Political Science Major

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Political Science Major

The Political Science major requires 34 hours including foundational courses, research methods, and an option to concentrate in international politics, comparative politics, or American politics.

View the four year curriculum plan for the Political Science major.

Major Requirements

Majors are expected to complete successfully the foundational classes before attempting upper-division coursework.

Foundational Courses
Majors take all of the following courses:

  • POSC 2020, Introduction to Politics (3 hours)
  • POSC 2100, American National Government (3 hours)
  • POSC 2400, Political Science Research Methods (3 hours)
  • MATH 2120, Introductory Statistics with Applications (4 hours)

Elections and Voting
Choose one of the following courses:

  • POSC 3140, Political Behavior (3 hours)
  • POSC 3150, American Political Parties (3 hours)

American Political Institutions
Choose one of the following courses:

  • POSC 3211, The Congress (3 hours)
  • POSC 3212, The Presidency (3 hours)

International Politics
Choose one of the following courses:

  • POSC 3300, International Politics (3 hours)
  • POSC 3310, Security and Peace Studies (3 hours)
  • POSC 3330, American Foreign Policy (3 hours)

Comparative Politics
Choose one of the following courses:

  • POSC 3400, Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • POSC 3420, Issues in Contemporary Democracy (3 hours)

Senior Capstone
Majors are required to take the following course:

  • POSC 4930, Senior Seminar (1 hour)

Electives
Remaining hours from additional POSC courses, with at least 6 hours from upper-division courses (3000 - level or above). No more than 5 credit hours from POSC 2810, 2840, 4800, and 4810 may be applied toward the major. POSC 4700 does not apply toward the major.

View the Undergraduate Catalog for full course descriptions.