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.
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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

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.)
SS 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 201 Media and Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 235 The U.S. Congress (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.)

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 221 Liberalism and Its Critics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 230 Democracy in America (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 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 233 Economics of Health and Medical Care (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 255 The Political Economy of Globalization (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 325 Ecological Economics (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 Introduction to Cinema Studies (3 sem. hrs.)

History

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

Mathematics

MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)

Philosophy

PHIL 240 Ethics, Equality and Social Justice (3 sem. hrs.)

Psychology

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

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

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 5 (15 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following (9 sem. hrs.)

INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 155 American Politics (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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