2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science (B.A.)


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Political Science majors complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree: 49-51 credits of core courses (see page 45 ), 32-37 elective credits, and 37 credits in their major. Majors take one introductory course at the 100-level, three foundation courses at the 200-level, a seven credit sequence of Skills for Success courses in the junior and senior years, and six elective credits at the 200-level and above.

Major Requirements


Gateway to Political Science (3 credits)


Take one of the following two courses; the other course will not count for the major.

Political Theory Foundation (3 credits)


Take one of the following two courses; the other course may count as an elective for the major:

American Government Foundation (3 credits)


Every major will take the following course:

International Relations and Comparative Politics Foundation (3 credits)


Take one of the following two courses; the other course may count as an elective for the major:

Skills for Success (7 credits)


Every major will take the following three courses:

Electives (18 credits)


In addition to the required courses listed above, majors will take six additional Political Science courses at the 200-level or above.

Concentrations


The major does not require a concentration.  Majors in Political Science may, however, take either of two concentrations:  Political Science, American Government and Public Law (B.A.)   or Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration (B.A.) .  To complete a concentration, four of the six electives for the major (12 out of the 18 elective credits) must be taken from the list of courses for the concentration chosen.

Degree Plan


Degree Plan for Political Science (B.A.)
 
Fall
Spring
First Year
 
 
UNV101: University Seminar I (3 credits) &
FYT100: First Year Transitions (1 credit)
X
 
POL115: The American Political System (3 credits) or POL120: How to Rule the World: Intro to International Relations (3 credits)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
POL Elective (3 credits)
 
X
UNV102: University Seminar II (3 credits)
 
X
Second Year
 
 
RTS225: Quest for the Ultimate (3 credits) or
PHL225: Quest for the Good Life (3 credits) (one each semester)
X
X
POL211: International Relations & Diplomacy or Core Course (3 credits)
X
 
POL201: Classical Political Philosophy or Core Course (3 credits)
X
 
POL Elective (3 credits)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
POL240: Comparative Politics or Core Course (3 credits)
 
X
POL202: Modern Political Philosophy or Core Course (3 credits)
 
X
Elective (3 credits)
 
X
Third Year
 
 
POL Elective (3 credits)
X
X
POL215: American Government: Classic and Contemporary Readings
(3 credits)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
POL372: Seminar in Research and Methodology (3 credits)
 
X
Fourth Year
 
 
POL400: Guided Research Capstone (3 credits)
X
 
POL Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
 
X
POL402: Multi-Media Research Application Capstone (1 credit)
 
X

 

*Suggested Plan to Complete Degree Requirements


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