Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Programs / Bachelor of Science in Political Science

The Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Political Science is the study of the formal institutions of government and the actual behavior of people in public life. It examines both the institutions and processes of government using both empirical and normative research methodologies. A degree in political science is of value to all persons who take the responsibilities and opportunities of membership in a democratic society seriously. Specifically, political science is the undergraduate major of a majority of persons who attend law school; serves as prerequisite for graduate study in a number of social science disciplines; and is an ideal liberal arts major for careers in business, journalism, public and international affairs, the federal government, state and local government, teaching, interest groups, campaign management, communications, and many others.

Supervised internships and cooperative study programs at sites in business, industry and government are available and students are strongly urged to participate.

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 hours

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) and Selected Concentration - 18 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 2212
    State and Local Government
    3
  • POLS 2240
    Introduction to Comparative Politics
    3
  • POLS 2250
    Introduction to International Relations
    3
  • POLS 2270
    Political Ideologies
    3
  • POLS 2280
    Research Methods
    3
  • Foreign Language 2001 level
    -or-
    MATH 1007 (if MATH 1107 has been taken in Area D, student may choose MATH 1106 or MATH 1190)
    3

Upper Division Major Requirements - 15 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 4499
    Senior Seminar
    3

Choose one course from four of the five subfields

Subfield 1: American Government and Politics

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 3360
    The United States Congress
    3
  • POLS 3370
    The United States Presidency
    3
  • POLS 3385
    Campaigns and Elections
    3

Subfield 2: Global Studies

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 3350
    American Foreign Policy
    3
  • POLS 4430
    International Law and Organization
    3
  • POLS 4436
    Politics of Developing Areas
    3

Subfield 3: Political Theory

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 4423
    Great Political Thinkers
    3
  • POLS 4427
    American Political Thought
    3
  • POLS 4428
    Race, Gender, and the Politics of Difference
    3

Subfield 4: Public Law and Administration

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 3300
    U.S. Constitution and Courts
    3
  • POLS 3343
    Principles of Public Administration
    3
  • POLS 4412
    Urban Affairs and Problems
    3

Subfield 5: Research Methods

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 4280
    Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
    3
  • POLS 3313
    Public Policy Analysis
    3
  • POLS 3320
    Legal Research
    3
  • POLS 3394
    Public Polling and Survey Techniques
    3

Upper-Division Electives - 15 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Choose five 3000-4000 level POLS courses

Related Studies - 15 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • POLS 3396
    Cooperative Study
    3
  • POLS 3398
    Internship
    3
  • POLS 4100
    Directed Applied Research
    3
  • Any 3000-4000 level POLS courses
  • Any 3000-4000 level courses in HSS College
  • BLAW 3400
    Negotiation
    3
  • BLAW 4100
    Advanced Business Law
    3
  • BLAW 4200
    Employment Law
    3
  • BLAW 4300
    Real Estate Law
    3
  • BLAW 4500
    Franchise Law
    3
  • ECON 4310
    Economic Development in Global Perspective
    3
  • ECON 4410
    International Trade and Finance
    3
  • ECON 4530
    Public and Urban Economics
    3
  • STAT 3010
    Computer Applications of Statistics
    3
  • STAT 3120
    Statistical Methods I
    3
  • STAT 3130
    Statistical Methods II
    3
  • STAT 4120
    Applied Experimental Design
    3
  • STAT 4210
    Applied Regression Analysis
    3
  • Any other 3000-4000 level course approved by the PSIA department

Free Electives - 15 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Any courses in the university curriculum totaling 15 credit hours.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)