Political Science Major Requirement

Political scientists describe and analyze governing processes in local communities, nation states and world forums. Students of politics and government use historical investigation, statistical reasoning, philosophical inquiry and behavioral studies to better understand the forces that shape the political life of human communities. Through the study of political science, students considering employment in law, public service, international service, public administration, business and industry, teaching and journalism discover ideas and insights that both enrich their personal lives and strengthen their competencies for their chosen careers.

Major in Political Science

30 semester hours

Required:

•  POL 125: Introduction to Politics and Government
•  POL 344: Research Methods
•  POL 409: Senior Capstone Experience

Choose remaining hours from:

•  POL 200: Introduction to Political Philosophy
•  POL 221: Global Politics
•  POL 227: American National Government
•  POL 235: The Constitution and the Structure of Government: Struggles for Power
•  POL 236: Criminal Procedure and Individual Rights
•  POL 237: Local U.S. Government
•  POL 240: African Politics
•  POL 250: Latin American Politics
•  POL 263: European Politics
•  POL 293: Introduction to Canada
•  POL 304: Congress
•  POL 310: Politics and History of East Asia
•  POL 313: National Security Investigations
•  POL 315: Art and Espionage: The Morality of Spying in Film and Literature
•  POL 322: Parties, Interest Groups and Elections
•  POL 323: Political Culture
•  POL 324: American Foreign Policy
•  POL 344: Research Methods  
•  POL 361: Model United Nations I
•  POL 362: Model United Nations II
•  POL 376: Global Issues I: War and Peace
•  POL 377: Global Issues II: Human Rights and Social Justice
•  POL 379: Global Issues: Political Development
•  POL 380: Topics in the Study of Politics and Government
•  POL 383: Politics and History of the Middle East
•  POL 389: Intelligence Operations
•  POL 403: New Approaches to Politics and Government
•  POL 475, 476: Honors Course

Study abroad and the Washington Semester program are strongly recommended for all majors.


Minor in Political Science

18 semester hours

Required:

•  POL 125: Introduction to Politics and Government or POL 221: Global Politics
•  POL 344: Research Methods  

Choose one of the following:

•  POL 240: African Politics
•  POL 263: European Politics
•  POL 293: Introduction to Canada
•  POL 383: Politics and History of the Middle East

Choose one of the following:

•  POL 323: Political Culture
•  POL 376: Global Issues I: War and Peace
•  POL 377: Global Issues II: Human Rights and Social Justice
•  POL 379: Global Issues: Political Development

Plus choose six additional Political Science semester hours.

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