Degree Requirements

The members of the Department of Politics, Law, and International Relations offer two distinct major tracks in Political Science.

In conjunction with colleagues from other departments, we participate in three interdisciplinary majors: Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics; International Studies; and International Studies and Business.

Political Science (B.A.)

Objectives: To give students an understanding of the full spectrum of political science and political activity, with a focus on the four traditional branches of the discipline: American, comparative, international, and political theory. To prepare students for graduate study in political science; entry into careers related to public service, government, international affairs, business abroad, or public administration; or teaching civics, American government, or foreign affairs at the secondary level.

Political Science - Law & Politics (B.A.)

Objectives: To provide students with an integrative approach to the study of law as a part of liberal education; to introduce fundamental notions of the nature of law, its history and development, and principles which underlie its administration and to prepare students for law school and the practice of law.

 Requirements for Political Science (B.A.)

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

POLS 103

Politics of the United States

3

POLS 105

Introduction to International Relations

3

POLS 215

Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

POLS 240

History of Political Philosophy

3

POLS 450

Senior Seminar: Problems in Politics

3

Five additional courses in Political Science*

 

15

Total

 

30

Additional requirement: one of the following courses

STAT 161

 Introduction to Statistics

 4

STAT 162

Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences  4
 STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences   4

 

Requirements for Political Science - Law & Politics (B.A.):

POLS 103 Politics of the United States 3
POLS 240 History of Political Philosophy 3
POLS 400 Moot Court 3
POLS 450 Senior Seminar: Problems in Politics 3
POLS 417 Internship  2-6
One course from:
POLS 105 Introduction to International Relations 3
POLS 215 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
One course from:
POLS 117 Law and Society  3
POLS 217 Constitutional Interpretation 3
One course from:
POLS 317 Civil Rights and Liberties  3
POLS 329 Democracy and Democratization  3
Two additional courses in Political Science*   6
Total    29-33
Additional requirement: one of the following courses
STAT 161 Introduction to Statistics  4
STAT 162 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences  4
STAT 163 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4