Bachelor of Science in Political Science

The major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in political science.

B.S. requirements are as follows:

PSCI 1000Introduction to Political Science

3 credits

PSCI 1100Introduction to American National Government

3 credits

PSCI 2000Introduction to Political Analysis

3 credits

PSCI 2210Introduction to International Relations

3 credits

PSCI 2310Introduction to Political Theory

3 credits

PSCI 2500Introduction to Comparative Politics

3 credits

PSCI 4950Senior Capstone in Political Science

3 credits

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 in other disciplines must also be taken to support the student’s work in the major. This requirement is the same as that of the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Recommended cognate courses are: 

ANTH 1050Introduction to Anthropology

3 credits

ANTH 3260World Cultures and Peoples (Area Ethnography)

3 credits

ANTH 4210/ANTH 8216Cultural Anthropology

3 credits

BLST 1220Law in The Black Community

3 credits

BLST 3120/PSCI 3120The Black Experience in American Politics

3 credits

CRCJ 1010Survey of Criminal Justice

3 or 4 credits

CRCJ 3310Criminal Law

3 credits

ECON 2200Principles of Economics (Micro)

3 credits

ECON 3220Economic Theory: Macro

3 credits

ECON 4260/ECON 8266History of Economic Thought

3 credits

GEOG 1020Introduction to Human Geography

3 credits

GEOG 3130/ECON 3130Economic Geography

3 credits

GEOG 3930Political Geography

3 credits

HIST 1110American History to 1865

3 credits

HIST 1120American History since 1865

3 credits

HIST 4330/HIST 8336U.S. Constitutional History to 1860

3 credits

HIST 4340/HIST 8346U.S. Constitutional History since 1860

3 credits

HIST 4350/HIST 8356American Diplomatic History

3 credits

JOUR 4410/JOUR 8416Communication Law

3 credits

JOUR 4420/JOUR 8426Theories of the First Amendment: Speech and Press

3 credits

JOUR 4500/JOUR 8506Mass Communication and Public Opinion

3 credits

PHIL 1020Contemporary Moral Problems

3 credits

PHIL 1210Critical Reasoning

3 credits

PHIL 3010Philosophy of Justice

3 credits

PHIL 3210Social Philosophy

3 credits

PSYC 3450/SOC 3450Social Psychology

3 credits

PA 2170Introduction to Public Administration

3 credits

PA 4300Seminar in Public Policy

3 credits

RELI 1010Introduction to World Religions

3 credits

RELI 2200Introduction to Religious Ethics

3 credits

RELI 2400Religion in America

3 credits

SOC 1010Introductory Sociology

3 credits

SOC 3690Social Stratification

3 credits

SOC 4500Law, Family, and Public Policy

3 credits

Students should consult with departmental advisers and the department chair to determine which other courses are suitable for inclusion in the cognate.  Part of the 15 credit hours of cognate course work must include three hours of statistics.  PSCI 3000 is preferred, but other courses that may be substituted include BSAD 3160, CJ 3000, PA 3000, SOC 2130, SOWK 3000, STAT 3000. Students should be aware that some courses require pre-requisites.  In addition, no more than six hours of courses at the 1000 level nor courses used to satisfy general education requirements will be credited as cognate course work.