The Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science provides students with information and abilities to become participative citizens and cope with problems of modern politics. The degree also seeks to prepare well-rounded students for careers in the public sector and to prepare those who seek admission to graduate school.
Analytic skills, especially critical thinking, are stressed in all courses. The Senior Project provides an opportunity for students to develop research skills while the Internship exposes the students to opportunities for practical applications of what they have learned.
B.A. MAJOR – 36 HOURS, 2.0 GPA
I. Required Political Science Core (18 hours)
PO 200 American National Government 3 hours
PO 210 Comparative Political Systems 3 hours
PO 216 International Relations 3 hours
PO 220 History of Political Philosophy 3 hours
PO 405 Senior Thesis 3 hours
PO 450 Internship 3 hours
II. Nine hours in one concentration, plus an additional three hours in the other concentration (12 hours):
Concentration A: American Politics
PO 201 State and Local Government
PO 304 Constitutional Law
PO 310 Parties and Elections
PO 323 Congress and the Presidency
PO 340 Public Policy
Concentration B: International Politics
PO 221 Political Ideologies
PO 320 American Foreign Policy
PO 338 Politics of the Developing World
PO 344 War and Terrorism
PO 345 International Organizations
III. Six hours of electives selected from the following:
PO 100 American Politics and Citizenship
PO 202 Introduction to Law
PO 329 Law School and LSAT Preparation
PO 330 Public Administration
PO 350 Special Topics in Political Science
IV. Senior Examination: A student must pass a four to six hour written comprehensive examination in Political Science.
MINOR – 18 hours, 2.0 GPA
PO 100, PO 200, PO 210, plus nine additional hours in Political Science.
Senior Examination: A student must pass a 1-2 hour written comprehensive examination in Political Science.
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