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Requirements for Political Science Major

Political Science Majors must complete the following social science core, in addition to completing core curriculum requirements:
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.
Requirements for Political Science Minor
Minors in political science must complete POS 110, INS 111, and five upper-division courses (numbered 200 or above).

What Courses Will I Take?

As with nearly every other student in the university, your coursework will fall into three broad areas:

  • required classes and electives for your Political Science major.
  • core classes that all students take, and
  • free electives

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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