2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Political Science Major

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Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Students must complete 22 credits of core courses and 21 credits from one of the three tracks(standard, public policy or pre-law). A student who successfully completes the Standard Track or the Pre-Law Track will receive a bachelor of arts degree. A student who successfully completes the Public Policy Track will receive a bachelor of science degree. Consists of 43 credit hours distributed as follows:

Core Courses

(22 Credits)

PSCI-210 Politics & Government in the United States

PSCI-220E Introduction to Political Philosophy

PSCI-230 Introduction to Global Politics

PSCI-240 Introduction to Comparative Politics

PSCI-250 Methods of Research and Data Analysis

PSCI-400 Professional Development

PSCI-401E Contemporary Political Thought

PSCI-470 Seminar in Global Studies & Political Science

Track 1—Standard

Receives the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

United States Politics

(9 Credits)

PSCI-320 State and Local Politics

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

PSCI-340 Media & Politics

PSCI-345 Political Psychology

PSCI-350 Constitutional Law of Federalism & Institutional Powers

PSCI-355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties

PSCI-380 Public Administration

PSCI-390 Public Policy

PSCI-415 Policymaking, Interest Groups & Congress

Global Politics

(12 credits, 3 credits may be in HIST courses)

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

PSCI-336 United Nations

PSCI-356 United States Foreign Policy

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

PSCI-365E Politics of Human Rights

PSCI-370 Issues in Global Politics

PSCI-375 United States and the World

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

PSCI-430 The International Arms Trade

PSCI-440W Global Political Economy

HIST-325 Modern Britain Since 1688

HIST-345 Crusades and Terrorism

HIST-350 Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Great Powers

HIST-356 East Asia

HIST-360 Modern Africa

HIST-385 Topics in French History

HIST-390 War and Peace Across the Pacific

HIST-410 Modern India & Pakistan Since 1700

HIST-415 History of China Since 1600

HIST-425 History of Japan Since 1600

HIST-430 European Imperialism

Track 2—Public Policy

Receives the bachelor of science degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

PSCI-215 Introduction to Public Policy

Public Policy

(15 credits, 9 credits must be in PSCI courses)

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

PSCI-340 Media & Politics

PSCI-380 Public Administration

PSCI-390 Public Policy

PSCI-415 Policymaking, Interest Groups & Congress

PSCI-480 Internship

COMM-347 Strategic Public Relations

COMM-349X Nonprofit Communication

COMM-420 Political Campaigning in Virtual Environments

COMM-447 Science, Environment, and Health Communication

ENVR-305 Natural Resource & Environmental Law

SOC-255EX Introduction to Social Welfare Systems

SOC-412 Adjudication and Corrections: Existing And Alternate Strategies

Global Politics

(3 Credits)

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

PSCI-336 United Nations

PSCI-356 United States Foreign Policy

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

PSCI-365E Politics of Human Rights

PSCI-370 Issues in Global Politics

PSCI-375 United States and the World

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

PSCI-440W Global Political Economy

Track 3—Pre-Law

Receives the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

Pre-Law

(18 credits, 9 credits must be in PSCI courses)

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

PSCI-350 Constitutional Law of Federalism & Institutional Powers

PSCI-355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties

PSCI-415 Policymaking, Interest Groups & Congress

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

PSCI-480 Internship

SOC-211 Criminology

SOC-312 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

SOC-313 Gender, Crime and Justice

SOC-314 World Just Systems

COMM-410E Communication Law and Ethics in a Digital Age

BUS-350 Business Law

PHIL-310 Logic

PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

ENVR-305 Natural Resource & Environmental Law

Global Politics

(3 credits)

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

PSCI-336 United Nations

PSCI-356 United States Foreign Policy

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

PSCI-365E Politics of Human Rights

PSCI-370 Issues in Global Politics

PSCI-375 United States and the World

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

PSCI-430 The International Arms Trade

PSCI-440W Global Political Economy

Honors Project (PSCI-499) may count as an elective. Students may substitute SOC-322 for PSCI-250. Students may not double major in political science and global studies. Political science majors may minor in global studies, but 15 credits from non-core areas must be taken in disciplines other than political science.

Students interested in law school should consider pursuing the pre-law track or pre-law concentration. Majors who pursue the pre-law track may not add a pre-law concentration, but majors who complete the major using the standard or public policy track may. Up to two courses from the pre-law list may be used for both the political science major and the concentration.

Students interested in careers in public sector bureaucracies or graduate study in programs such as a master’s in public policy or master’s in public administration should consider completing the public policy track or the politics and public policy concentration. Majors who pursue the public policy track may not add a politics and public policy concentration, but majors who complete the major using the standard or pre-law track may add a politics and public policy concentration. Up to two courses from the public policy list may be used for both the political science major and the concentration.

Political science majors interested in careers or graduate study in international relations or security studies should consider adding the global studies minor and either a world languages and cultures major or minor.

Students interested in pursuing graduate study or careers in environmental policy should consider the public policy track with either a major in biolog y or environmental science or a minor in environmental science.

Students interested in graduate study or careers in criminal justice or public safety should consider adding a crime and justice minor in the sociolog y department.