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Requirements for Political Science Major
POS 110 American Political Process (3 crs) INS 111 World Community (3 crs) SSC 327 Research Methods (3 crs) SSC 415 Statistical Analysis (3 crs) SSC 488 Senior Thesis (3 crs) SSC 489 Senior Seminar (3 crs) Total (18 crs) In addition to completing the core curriculum and social science core requirements (including senior thesis and seminar and the comprehensive oral examination in SSC 488, 489), all Political Science Majors must complete the following courses: POS 211 Comparative Politics (3 crs) POS 212 Global Politics (3 crs) POS 312 or 313 Major Political Thinkers (3 crs) Five (5) Approved POS Electives (15 crs) Total (24 crs) One course must be taken from each of the following areas: American Politics: POS 241, POS 242, POS 329, POS 330, POS 340, POS 305, POS 306, POS 473. International Relations: POS 311, POS 316, POS 327, POS 333, POS 334, POS 341. Political Theory: POS 250, POS 311, POS 312.
What Courses Will I Take?
As with nearly every other student in the university, your coursework will fall into three broad areas:
Your major classes focus on mastering the content and technical expertise of your chosen field; the core classes help you achieve humanistic and critical thinking skills; and your free electives round out your personal educational plan.
All Political Science majors will complete, as part of their university core requirements, an introductory course on our nations government called the American Political Process, and an analogous introductory course on international geography and cultures entitled The World Community. Additionally, Political Science majors will take the required courses dealing with Research Methods, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Senior Seminar, and Senior Thesis. Around that framework of required courses, five upper division courses in Political Science must also be taken. These can be selected from four different areas: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Philosophy.
What would a typical course schedule look like?
FRESHMAN SOPHOMORE FYS 101 (1) RST Core (3) MOL Core (3) POS 212 (3) POS 110 (3) POS Elective (3) ENG Core (3) Electives (6) MAT Core (3) HIS Core (3) MOL Core (3) Sci. Core (3) HIS Core (3) RST Core (3) INS 111 (3) Electives (6) ENG Core (3) POS Electives (3) Elective (3) Total Credits (31) (30)
JUNIOR SENIOR PHI Core (3) PHI/ RST Core (3) POS. Electives (6) Electives (6) PHI Core (3) SSC 415, 488 (6) MAT/CSC/Sci. (3) POS Theory Elective (3) Electives (3) SSC 489 (3) ENG Core (3) Electives (9) SSC 327 (3) POS Electives (6) Total Credits (30) (30)
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