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Political Science

As a Political Science major, you'll confront some of political life's enduring questions and struggles. You'll gain an understanding of the institutions and nature of American politics. We also emphasize the international dimensions of politics in the 21st century.

What You'll Study

Through discovering concepts and theories of political science, you'll learn to:

  • Integrate new facts into your own worldview
  • Reflect upon yourself in relation to others
  • Take risks
  • Participate actively in political life
  • Accept responsibility for your actions

You'll graduate equipped to live and work in an interdependent global community. You'll also leave with the verbal, written, and technological skills to succeed in the workplace, graduate school, and the professions.

 

What's Next?

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Studying political science has given me a broader understanding of the world. It is so important to be aware and educated on global issues. Sarah Block, Political Science, 2019
Student Sarah Block
Studying political science has given me a broader understanding of the world. It is so important to be aware and educated on global issues. Sarah Block, Political Science, 2019

Major Requirements

Required Courses
30 Credit Hours
POS
200WI
Introduction to Political Science
POS
203WI
Introduction to Political Thought I
POS
204WI
Introduction to Political Thought II
POS
221WI
Politics in the U.S.
POS
301
International Relations
POS
331
Comparative Government
POS
332
Political Science Scope and Methods
POS
470
Senior Seminar
ECO
201
Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO
202WI
Principles of Microeconomics
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American Politics/Government Electives (choose at least one)
3+ Credit Hours
POS
340
Selected Topics
POS
341
American Constitutional Law: The Federal System
POS
342
American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
POS
339
The Congress
POS
355WI
American Constitutional Issues
POS
422
State and Local Government
POS
440
Selected Topics
POS
481
Political Science Internship
or POS
482
Political Science Internship
or POS
483
Political Science Internship
POS
491
Independent Study – American Politics
or POS
492
Independent Study – American Politics
or POS
493
Independent Study – American Politics
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Political Theory Electives (choose at least one)
3+ Credit Hours
POS
340
Selected Topics
POS
402
Ancient Political Thought
POS
405
Contemporary Political Thought
POS
437
Inequality and Religion
POS
440
Selected Topics
POS
491
Independent Study – Political Theory
or POS
492
Independent Study – Political Theory
or POS
493
Independent Study – Political Theory
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International Relations/Comparative Politics Electives (choose at least one)
3+ Credit Hours
POS
325WI
Islam and Politics
or POS
228WI
Hinduism and India
POS
340
Selected Topics
POS
351
Global Environmental Politics
POS
431
Genocide
POS
432
Human Rights
POS
433
Religion and Nationalism in Modern Europe
POS
435
Gandhi and Bin Laden
POS
438
International Political Economy
POS
439
Conflict Resolution
POS
440
Selected Topics
POS
491
Independent Study in Political Science
or POS
492
Independent Study in Political Science
or POS
493
Independent Study in Political Science
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Minor Requirements

Required Courses
18 Credit Hours
Students minoring in political science must take at least 18 semester hours of credit in political science courses, excluding internship hours.
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