Department of Political Science

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

  1. Graduates will have a basic understanding of political science, political processes, and the role of politics in social affairs.
  2. Students will demonstrate ability to quantitatively analyze political information.
  3. Graduates will have knowledge of politics outside the United States.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics*  6  Literature  3
     Social Sciences  
     Social Sciences2  6 
Science    Arts  
BIOS3 3  Arts Elective4 3
BIOS or Physical Science3 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Literature 3  Foreign Language 2001/1002 (3 or 6)
Social Science 2000+ 6  General Electives in Social Science and/or Humanities at 3000+6  12
Electives 21    
    Total 45 or 48
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
POLI 2151  3  POLI 2900  3
POLI 2600 or POLI 2700  3  POLI 4999  1
    Total 10
Political Science (No Concentration)
Course Name/# Credit Hours Course Name/#  Credit Hours 
POLI 3000+ 187  Political Science Elective, any level  6
     Total  24
Pre-Law Concentration
Course Name/ # Credit Hours Course Name/ # Credit Hours
POLI 2200 3 POLI 4170, 4410, 4420, 4440, 4630, 4640, 4650, 4670, 4780,
4820, 4840, 4860, 4870 or 4885. (choose 3)
9
Political Science Elective, 3000+ 97  Political Science Elective, any level  3
ENGL 2151, 2152, 2155, or 4158 3    
    Total 27
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120

 * See General Course Requirements and Approved Electives in the Liberal Arts section. 

  1. "C" or better required.
  2. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science; 3 hours in another science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS but either the 3 hour science or the 6-hour science sequence must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. From FA, MUS, theater or film/video-related FTA. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or six credit hours in two languages.
  6. Students must complete elective hours at the 3000 level or above in a social science (other than political science) and/or the humanities.
  7. At least one 3000 level or above political science course must be in US politics and at least one 3000+ political science course must be in Comparative Politics or International Relations.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
FORL 1001  3  FORL 1002  3
BIOS  3  Other Physical Science  3
MATH 1031, etc.  3  Other MATH  3
POLI 1010  3  POLI 2151  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Literature  3  Literature  3
FORL 2001  3  Approved Arts  3
Other Physical Science  3  Other Social Science or Humanities  3
POLI 2600 or 2700  3  POLI Elective  3
Elective  3  Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Other Social Science or Humanities  3 Other Social Science or Humanities  3
POLI 2900  3  Any POLI course at 3000+ level  3
Any POLI course at 3000+ level in US Politics  3  Electives  6
Any POLI course at 3000+ level in International or Comparative  3     
Elective  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Other Social Science or Humanities  3  Electives      13
POLI Elective course at 3000+ level  6    
Electives  3    
POLI 4990 Capstone  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 13
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Minor in Political Science

Students must complete 18 credit hours in Political Science, including Political Science 2151 and 2600 or 2700. The remaining twelve hours are to be chosen from Political Science courses at the 3000 level or above. A 2.0 average must be achieved in these courses in order to earn the Minor.

Minor in Political Science with Pre-Law Concentration

Students must complete 18 credit hours in political science, including Political Science 2151, and 2600 or 2700. The remaining 12 hours are to be chosen from Political Science 2450, 4410, 4420, 4440, 4640, and 4860. A 2.0 average must be achieved in these courses in order to earn the Minor.

Honors in Political Science

An honors program is available to superior students majoring in political science. Successful completion of the program results in graduation with Honors in Political Science. For admission to the program, a student must have grade-point averages of at least 3.25 cumulative and at least 3.5 in psychology courses and must have permission of the department and the Honors Program director. Before graduation, the student must take six hours of Senior Thesis (POLI 4991), resulting in an acceptable honors thesis.

Students concentrating in political science must complete 34 hours in their major, including courses POLI 2151, 2600 or 2700, 2900, and 4999 as well as six hours in math above 1022.

The nine hours in foreign language must be in the same language. Alternatively, students may opt to take 12 hours in two foreign languages (6 hours in each of two languages). If the 12-hour option is chosen, it reduces approved electives by 3 hours. Be sure that there is at least one humanities course at or above the 2000 level among the electives.

Students must also demonstrate oral communication competence, either by passing Film and Theatre Arts 2650 or 2660, or by satisfying the significant oral component of any course that includes such a component.

Students with 45 hours or more who have not completed Political Science 2900 are advised to take that course at the first opportunity.

At least 18 hours in political science must be chosen from courses numbered  3000 or above. At least one 3000 or above Political Science course must be chosen in U.S. politics: POLI 4170, 4210, 4600, 4601, 4621, 4630, 4640, 4650, 4653. At least one 3000 or above Political Science course must be chosen from the fields of comparative politics (course numbers beginning with ‘47’) and/or international relations (course numbers beginning with ‘48’).

Students shall select 12 additional hours in humanities and social sciences (other than political science) at or above the 3000 level and 35 additional hours in any field. The curriculum must include at least 6 hours of humanities at 2000 or above and at least 3 hours of social sciences other than political science.