Bachelor of Science with a Major in Political Science

The major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in political science. In addition, 15 credit hours from cognate fields outside the department of political science are required. B.S. requirements are as follows:

  • Political Science 1000 and 1100 (unless one is waived by the department), 2000, and 4950.
  • At least one three-hour course in each of the following subfields: political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and international politics.
  • Remaining hours in political science shall be elected by students in accordance with their interests.
  • At least 18 hours of political science courses must be taken at the 3000 and 4000 levels.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours of cognate course work that support the student’s work in the major must be taken in other disciplines. Three hours of statistics must be part of these 15 credit hours. PSCI 3000 is preferred. Other approved courses in Statistics include BASD 3160, CJ 3000, MATH 1530, PA 3000, PSYC 3130, SOC 2130, SOWK 3000, STAT 3000, or other courses approved by the department chair. Students must consult with departmental advisers on approved cognate courses.

Quality of Work

A political science major must earn at least a “C-” in all political science and cognate courses presented in satisfaction of the major. While a minimum of 27 (B.A.) or 36 (B.S.) hours of political science is required of a major, up to 45 hours may be applied toward either the B.A. or B.S. degree.

Subfields

Students must complete at least one three-hour course in each of the following subfields: political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and international politics. A student may wish to concentrate in a specific subfield of political science or take as diverse a range of courses as possible. The subfields of political science and the courses they include are as follows:

  • American Politics - 2110, 2120, 2180, 3010, 3020, 3040, 3050, 3100, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3150, 3160, 3170, 3180, 4020, 4030, 4040, 4050, 4120, 4170, 4180, 4190
  • Comparative Politics - 2500, 2560, 2660, 3230, 3500, 3560, 3580, 3640, 3660, 3680, 3700, 4350, 4360, 4370, 4500, 4520
  • International Politics - 2210, 3220, 3230, 3260, 4200, 4280
  • Political Theory - 2310, 3340, 4000, 4310, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4380
  • Political Science 3920, 4900, 4910, 4920 and 4950 normally will not satisfy the subfield distribution requirement; however, in extraordinary cases, exceptions can be made with departmental permission. No course may be used to satisfy more than one departmental requirement.