Political Science Major

Political science majors offer students a wide range of career opportunities. The majors particularly prepare students for further education at the graduate level where they can specialize in a variety of sub-fields. They are excellent majors for students interested in attending law school or seeking government employment upon graduation. Additional information on career opportunities and current careers of departmental alumni is available upon request.

 

Political Science majors must satisfy the general education requirements for the appropriate Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. A minor is required in both degrees.  There are two B.A. degree or B.S. degree concentrations for the political science major. Each of these concentrations is based on a common core of political science courses. 


Preparing for Graduate School in Political Science

Preparation For Law School: An Introduction


Course Requirements for Major: (30-33 total)

Political Science 220, American Political Institutions and Policy: 3 hours


Political Science 210, American Government and Politics, or

Political Science 230, Introduction to World Politics: 3 hours


Political Science 303, Scope and Methods of Political Science: 3 hours


Political Science 321, International Relations, or

Political Science 322, American Foreign Policy, or

Political Science 341, Survey of Comparative Politics: 3 hours


Degree Concentration Requirements (see below): 21-24 hours

 

General Political Science Concentration (B.A. or B.S.): 

Upper Division (300-400) Political Science courses: 24 Hours 
A minor is required for the B.S. and the B.A. degree.

 

Public Administration Concentration:

The public administration concentration is a mix of political science and business-related courses designed to prepare students for management responsibilities in the public, private or private non-profit sector. The degree also prepares students for graduate work in schools of public policy, public management or planning.

Political Science 314, Intergovernmental Relations: 3 hours

Political Science 353, Administrative Law: 3 hours

Political Science 361, Introduction to Public Administration: 3 hours

Political Science 362, Introduction to Public Safety: 3 hours

Political Science 363, Financing Public Policy: 3 hours

Political Science 420, Public Administration Internship: 3 hours

Political Science 432, American Constitutional Law: 3 hours

Total of 21 hours

A minor is required for the B.S. and the B.A. degree.

In lieu of a minor for the Public Administration Concentration, complete the following:

Accounting 201-202, Fundamentals of Accounting: 6 hours

Economics 201, Principles of Macroeconomics: 3 hours

Economics 202, Principles of Microeconomics: 3 hours

Business Law 201, Legal Environment of Business: 3 hours

Management 300, Organization & Management: 3 hours

Management 350, Human Resource Management: 3 hours

Total of 21 hours

 

B.A. or B.S.  Political Science Minor Curriculum. (18 hours)

B.A. or B.S. Paralegal Studies Minor ** is designed to prepare a person for a career as a legal assistant. Also, as part of an overall degree program, it is an excellent minor for students who plan to attend law school. (21 hours)

 

** Students majoring in political science cannot receive a separate minor in paralegal studies; however, courses in the paralegal studies minor can count toward satisfying the major.

 

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