Political Science

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Faculty: Giancarlo Panagia, Marie Paxton, Michael Zarkin

Political Science Courses

Program Goals

  • To develop effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • To engage students in critical, analytical, and integrative thinking.
  • To help students become effective researchers.
  • To improve collaborative problem solving and leadership skills.
  • To enhance global consciousness, a sense of social responsibility and ethical awareness.

Objectives

Political Science offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts academic major. With political science as its core focus, the major includes relevant courses from a number of disciplines. The curriculum stresses student mastery of a variety of allied subjects to enhance understanding of the global and domestic contexts of politics. The major prepares students for further study in law or graduate school; to enter public service careers in government or international organizations; to work in nongovernmental organizations; to work in the private sector, the policy arena, the political/legislative process; to work in domestic, transnational, or international/global civil society organizations, movements, or activism; or to conduct research.

The Political Science minor offers non-majors a flexible academic program for exploring politics in both the domestic and global contexts.  The curriculum can be designed to fit the needs of students pursuing a variety of careers including public service,  civil society organizations,  law, global affairs, business, education and mass communication. Students should work with their minor advisor to choose appropriate coursework.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required to complete the major. Additional recommended coursework may be taken in a number of disciplines, depending upon approved student interests. Students choosing a double major or minor in any of the fields included within the political science major may not apply a course to more than one major or minor. It is strongly recommended that students take DATA 220 (Introduction to Statistics). Moreover, while the Political Science major requires only 8 credit hours of a world language, students are strongly advised to take up to 16 hours (two full years, four semesters, or equivalent preparation) of a world language.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Political Science major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore requirements

Political Science Major

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Political Studies majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
II. Lower Division Courses
7
PLSC 106 Explorations in Politics (4)
PLSC 203 Courts, Law, and Social Justice (3)
III. Upper Division Courses
28
The following three classes are required (12):

  • PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy (4)
  • PLSC 390 Research Methods (4)
  • PLSC 490 Senior Capstone (4)
Take two of the following courses (8):

  • PLSC 348 Congress and the Presidency (4)
  • PLSC 355 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (4)
  • PLSC 359 Law, Politics, and Bureaucracy (4)
Take two of the following courses (8):

  • PLSC 306 Comparative Politics (4)
  • PLSC 315 Theories of Global Politics (4)
  • PLSC 415 Issues in Global Politics (4)
IV. Electives
15-16
COMM 336 Public Relations Principles (4)
DATA 150 Data and Society (4)
ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics (3) MATH 101 or above
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics (3) MATH 101 or above
ENVI 351 The Global Environment (4) ENVI 101
JUST 310 Law and Society (4)
JUST 350 Criminal Law (4)
PHIL 102 Critical Thinking (4)
PHIL 303 Formal Logic (4) PHIL 102
PHIL 312 Applied Ethics (4) PHIL 102
PLSC 300 Special Topics in Political Science (1-4)
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PLSC 401 Directed Studies (1-4)
PLSC 440 Internship (1-8)
PUBH 250 Global Health (4)
SOC 205 Social Problems (4)
SOC 372 Race, Ethnicity, and Class (4)
TOTAL HOURS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR 58-59

Recommended Plan of Study for Political Science Major

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year PLSC 106
Language I
WCore classes
Language II
WCore classes
Sophomore Year

PLSC 203
PLSC 367
WCore classes


PLSC upper division
Major elective

Junior Year

PLSC upper division
Major elective


PLSC upper division
Major elective

Senior Year

PLSC 390
PLSC upper division


PLSC 490
Major elective


Political Science Minor

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the political science minor. Students choosing a double major or minor may not apply a class to more than one major or minor except in the case of core requirements.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 12
PLSC 106 Explorations in Politics (4)
PLSC 315 Theories of Global Politics (4)
PLSC 355 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (4)
II. Elective Courses 8
Eight additional hours of 300 or 400-level PLSC courses
TOTAL HOURS FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR 20

 Recommended Plan of Study for Political Science Minor

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year PLSC 106
Sophomore Year

Four (4) hours upper division PLSC coursework


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Junior Year

Four (4) hours upper division PLSC coursework


Four (4) hours upper division PLSC coursework

Senior Year

Four (4) hours upper division PLSC coursework


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