College of Arts and Sciences


History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies
Political Science
Major in Political Science - B.A.


In addition to meeting the College of Arts and Sciences' requirements for all B.A. degrees, political science majors must take 36 credit hours in political science, choosing their classes from the following groups.

Core courses (9 cr.).

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Government
  • POLS-Y 395 Quantitative Political Analysis
  • POLS-Y 490 Senior Seminar in Political Science (independent study)

American institutions and processes (9 cr.)

  • POLS-Y 200 Contemporary Political Topics
  • POLS-Y 205 Analyzing Politics
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law
  • POLS-Y 318 The American Presidency
  • POLS-Y 319 U.S Congress
  • POLS-Y 401 Topics Course

International relations and comparative politics (9 cr.)

  • POLS-Y 335 Comparative Politics - Europe
  • POLS-Y 360 U.S Foreign Policy
  • POLS-Y 362 International Politics of Selected Regions -Latin America
  • POLS-Y 366 Current Foreign Policy Problems
  • POLS-Y 372 International Relations
  • POLS-Y 373 Politics of Terrorism

Political theory and philosophy (9 cr.)

  • POLS-Y 381 Classical Political Philosophy
  • POLS-Y 382 Modern Political Philosophy
  • POLS-Y 384 Development of American Political thought II

Recommended: In addition to meeting departamental and general requirements, the political science department strongly suggests that political science majors take supporting courses in economics and history, especially American History.

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