Political Science Degree Options

Political Science Major

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 36 credits – POL 101, 201, 361*, 494 and electives, of which 18 credits must be at the 300/400-level. A maximum of nine credits from course numbers POL 370-377 may be counted toward the major.

Students are required to take at least one course in three of the four following subfields of the discipline:

  1. American Politics — POL 102, 205, 215, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 307, 342, 365, 410, 472
  2. Legal Studies — POL 221, 222, 306, 326, 329, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377
  3. Political Philosophy — POL 251, 350, 351, 353, 355
  4. Public Policy/Public Administration — POL 211, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 416, 420

Students are required to take at least one course in one of the two following subfields of the discipline:

  1. Comparative Politics — POL 234, 330, 331, 333, 334, 336, 337, 338, 339, 405, 433, 437, 439
  2. International Relations — POL 202, 244, 246, 340, 341, 344, 345, 443, 446

* MTH 145 is a required prerequisite of POL 361.

Each student majoring in political science should consult the current advising handbook and a faculty member before selecting a course of study.

Political Science Minor

(All colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 24 credits – POL 101, 201 and one course from: POL 361, 494 or 495 and electives at the 300/400 level. Each student minoring in political science should consult the current advising handbook and a faculty member before selecting a course of study. A maximum of six credits from course numbers POL 370-377 may be counted toward the minor.