Political Science, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Students may choose between the 57- or 72-credit major. There is also a 82-credit Pre-law Option within the 72-credit major is designed for students interested in law school or work as a paralegal.


The 57-credit major is designed for the student with a strong interest in the political realm who wishes to combine such interest with study of another major or minor field.

Notes: 

  • the 57 credit major requires a separate minor or POLI/CSBS approved certificate program for completion;
  • two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required;
  • no substitutions for core courses.
Required Introductory Courses
POLI 100MODERN GOVERNMENT IN AMERICAN CONTEXT5
POLI 202INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY5
POLI 203INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS5
or POLI 204 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
Disciplinary Core–choose two different courses from each of the three subfields.30
Required Senior Level Courses-400 Level Requirements
POLI 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: GLOBALIZATION5
POLI 493PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT1-2
Choose one additional 400 level course below GOVT 4705
Subfield Distribution Lists
American Government and Politics
U.S. JUDICIAL PROCESS
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
JURISPRUDENCE
BASIC CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
FEDERALISM, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS
THE U.S. PRESIDENCY
PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
U.S. CONGRESS
U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS
MOCK TRIAL I
TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
MOCK TRIAL II
International Relations/Comparative Politics
INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL WATER POLICY
EUROPEAN POLITICS
POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS
POLITICS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
POLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA
TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Political Philosophy
JURISPRUDENCE
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT
MODERN WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
MARX AND MARXISM
NATIONS, NATIONALISM AND PATRIOTISM
TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY
Total Credits57

The 72-credit major is designed for those with a more concentrated interest in government who do not wish to complete a structured minor or who may be interested in graduate study in political science.

Required Introductory Courses
POLI 100MODERN GOVERNMENT IN AMERICAN CONTEXT5
POLI 202INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY5
POLI 203INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS5
POLI 204INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL POLITICS5
Required Disciplinary Core
POLI 300U.S. JUDICIAL PROCESS5
POLI 313ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT5
or POLI 314 MODERN WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
POLI 320INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS5
POLI 332THE U.S. PRESIDENCY5
POLI 335U.S. CONGRESS5
Required Senior Level Courses
POLI 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: GLOBALIZATION5
POLI 493PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT1-2
Elective Requirements–choose two 300 level courses from two subfields and two 400 level courses below POLI 470 from two subfields20
Subfield Distribution Lists
American Government and Politics
U.S. JUDICIAL PROCESS
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
U.S. CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES
JURISPRUDENCE
BASIC CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
FEDERALISM, STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS
THE U.S. PRESIDENCY
PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
U.S. CONGRESS
U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS
STATE LEGISLATIVE POLITICS EXPERIENCE
MOCK TRIAL I
TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS
MOCK TRIAL II
International Relations/Comparative Politics
INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL WATER POLICY
EUROPEAN POLITICS
POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS
POLITICS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
POLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA
TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Political Philosophy
JURISPRUDENCE
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT
MODERN WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT
AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
MARX AND MARXISM
NATIONS, NATIONALISM AND PATRIOTISM
TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY
Total Credits72

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate basic knowledge, skills and values related to various forms and structure in governments and relate those specifics to political and policy outcomes as necessary for responsible and active participation as both national and international citizens;
  • effectively apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to political issues and should be able to utilize normative and empirical analysis tools in the study of national and international political realities;
  • be able to apply an understanding of foundational and enduring political thought and ideas throughout history to questions of politics and policy at the national and international levels;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the role played by race, ethnicity, gender and religion in historic and contemporary political debates and an awareness of effects of multiculturalism and diversity on domestic and international affairs;
  • possess effective communication skills including the verbal and writing skills needed to communicate clearly and effectively, make persuasive, professional presentations and convey information essential to the discipline and beyond in an orderly and understandable manner;
  • demonstrate analytical and conceptual skills, reading skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills and be able to effectively apply those skill sets to political issues.