Political Science

At the heart of political science analysis is the question of the struggle for power. The major exposes students to changing paradigms and schools of thought centered on how institutional and individual power is gained, organized, used, lost or abused.
Catalog Requirements Notice

The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

The major introduces students to the various methods, concerns, and analytical issues in the basic subfields of the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

In this major, students will acquire broad skills regarding the analysis of, and critical knowledge about: the agencies, functions and structures of the institutions of power; the nature of political behavior; and the principles and processes of governance. It prepares students for careers in government, law, development, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and research areas.

Students can earn academic credit for internships in a range of settings such as the United Nations, multinational corporations, transnational financial institutions, cultural and political organizations, the White House, Capitol Hill, law offices and courts, political campaigns, and social service agencies. All students majoring in political science are encouraged to take part in a study abroad or exchange program to further broaden their academic experience.

Political Science Major

Associate Professor S. Tabrizi, Chair

The total number of courses required for the major in political science is 14 (43-45 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (22-24 sem. hrs.)

INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 155 American Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 390 Internship in Political Science (2-4 sem. hrs.)
POLS 401 Senior Seminar and Thesis in Political Science (4 sem. hrs.)
SOC 294 Research Methods for the Social Sciences (4 sem. hrs.)
Two additional courses from any subfield listed below; one course must be at the 300-level (6 sem. hrs.)

One of the following courses in American Politics subfield (3 sem. hrs.)

POLS 235 The U.S. Congress (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 255 American Parties and Elections (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 345 Public Opinion (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 360 The U.S. Judiciary (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following courses in Comparative Politics subfield (3 sem. hrs.)

INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 262 Politics in Developing Countries (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 268 Comparative Governments and Politics: Cases of Predominantly Black Nations (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 340 Politics of the Emerging Nations in Asia (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 365 Governments and Politics in Industrialized Countries (3 sem. hrs.)

One of the following courses in Political Theory subfield (3 sem. hrs.)

POLS 230 Democratic Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 307 Contemporary Political Ideologies (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 320 Liberalism and Its Critics (3 sem. hrs.)
Other relevant course from philosophy with permission of department chair

One of the following courses in World Politics subfield (3 sem. hrs.)

POLS 267 International Organization (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 332 Old and New Paradigms in World Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 355 Approaches to International Relations (3 sem. hrs.)

Three relevant courses from related disciplines (9 sem. hrs.)

Anthropology

ANTH 222. Anthropology, Religion and Colonialism (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 270. The Social Science of Food (3 sem. hrs.)

Business

BUS 203 Social Entrepreneurship (3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 202 Principles of Marketing (3 sem. hrs.)
BUS 305 Legal Environment of Business (3 sem. hrs.)

Economics

ECON 255 The Political Economy of Globalization (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 233 Economics of Health and Medical Care (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 325 Ecological Economics and Political Ecology (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 326 Energy and the Economy (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 350 Economics of Developing Countries (3 sem. hrs.)

Film and Media Studies

FMS 101. Media and Power in American Culture (3 sem. hrs.)

History

HIST 241 Interpreting U.S. History I (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 242 Interpreting U.S. History II (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 215 The Growth of Industrial Society, 1750-Present (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 228 The Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (3 sem. hrs.)

International Studies

INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)

Mathematics

MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)

Philosophy

PHIL 240 Ethics (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 310 Ethics, Law, and Social Policy (3 sem. hrs.)

Psychology

PSY 224 Social Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 214 The Psychology of Women (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 330 Indigenous Psychologies (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 306. Organizational Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)

Sociology

SOC 228. Social Problems (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 277. Social Inequality: Class and Ethnicity (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 315. Men and Masculinities (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 331. Mass Media and Society 3 sem. hrs.)

Social and Economic Justice

SEJ 250 Introduction to Community Organizing (3 sem. hrs.)

Women's and Gender Studies

WGS 245. Body Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 260. Indigenous Women's Experiences (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 301. Feminist Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 310. Feminist Methodologies: Intersectionalities (3 sem. hrs.)

Students are encouraged to explore other relevant courses which may be approved with permission of department chair

Political Science Minor

Associate Professor S. Tabrizi, Coordinator

A minor in political science allows students to analyze a variety of political phenomena, from the struggle for power to the search for the common good.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 6 (18 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (12 sem. hrs.)

INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 155 American Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 268 Comparative Governments and Politics: Cases of Predominantly Black Nations (3 sem. hrs.)
One course from the political theory subfield listing

Two additional political science courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level (6 sem. hrs.)

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