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Political Science BS

—American Government and Public Policy Emphasis
—International Relations and Comparative Politics Emphasis
—Public Law and Political Philosophy Emphasis

Department of Political Science

Political Science BS 
Course Number and TitleCredits
Foundational Studies Program requirements indicated in bold
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
UF 100 Intellectual Foundations3
UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
DLM Mathematics3-4
DLN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course with lab4
DLN Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
DLV Visual and Performing Arts3
DLL Literature and Humanities3-4
DLS POLS 101 American National Government3
DLS Social Sciences course in a second field3
CID POLS 200 Introduction to Politics3
POLS 298 Introduction to Political Inquiry3
POLS 398 Advanced Political Science Methods3
FF POLS 499 Capstone Research Seminar3
A student must take three (3) of the following courses:
POLS 300 American Political Institutions and Behavior
POLS 305 Comparative Politics: Theories, Methods, and Political Processes
POLS 306 International Relations: Actors, Interactions, and Methods
POLS 315 Political Philosophy
9
(A student may use no more than three credits of POLS 493 and three credits of POLS 494.)6
Area of Emphasis Requirements
A minimum of 12 credits must be completed in the student’s chosen area of emphasis (see specific courses below).

American Government and Public Policy Emphasis

American Government and Public Policy Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
POLS 400 Women and Politics
POLS 401 Political Parties and Interest Groups
POLS 402 Campaigns and Elections
POLS 403 Introduction to Public Administration
POLS 404 Urban Politics
POLS 405 American Chief Executive
POLS 406 Legislative Behavior
POLS 407 American Policy Process
POLS 409 Environmental Politics
POLS 410 Public Finance
POLS 412 Ethics in Public Policy
POLS 413 Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Structure
POLS 414 Comparative State Politics
POLS 415 Seminar in American Political Institutions
POLS 416 Seminar in American Political Behavior
POLS 417 Political Psychology
POLS 418 Public Opinion
POLS 419 Political Communication
POLS 440 American Political Thought
POLS 446 Constitutional Law
POLS 447 Civil Liberties
POLS 448 Women and the Law
POLS 449 Law, Politics, and Society
12
Upper-division electives to total 40 credits7
Electives to total 120 credits37-40
Total120

International Relations and Comparative Politics Emphasis

International Relations and Comparative Politics Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
POLS 420 Comparative Foreign Policy
POLS 421 International Law and Organization
POLS 422 Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe
POLS 423 Latin American Politics
POLS 424 Canadian Politics
POLS 425 Politics in Asia
POLS 426 European Politics
POLS 427 Politics of Africa
POLS 428 Seminar in Contemporary Comparative Politics
POLS 429 International Political Economy
POLS 431 Seminar in Contemporary International Relations
POLS 432 Civil War and Terrorism
POLS 445 International Trade and Investment Law
12
Upper-division electives to total 40 credits7
Electives to total 120 credits37-40
Total120

Secondary Education Emphasis

Public Law and Political Philosophy Emphasis
Course Number and TitleCredits
POLS 440 American Political Thought
POLS 441 Classical Political Thought
POLS 442 Modern Political Thought
POLS 443 Contemporary Political Thought
POLS 445 International Trade and Investment Law
POLS 446 Constitutional Law
POLS 447 Civil Liberties
POLS 448 Women and the Law
POLS 449 Law, Politics, and Society
POLS 451 Seminar In Judicial Politics
POLS 452 Seminar In Political Philosophy
12
Upper-division electives to total 40 credits7
Electives to total 120 credits37-40
Total120