Political Science, B.A.

Program Learning Goals in Political Science

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major fields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and research methods.
  2. Demonstrate academic and intellectual skills: critical analysis, academic writing, and oral communication.
  3. Be engaged in and aware of local, national, and global politics.
  4. Be prepared, according to interest, for graduate programs and/or careers related to political science (e.g., public policy, law, political journalism, international service).

Major Requirements: 37 credit hours

The political science core:

PO 101UNITED STATES POLITICS

3

PO 102COMPARATIVE POLITICS

3

PO 103INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3

PO 104POLITICAL THOUGHT

3

PO 200INTRODUCTION TO METHODS

3

PO 300POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS

3

PO 300LPOLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS LAB

1

18 hours of elective courses, selected from among PO 105 and all PO courses above PO 200 not specifically required for the major. These elective courses may be concentrated in one area or distributed across several areas. At least three hours of these electives must be at the 400 level, and only nine hours of electives for the major may be chosen from lower-division elective courses.

PO majors may elect one or more of the following concentrations:

Concentrations within the major of Political Science

Students majoring in political science may also complete a concentration within the major as a way of developing expertise through focus in a particular area.

Legal Studies Concentration: 18 credit hours.

This concentration is for those majors interested in the study of law and its relationship to society. It is also useful for those students interested in pursuing a career in law.

PO 317JUDICIAL POLITICS

3

 

At least 3 credit hours elected from case-based courses.

PO 314AAMERICAN CONSTITUTION DEVELOPMENT PRE-1865

3

PO 315CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

3

COM 349COMMUNICATION LAW

3

Additional elective credits completed from among:

PO 213WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

3

PO 314BAMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1865-1965

3

PO 334INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, LAW, AND HUMAN RIGHTS

3

PO 340LAW AND FILM

3

PO 417THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

3

HS 215TRIALS OF THE CENTURIES

3

HS 444UNITED STATES CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY

3

PL 320PHILOSOPHY OF LAW

3

SC 220CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS

3

SC 435LAW, ETHICS, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY

3

 

 

Global Studies Concentration: 18 credit hours.

This concentration is for those majors who wish to develop expertise in global politics. It is also useful preparation for advanced study in comparative politics or international relations, or for a government or private sector career dealing with foreign affairs.

PO 256GLOBALIZATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

3

And 15 hours elected from among:

PO 205HEALTHCARE ACCESS IN LATIN AMERICA

2

PO 210MODEL ARAB LEAGUE SIMULATION

3

PO 215ISLAM AND POLITICS

3

PO 220EUROPEAN UNION SIMULATION

3

PO 241HISTORY, CULTURE, AND POLITICS

3

PO 243GLOBAL DEBT AND JUSTICE

3

PO 254LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS

3

PO 320CHRISTIAN DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE

3

PO 321THE POLITICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

3

PO 325POLITICS OF THE LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES

3

PO 328THE MIDDLE EAST IN FILM AND MEDIA

3

PO 330INTERNATIONAL POLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST

3

PO 331U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

3

PO 332AFRICAN POLITICS

3

PO 333INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT AND SECURITY

3

PO 334INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, LAW, AND HUMAN RIGHTS

3

PO 336INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

3

PO 337COMPARATIVE HEALTH POLICY

3

PO 351BERLIN SEMINAR

3

PO 355IDENTITY, SOCIAL CLASS, AND POWER IN LATIN AMERICA

3

PO 356POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION: CASE STUDIES FROM LATIN AMERICA

3

PO 357VIRTUE AND POLITICAL ORDER FROM PLATO TO THE PRESENT

3

PO 396SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS

3

PO 397SPECIAL TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3

PO 430SEMINAR: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ON THE BLEEDING EDGE: IMAGINING TOMORROW

3

PO 445NATIONALISM AND CITIZENSHIP

3

PO 458TOPICS IN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT

3

PO 499SEMINAR

3

PO 499: on a topic related to international relations or comparative politics (by petition).

Applied Politics Concentration: 18 credit hours

This concentration is for those majors who wish to transition into a job in practical politics. It is also useful for developing tangible skills, networking, and understanding how the political system actually works.

PO 303APPLIED POLITICS

3

PO 390INTERNSHIP

6

PO 390 or equivalent course by petition.

And 12 hours selected from among

PO 203POLITICS & MAPPING

3

PO 210MODEL ARAB LEAGUE SIMULATION

3

PO 213WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

3

PO 220EUROPEAN UNION SIMULATION

3

PO 301U.S. CONGRESS

3

PO 304INTRODUCTION TO POLICY ANALYSIS

3

PO 318INTEREST GROUPS AND POLITICAL PARTIES

3

PO 319U.S. ELECTIONS

3

PO 412URBAN POLITICS

3

COM 311CAMPAIGN ISSUES AND IMAGES

3