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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Political Science


Brad E. Lockerbie, Chairperson, A-124 Brewster Building

BA in Political Science

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

  1. Foundations curriculum (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum.) - 42 s.h.
  2. Foreign language through level 1004 - 12 s.h.
  3. Core - 36 s.h.
    POLS 1010. National Government (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    Choose one from the following:
    POLS 2070. Introduction to Political Theory (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3031. Research Design for Political Science (3) (F)
    POLS 3042. American Politics Through Music (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3050. The Theory and Politics of Social and Protest Movements in the United States (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    Choose a minimum of 24 s.h. of POLS above 2999 to total 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. Foundations curriculum (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum.) - 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. No course counted for the major may count for the minor. 15 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.) - 51 s.h.
    American Government and Politics (9 s.h.):
    POLS 1010. American National Government (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3240. State and Local Government (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    POLS 3033. Voting Behavior and Public Opinion (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3035. American Political Parties and Politics (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3037. Campaigns and Elections (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3039. Black Politics in America (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3040. Women in Politics (3)
    POLS 3045. Humor in American Politics (3)
    POLS 3090. Religion and American Politics (3) (S)
    POLS 3202. The American Legislature (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3203. The American Executive (3) (F) (FC:SO) : POLS 1010 or consent of instructor.
    POLS 3204. The American Judiciary (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3223. Constitutional Powers (3) (S) : POLS 1010 or consent of instructor.
    POLS 3224. Civil Liberties (3) (S) : POLS 1010 or consent of instructor.
    POLS 3241. Urban Political Systems (3) (S)
    POLS 3243. Comparative State Politics (3) (SS)
    POLS 3244. North Carolina Politics (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 4321. Contemporary Southern Politics (3) (S)
    POLS 5000. American Government and Politics (3)
    Comparative Government and International Politics (9 s.h.):
    POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    POLS 3140. Politics of Globalization (3)
    POLS 3144. American Foreign Policy (3) (S) (RP: POLS 2020)
    POLS 3155. National Security Policy (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3232. The European Union (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3234. West European Political Systems (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3235. East European Political Systems (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3236. Russian Politics (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3260. Middle Eastern Political Systems (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3265. African Political Systems (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3270. Latin American Political Systems (3) (FC:SO) (S)
    POLS 3280. South Asian Political Systems (3) (SS)
    POLS 3282. East Asian Political Systems (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3290. Conflict and Peace in the Post-Cold War Era (3) (S)
    POLS 3291. Politics of Genocide in the Twentieth Century (3) (SS)
    POLS 3293. International Organizations (3) (F)
    POLS 3295. International Law (3) (S) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 3297. International Political Economy (3) (FC:SO)
    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) (FC:SO)
    POLS 4380. Topics in International Politics (3) (F) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 4382. Politics of Terrorism (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 4383. War in the Modern Age (3) (F)
    POLS 4384. Inter-American Relations (3) (SOY) (FC:SO)
    Political Theory, Methods, and Skills (9 s.h.):
    POLS 3031. Research Design for Political Science (3) (F)
    POLS 3032. Statistical Methods for Political Science (3) (S) RP: POLS 3031.
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    POLS 2070. Introduction to Political Theory (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3042. American Politics Through Music (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3050. The Theory and Politics of Social and Protest Movements in the United States (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    Public Administration and Public Policy (9 s.h.):
    Choose 3 s.h. from:
    POLS 3252. Public Administration (3) (SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3255. Domestic Public Policy (3) (S)
    Choose 6 s.h. from:
    POLS 3041. Women and Public Policy (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3242. Municipal Policy and Administration (3) (F)
    POLS 3252. Public Administration (3) (SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3253. Government Fiscal Administration (3) (S) (RP: POLS 1010)
    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) (FC:SO)
    Electives in Political Science (15 s.h.)
    Choose 15 s.h. from any of the fields above and from the following:
    POLS 3011. Political Issues (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3012. Politics Through Film (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3013. Decision Making in the United Nations (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3080. Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction (3) (S)
    Independent Study, Directed Readings, Internships, and Honors:
    Choose a maximum of 6 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, 4992. Internship in Public Administration (1,2) (F,S,SS)(only 3 hours of internships will count toward degree; see dept. chair for possible waiver to 6 hours)
    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. Cognates (Choose from the following.) - 3 s.h.
    ENGL 3810. Advanced Composition (3) (F,S) or ENGL 3820. Scientific Writing (3) (WI) (F,S) or ENGL 3880. Writing for Business and Industry (3) (F,S,SS)
  4. Minor - 24 s.h.
    Communication; computer science; management information systems; 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.

Public Administration Minor

Minimum requirement for public administration minor is 24 s.h. credit. Courses counted toward this minor may not count toward the requirements for a major in political science.
  1. Core - 9 s.h.
    MATH 2228. Elementary Statistical Methods I (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 1065 or equivalent) or ENGL 3880. Writing for Business and Industry (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (P: ENGL 1200)
    MIS 2223. Introduction to Computers (3) (F,S,SS) (Formerly DSCI 2223)
    POLS 3252. Public Administration (3) (FC:SO)
  2. Electives (Choose from the following.) - 15 s.h.
    GEOG 2410. Fundamentals of GIS (3)
    GEOG 3430. Geographic Information Systems I (3) (F,S) (P: GEOG 3410 or equivalent)
    PLAN3032. Planning Legislation and Administration (3) (WI) (S)
    PLAN 3051. Introduction to GIS in Planning (3) (F)
    POLS 3031. Research Design for Political Science (3) (F)
    POLS 3041. Women and Public Policy (3) (FC:SO) (P: POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 3240. State and Local Government (3) (FC:SO) (P: POLS 1010 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 3241. Urban Political Systems (3) (S)
    POLS 3242. Municipal Policy and Administration (3)
    POLS 3253. Government Fiscal Administration (3) (S) (RP: POLS 1010)
    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) (FC: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) (FC:SO)

Political Science Minor

Minimum requirement for political science minor is 24 s.h. of credit as follows:
  1. Core - 9 s.h.
    POLS 1010. National Government (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Choose from the following - 3 s.h.
    POLS 2070. Introduction to Political Theory (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3031. Research Design for Political Science (3) (F)
    POLS 3042. American Politics Through Music (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3050. The Theory and Politics of Social and Protest Movements in the United States (3) (S) (FC:SO)
  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 - 6 s.h.
    POLS 2010. Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    POLS 2020. Introduction to International Relations (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Electives (Choose from the following.) - 18 s.h.
    POLS 3013 Decision Making in the United Nations (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3140. Politics of Globalization (3)
    POLS 3144. American Foreign Policy (3) (S) (RP: POLS 2020)
    POLS 3155. National Security Policy (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3232. The European Union (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3234. West European Political Systems (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3235. East European Political Systems (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3236. Russian Politics (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3257. International Environmental Policy (3) (S)
    POLS 3260. Middle Eastern Political Systems (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3265. African Political Systems (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3270. Latin-American Political Systems (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3290. Conflict and Peace in the Post-Cold War Era (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3291. Politics of Genocide in the Twentieth Century (3) (SS)
    POLS 3293. International Organizations (3)
    POLS 3295. International Law (3) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 3297. International Political Economy (3) (FC:SO)
    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) (FC:SO)
    POLS 4380. Topics in International Politics (3) (F) (P: POLS 2020 or consent of instructor)
    POLS 4382. Politics of Terrorism (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 4383. War in the Modern Age (3)
    POLS 4384. Inter-American Relations (3) (SOY) (FC:SO)

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.