credits)
POLS 318 The Presidency (4 credits)
POLS 331 Parties and Elections (4 credits)
POLS 411 Bureaucracy (4 credits)

Political Thought:
POLS 120 Great Issues in Politics (4 credits)
POLS 340 Classical Political Theory (4 credits)
POLS 341 Modern Political Theory (4 credits)
POLS 346 American Political Thought (4 credits)

Comparative and International Politics:
POLS 251/351 European Politics (4 credits)
POLS 253 Dictatorship and Democracy (4 credits)
POLS 271 World Politics (4 credits)
POLS 282/382 Latin American Politics (4 credits)

Plus 14 additional semester hours in Political Science

Minor requirements
POLS 110 Introduction to American Politics (4 credits)
POLS 220 Perspectives on Political Science (2 credits)
POLS 120 Great Issues in Politics (4 credits)
or
POLS 271 World Politics (4 credits)

Plus 10 additional hours in Political Science

Political Science Major - Education Track
Students seeking to major in Political Science in preparation for a career in adolescent education (grades 7-12)
can combine a Political Science Education Track academic major with a minor in Education. The requirements
for a Political Science Education Track major are listed below.

Required Courses:
POLS 110 American Politics (4 credits)
POLS 220 Perspectives on Political Science (2 credits)
POLS 230 Intro Data Analysis and Statistics (Cross-listed as SOCI 230) (4 credits)
POLS 271 World Politics (4 credits)

ECON 201 Introduction to Economics and Markets (4 credits)
GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth (or GEOL 109 - The Physical World) (4 credits)

HIST 110 The Making of Europe (4 credits)
HIST 111 Modern Western History (4 credits)
HIST 211 US History I (4 credits)
HIST 212 US History II (4 credits)

At least one course from each of the following three groups: (Grade must be C or better).

American Politics:
POLS 313 State and Local Politics (4 credits)
POLS 318 The Presidency (4 credits)
POLS 331 Parties and Elections (4 credits)
POLS 411 Bureaucracy (4 credits)

Political Thought:
POLS 120 Great Issues in Politics (4 credits)
POLS 340 Classical Political Theory (Cross-listed as PHIL 340) (4 credits)
POLS 341 Modern Political Theory (Cross-listed as CRIT 341, PHIL 341) (4 credits)
POLS 346 American Political Thought (4 credits)


Additional Elective Courses Students May Choose to Complete the Major, Political Science Major with an Education Track, and Political Science Minor:

POLS 200 Special Topics
POLS 214 Politics and the Environment
POLS 232 Judicial Processes
POLS 236 Media and Politics
POLS 238 Politics and the Internet
POLS 242 Approaches to Law
POLS 246 Sex and the Body Politic (Cross-listed as WMST 246)
POLS 273/373 Terrorism and International Security
POLS 316 American Constitutional Law and Politics
POLS 355 Public Policy
POLS 356 Movements (Cross-listed as SOCI 356)
POLS 417 American Civil Liberties
POLS 431 Research Design and Strategies
POLS 347 Contemporary America
POLS 450 Independent Study
POLS 470 Field Work

Plus 4 additional credit hours in Political Science.

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