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Bachelors in Political Science

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Undergraduate Program

In Fall 2011, the graduation requirements for the political science major changed. The changes do not apply to the political science minor and political science-social science-secondary education option.

In our Political Science program we offer four areas of emphasis within a bachelor of science degree and two minor degrees.

Bachelor of Science

Majors in Political Science are prepared for further study at the graduate level or for a variety of careers. Many of our students become teachers or lawyers. Others work for a large corporation as public affairs officers or for federal, state, or local governments in numerous capacities. Some become reporters, lobbyists, or campaign managers; some have been elected to public office.

Areas of emphasis

American Government and Public Policy
This area is offered to students who wish to concentrate their attention on the American political process and behavior. National, state, and local political institutions and their administration are studies, as well as public opinion and voting behavior. Sample occupations.

International Relations and Comparative Politics
The International Relations emphasis is designed for students wishing to concentrate on comparative and international politics. A variety of courses is offered on the foreign policies of the United States and major world powers, as well as on international law, international political economy, and political behavior in industrial democracies, post-communist systems, and developing nations. Sample occupations.

Public Law and Political Philosophy
For students who wish to enter law school. Political science in considered one of the principle areas of preparation for aspiring law students and special attention is given to political thought, past and present, and the development of political and legal institutions. Sample occupations.

Political Science, Social Science, Secondary Education Emphasis
This emphasis is part of a cooperative, interdisciplinary program involving the departments of anthropology, economics, history, and sociology. Students choosing this emphasis must complete additional courses in education and teaching strategies as well as submit an application for admission to this emphasis. Please see the current Undergraduate Catalog for more information. Sample occupations.

Minor Programs

Minor in Political Science
For students who wish to major in another field, the Department of Political Science offers a minor in political science. Students must complete 21 credits in political science in addition to the requirements for their major. Students are required to take 9 lower-division credits and 12 upper-division credits from the following Course Offerings.

Minor in Canadian Studies
The Canadian studies minor is designed to complement any university major. The program is interdisciplinary in its approach and at the same time permits students to pursue their interest areas in Canadian studies. Students in business, health, education, and the liberal arts are encouraged to pursue the program. Upon successful completion of the 18 credit hours, students receive a certificate of completion from the Canadian government.

Minor in Political Communication
For students interested in developing knowledge and skills that transcend the individual disciplines of Political Science and Communication, the departments of Communication and Political Science offer a minor in political communication. The political communication minor provides students with relevant skills from the disciplines of both communication and political science to prepare students for study at the graduate level, or for careers at the developing nexus of politics and communication.

Notice for all Political Science Majors and Minors

The Political Science Dept. transitioned into its new course requirements for the Political Science catalog in Fall 2012. Many students will be considered legacy students.

Legacy students are the Political Science majors and minors, declared as of Spring 2012, who will be able to complete all lower division requirements that were in place before this upcoming transition (i.e., POLS 101, 102, 141, and 231). The Course PREREQ’s list linked here, reflect the current course numbers in the 2011-2012 catalog, the new course numbers in the 2012-2013 catalog, and the PREREQ’s that the legacy students must complete to take the courses in the 2012-2013 catalog.

If you have any questions, please contact your POLS advisor. We understand that there will be special circumstances due to studying abroad and other things, and we will work with all students to achieve a timely graduation.