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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.

Why Political Science at UT Martin?

Students have the following degree choices in political science: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. Majors: general political science or political science with a concentration in public administration. Students in the general political science major are required to take two courses (Reasearch Methods and their choice of a course in International Relations or Comparative Politics) and complete their major with their choice of courses from the major subfields of political science, (American Politics, Public Administration & Policy, International Relations, International Security, Comparative Politics). The public administration concentration combines public management courses with business courses to prepare students for management positions in public or nonprofit organizations. Students are encouraged to engage in internships, travel programs, and extracurricular activities to develop networking and leadership skills.

BSBA Learning Objectives related to the CBGA Mission:

Students will describe political structures and processes, including those relating to elections, policy making, and policy implementation, demonstrate an understanding of global political dynamics, encompassing an appreciation for the interconnectedness of international political, economic, and social activity, produce a research project demonstrating analytical skills while applying contemporary methods of political science research, write and present findings from an original research or critical thinking project.

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2019-2020 Catalog Curriculum Model


Course Requirements for Major Hours
Political Science 220 American Political Institutions and Policy, and either
Political Science 210 American Government and Politics or
Political Science 230 Introduction to World Politics*
Political Science 303 Scope and Methods of Political Science 3
Political Science 341 Comparative Government 3
Political Science 321 International Relations 3


*Majors who intend to take a majority of their upper-division electives in American politics and/or public administration are encouraged to take Political Science 210-220; those who intend to take a majority of their upper-division electives in international relations, international security, and/or comparative politics are encouraged to take Political Science 220-230.

General Political Science Concentration (4171)

Course Requirements for Major Hours
Upper-division (300-400) Political Science courses 18


Note: Paralegal courses Political Science 391, 392 and 393 cannot be used for the major hours requirement.

A minor is required for B.S. as well as B.A. degree.

International Security Studies Concentration (4175)

Course Requirements for Major Hours
Political Science 423, 481, 482, 491
One course from Political Science 343, 462, or 481 (different topic from above)
Six (6) additional hours of elective upper-division Political Science courses
recommended electives include Political Science 322 American Foreign Policy, Political Science 410 Political Science Internship, Political Science 467 Travel-Study)
Total Hours 21


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

Legal Studies 3+3 Concentration (4177)

Course Requirements for Major Hours
Political Science 303, 321, 341 12
Three (3) additional hours of upper-division Political Science  
Total Hours 12


A minor in legal studies (M-4176) is required.


A student accepted into UT Law School prior to completing the requirements for a BA in Political Science may receive the BA in Political Science from UT Martin if the following requirements are met:

  • The first year of study at UT Law School is satisfactorily completed.
  • A minimum of 90 hours of college course work is completed, exclusive of those taken at the Law School.
  • A minimum of 60 hours of course work is completed at an accredited four-year institution, exclusive of those taken at the Law School. At least 25% of the semester hours must be completed at UT Martin.
  • All general education requirements for the B.A. degree are met.
  • Completion of the minor is met.

Public Administration Concentration (4172)

Course Requirements for Major Hours
Political Science 314, 353, 361, 362, 363, 420, 432 21


In lieu of a minor, complete the following:
Accounting 201-202 Fundamentals of Accounting I, II OR
Accounting 300 Accounting for Non-business Students
Business Law 201 Legal Environment of Business or Business Law 301 Business Law I
Economics 201-202 Principles of Macroeconomics, Microeconomics
Management 300 Management and Behavior
Management 350 Human Resource Management

Four Year Plans

BA Political Science Major Four Year Plan Sample

BS Political Science Major Four Year Plan Sample



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