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Political Science Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS) Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

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College of Liberal Arts | School of Public Policy


Options

Environmental Politics and Policy
International Affairs
Law, Politics and Society



Students selecting the Political Science major must complete 52 credits of political science course work, of which at least 36 credits must be upper-division courses. As part of these overall credit totals, Political Science majors must complete:

I. Three Foundation Courses

The school encourages students to take the foundation courses in their first or second year.

Students must take 3 out of 4 introductory courses from:
PS 201. *Introduction to United States Government and Politics (4)
PS 204. *Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
PS 205. *Introduction to International Relations (4)
PS 206. *Introduction to Political Thought (4)

Students who choose to specialize in one of the options for the major are required to take two of the introductory courses as specified for the option and can choose the third introductory course.

Prerequisites for upper-division political science courses are determined on a course-by-course basis by the appropriate instructor(s). Often, the corresponding introductory course is a prerequisite for an upper-division course in the same subfield. (For example, PS 201 Introduction to United States Government and Politics must be taken prior to enrolling in PS 321 American Constitutional Law.)

II. Methods/WIC

Students must take the designated Methods/WIC course for the major. The school encourages students to take the Methods/WIC course late in their second or early in their third year.

PS 300. ^Political Analysis (4)

III. Political Field Work Requirement

Either:
PS 406. Projects (2) and PS 410. Political Science Internship (2–12)

Or:
Petition the program in writing to accept other field political experience.

Students may take up to 12 credits of PS 410, Political Science Internship, but only 4 of these credits will count toward the Political Science major or minor. Credits over the 4-credit maximum may be applied toward general graduation requirements.

IV. Upper-Division Subfield Courses

A. For the general major, students must take:

One course each from at least three of the four following subfields:

  1. American national government and politics, to include the judiciary, state and local government, public policy, public administration: PS 317, 321, 322, 323, 326, 331, 371, 375, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 419, 425, 427 (pending approval #83333), 429, 455, 473, 475, 476, 477, or 478, 479.
  2. Comparative politics: PS 340, 341, 343, 344, 345, 348, 350, 446, or 449.
  3. International relations: PS 351, 454, 455, 456, 457, 458, 459, or 477.
  4. Political philosophy: PS 361, 362, 363, 365, 461, 462, or 469.

B. For the options, students will choose from a list of courses approved for the option.

V. Potential for Specialization

Students may choose a general political science major or may choose from one of three transcript-visible options:

  1. Environmental Politics and Policy
  2. International Affairs
  3. Law, Politics, and Society

VI. Additional Requirements for the Major

 

Footnotes:

* Bacc Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course


Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed - Signifies that the Major/Option can be completed thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

Major Code: 960

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