DEGREE PROGRAMS
SECTION 7
 
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DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Richard C. Kearney, Chairperson, A-124 Brewster Building

BA IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

1.
General education (See Section 6, Undergraduate Studies, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs.).
42 s.h.
2.
Foreign language through level 1004.
12 s.h.
3.
Core.
POLS 1010. National Government (3) (F,S,SS)  (GE:SO)
POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S) (GE:SO)
POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S) (GE:SO)
Choose a minimum of 24 s.h. of POLS above 2999, one of which should be from:
POLS 2070. Introduction to Political Theory (3) (F,S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3031. Introduction to Behavioral Methodology (3) (F) (GE:SO)
POLS 3370. American Political Thought (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 4371. Western Political Thought I: Moses to Montesquieu (3) (RP: POLS 2070)
POLS 4373. Western Political Thought II: Rousseau to Camus (3) (F) (RP: POLS 2070)
Choose POLS electives to total 36 s.h.
36 s.h.
4.
Minor and electives to complete requirements for graduation.  

BS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

1.
General education (See Section 6, Undergraduate Studies, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs.).
42 s.h.
2.
Core: Specific required courses and elective courses in each of the following categories, with a minimum of 27 s.h. above 2999. (Courses may count for only one category, except for where specifically cross listed. No course counted for the major may count for the minor. 3 s.h. are free POLS electives. A maximum of 6 s.h. from POLS 4501, 4502, 4521, 4522, 4981, 4982, 4991, 4992 may count toward any degree program offered by the political science department.)   May substitute for courses in any of the areas below with the approval of the dept chair 
American Government and Politics (12 s.h.):
POLS 1010. American National Government (3) (F,S,SS)
Choose 9 s.h. from:
POLS 3011. Political Issues (3)
POLS 3012. Politics Through Film (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3033. Voting Behavior and Public Opinion (3) (F)
POLS 3035. American Political Parties and Politics (3) (F)
POLS 3039. Black Politics in America (3) (F)
POLS 3040. Women in Politics (3) (P:POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
POLS 3144. American Foreign Policy (3) (S) (RP: POLS 2020)
POLS 3202. The American Legislature (3) (S)
POLS 3203. The American Executive (3) (F)
POLS 3204. The American Judiciary (3) (F)
POLS 3223. Constitutional Powers (3) (S)
POLS 3224. Civil Liberties (3) (S)
POLS 3240. State and Local Government (3) (F,S)
POLS 3241. Urban Political Systems (3) (S)
POLS 3243. Comparative State Politics (3) (SS)
POLS 4321. Contemporary Southern Politics (3) (S)
POLS 5000. American Government and Politics (3) (F,S,SS)
Comparative Government and International Politics (12 s.h.):
POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S,SS)
POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S,SS)
Choose 6 s.h. from:
POLS 3012. Politics Through Film (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3144. American Foreign Policy (3) (S) (RP: POLS 2020)
POLS 3234. West European Political Systems (3) (F)
POLS 3235. East European Political Systems (3) (F)
POLS 3236. The Soviet Successor States (3) (S)
POLS 3265. African Political Systems (3) (S)
POLS 3270. Latin American Political Systems (3) (S)
POLS 3280. South Asian Political Systems (3) (SS)
POLS 3290. Conflict and Peace in the Post-Cold War Era (3) (S)
POLS 3293. International Organizations (3) (F)
POLS 3295. International Law (3) (S) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)
POLS 4000. Political Leadership (3) (S) (P: 12 s.h. in POLS or consent of instructor)
POLS 4107. Topics in Comparative Politics (3) (S) (P: 12 s.h. in comparative government or politics or consent of instructor.)
POLS 4360. Politics of Developing Areas (3) (F)
POLS 4380. Topics in International Politics (3) (F) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)
POLS 4383. War in the Modern Age (3) (F)
Political Theory, Methods, and Skills (9 s.h.):
POLS 2000. Computer Applications for Political Science (3) (F,S)
POLS 2070. Introduction to Political Theory (3) (F,S)
Choose 3 s.h. from:
POLS 3033. Voting Behavior and Public Opinion (3) (F)
POLS 3370. American Political Thought (3) (S)
POLS 4371. Western Political Thought 1: Moses to Montesquieu (3) (S) (RP: POLS 2070)
POLS 4373. Western Political Thought 2: Rousseau to Camus (3) (F) (RP: POLS 2070)
Public Administration and Public Policy (12 s.h.):
POLS 3252. Public Administration (3) (SS)
POLS 3255. Domestic Public Policy (3) (S)
Choose 6 s.h. from:
POLS 3041. Women and Public Policy (3) (S) (P: POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
POLS 3240. State and Local Government (3) (F,S)
POLS 3242. Municipal Policy and Administration (3) (F)
POLS 3253. Government Fiscal Administration (3) (S) (RP: POLS 3241)
POLS 3254. Governmental Personnel Administration (3) (S) (RP: POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
POLS 3256. Environmental Politics (3) (F)
POLS 3257. International Environmental Policy (3) (S) (P:POLS 3256 or consent of instructor)
POLS 4310. Public Policy and the Media (3) (S)
Independent Study, Directed Readings, Internships, and Honors (May substitute for courses in any of the above areas with the approval of the dept chair.)
Choose a maximum of 3 s.h. from one of the following course groups:
POLS 4501, 4502. Independent Study in Political Science (1,2) (WI, WI) (F,S,SS) (P: Consent of dept chair
POLS 4521, 4522. Directed Readings in Political Science (1,2) (F,S,SS) (P: Consent of dept chair)
POLS 4981, 4982. Internship in Practical Politics (1,2) (F,S,SS)
POLS 4991. Internship in Public Administration (1) (F,S,SS) and 4992. Internship in Public Administration (2) (F,S,SS)
Or choose a maximum of 6 s.h. of honors from:
POLS 4551. Honors (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (Open to POLS majors who have been invited to participate in the Honors Program)
POLS 4552. Honors (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (Open only to POLS majors who have a minimum grade of B in POLS 4551)
3 s.h. POLS Elective
48 s.h.
3.
Cognates (Choose from the following.).
ENGL 3810. Advanced Composition (3) (F,S,SS) or ENGL 3820. Scientific Writing (3) (F,S,SS) or ENGL 3860. Introduction to Nonfiction Writing (3) (F,S) or ENGL 3880 Writing for Business and Industry (3) (F,S,SS)
MATH 2228. Elementary Statistical Methods I (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 1065 or equivalent) or MATH 2283. Statistics for Business (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 1065 or 1066 or equivalent)
6 s.h.
4.
Minor.
Communication; computer science; decision sciences; economics; ethnic studies; geography; history; industrial technology; information processing; international studies; recreation and leisure studies; military science; planning; psychology; public history; sociology; statistics; women's studies; or any other appropriate minor with consent of the dept chair.
24 s.h.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MINOR

Minimum requirement for public administration minor is 27 s.h. credit. Courses counted toward this minor may not count toward the requirements for a major in political science.

1.
Core.
MATH 3228. Elementary Statistical Methods I (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 1065) or ENGL 3880. Writing for Business and Industry (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
POLS 2000. Computer Applications for Political Science (3) (F,S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3252. Public Administration (GE:SO)
9 s.h.
2.
Electives (Choose from the following.) .
PLAN 3000. Urban Planning (3) (F,SS)
POLS 3031. Introduction to Behavioral Methodology (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3041. Women and Public Policy (3)  (GE:SC) (P: POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
POLS 3202. The American Legislature (3) (F) (GE:SO)
POLS 3203. The American Executive (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3204. The American Judiciary (3) (F) (GE:SO)
POLS 3241. Urban Political Systems (3) (S)
POLS 3242. Municipal Policy and Administration (3)
POLS 3243. Comparative State Politics (3) (SS)
POLS 3253. Government Fiscal Administration (3) (S) (RP: POLS 1010)
POLS 3254. Governmental Personnel Administration (3) (RP: POLS 3252 or consent of instructor)
POLS 3255. Domestic Public Policy (3) (S)
POLS 3256. Environmental Politics (3) (F)
POLS 3257. International Environmental Policy (3) (S) 
POLS 4310. Public Policy and the Media (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 4991. Internship in Public Administration (1) (F,S,SS) (P: Consent of instructor)
POLS 4992. Internship in Public Administration (2) (F,S,SS) (P: Consent of instructor)
PSYC 3241. Personnel and Industrial Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO)
18 s.h.

POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR

Minimum requirement for political science minor is 24 s.h. credit as follows:

1.
Core.
POLS 1010. National Government (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO)
POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO)
POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO)
9 s.h.
2.
Choose from the following.
POLS 2070. Introduction to Political Theory (3) (F,S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3031. Introduction to Behavioral Methodology (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3370. American Political Thought (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 4371. Western Political Thought I: Moses to Montesquieu (3) (RP: POLS 2070)
POLS 4373. Western Political Thought II: Rousseau to Camus (3) (F) (RP: POLS 2070)
3 s.h.
3.
POLS electives above 2999.
12 s.h.

COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS MINOR

Minimum requirement for comparative government and international relations minor is 24 s.h. of credit.  Courses counted toward this minor may not count toward the requirements for a major in political science.

1.
Core.
POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO)
POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S,SS) (GE:SO)
6 s.h.
2.
Electives (Choose from the following.).
POLS 3144. American Foreign Policy (3) (S) (RP: POLS 2020)
POLS 3234. West European Political Systems (3) (F) (GE:SO)
POLS 3235. East European Political Systems (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3236. The Soviet Successor States (3) (F) (GE:SO)
POLS 3257. International Environmental Policy (3) (S)
POLS 3265. African Political Systems (3) (S) (GE:SO)
POLS 3270. Latin-American Political Systems (3) (S)
POLS 3293. International Organizations (3)
POLS 3295. International Law (3) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)
POLS 4107. Topics in Comparative Politics (3) (S) (P: 12 s.h. in comparative government and politics courses or consent of instructor)
POLS 4360. Politics of Developing Areas (3) (GE:SO)
POLS 4380. Topics in International Politics (3) (F) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)
POLS 4383. War in the Modern Age (3)
18 s.h.

POLITICAL SCIENCE HONORS PROGRAM

Participation in the honors program is by invitation only and is limited to seniors who have obtained a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA.  A minimum grade of B on POLS 4551 is a prerequisite for admission to POLS 4552. Students completing both segments of the program with a minimum grade of B earn the recognition honors in political science on their academic records and are regarded as the most accomplished scholars among all political science majors.


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