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2017-2018 General Catalog
Louisiana State University
   
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 General Catalog

Political Science, B.A.


All concentrations follow the same path until Semester 5.

Political Science


CRITICAL REQUIREMENTS

SEMESTER 1: “C” or better in ENGL 1001 .
SEMESTER 2: POLI 2051 .
SEMESTER 3: Approved POLI Field Course; First Course in Foreign Language Sequence; Admission to the College.
SEMESTER 4: Approved POLI Field Course; Second Course in Foreign Language Sequence.
SEMESTER 5: Approved POLI Field Course.

Consult “General Education ” section of the catalog for the general education requirements.

Consult “Degree Requirements of the College  for this college for specific instructions regarding approved electives and foreign language requirements.

A list of approved electives is available from the department.

Semester 1


Total Semester Hours: 16


Semester 2


  • CRITICAL: POLI 2051 .

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  • POLI 2051 American Government (3)
  • Second Course in Foreign Language Sequence (4)
  • General Education course - Humanities (3)
  • General Education course - Natural Sciences (3)2
  • Approved Elective (0-2)

Total Semester Hours: 13-15


Semester 3


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course; First Course in Foreign Language Sequence; Admission to the College.

  • Third Course in Foreign Language Sequence (4-3)
  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • General Education course - Natural Sciences (3)2
  • General Education course - Analytical Reasoning (3)
  • Approved Elective (3)

Total Semester Hours: 16-15


Semester 4


  • CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course; Second Course in Foreign Language Sequence.

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  • ENGL 2000 English Composition (3)
  • Fourth Course in Foreign Language Sequence (4-3)
  • General Education course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • Approved Elective (3)

Total Semester Hours: 16-15


Without Concentration


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Social Sciences (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Approved POLI Courses (6)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Approved POLI Courses (6)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

American Government & Politics


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course.

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Social Sciences (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Second Course in American Government & Politics (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Third Course in American Government & Politics (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Fourth Course in American Government & Politics (3)3
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

Comparative Government & Politics


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Social Sciences (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Second Course in Comparative Government & Politics (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Third Course in Comparative Government & Politics (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Fourth Course in Comparative Government & Politics (3)3
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

International Politics & Law


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Social Sciences (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Second Course in International Politics & Law (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Third Course in International Politics & Law (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Fourth Course in International Politics & Law (3)3
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

Political Theory


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Social Sciences (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Second Course in Political Theory (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Third Course in Political Theory (3)3
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
     
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Fourth Course in Political Theory (3)3
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

Campaigns & Elections


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • First Course in Campaigns & Elections (3)4
  • General Education Course - Social Sciencs (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Second Course in Campaigns & Elections (3)4
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Third Course in Campaigns & Elections (3)4
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Fourth Course in Campaigns & Elections (3)4
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

Law & Legal Systems


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • First Course in Law & Legal Systems (3)4
  • General Education Course - Social Sciences (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Second Course in Law & Legal Systems (3)4
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Third Course in Law & Legal Systems (3)4
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Fourth Course in Law & Legal Systems (3)4
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

Political Analysis


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


Total Semester Hours: 14

Public Policy


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • First Course in Public Policy (3)4
  • General Education Course - Social Sciences (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Second Course in Public Policy (3)4
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Third Course in Public Policy (3)4
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Fourth Course in Public Policy (3)4
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

Race & Politics


Semester 5


CRITICAL: Approved POLI Field Course

  • Approved POLI Field Course (3)3
  • First Course in Race & Politics (3)4
  • General Education Course - Social Sciences (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 6


  • Second Course in Race & Politics (3)4
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Humanities (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 7


  • Third Course in Race & Politics (3)4
  • Approved POLI Course (3)
  • General Education Course - Arts (3)
  • Approved Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours: 15

Semester 8


  • Fourth Course in Race & Politics (3)4
  • Approved Electives (11)
Total Semester Hours: 14

120 Total Sem. Hrs.


1 - POLI 1001  recommended, but not required. If POLI 1001  is not taken, add three hours of Approved POLI courses.

2 - If two course sequence is taken in the physical sciences, the additional three hour course must be taken from the life sciences, and vice versa.

3 - Political Science courses are divided into four fields: (1) American government and politics; (2) Comparative government and politics; (3) International politics and law; and (4) Political theory. All students take Introduction to American Government (POLI 2051  or POLI 2052 ) and must take one course from each of the other three fields. Courses count in fields as follows:

American Government & Politics

General: POLI 2051 , POLI 2052 , POLI 4000 
Political Behavior: POLI 2030 , POLI 4026 , POLI 4028 , POLI 4030 , POLI 4031 , POLI 4032 , POLI 4034 , POLI 4035 , POLI 4036 POLI 4037  
Public Law & Jurisprudence: POLI 4020 , POLI 4021 , POLI 4023  
Public Administration: POLI 2070 , POLI 4011 , POLI 4017  
State, Urban, Local Government: POLI 2056 , POLI 4015 , POLI 4039  

Comparative Government & Politics

General: POLI 2053 , POLI 4060 , POLI 4062 , POLI 4063 , POLI 4064  
Western Europe: POLI 4074 , POLI 4075 , POLI 4076 , POLI 4077  
Latin America: POLI 4065  
Russia and Eastern Europe: POLI 4070 , POLI 4072  
Asia: POLI 4067 , POLI 4079  
Africa: POLI 4078  
Middle East: POLI 4061  

International Politics & Law

International Politics: POLI 2057 , POLI 4040 , POLI 4044 , POLI 4045 , POLI 4046 , POLI 4047 , POLI 4048 , POLI 4050 , POLI 4059  
International Law & Organizations: POLI 4041 , POLI 4042  
Foreign Policy: POLI 4043  

Political Theory

Political Theory, General: POLI 2060 , POLI 4090 , POLI 4234  
History of Political Thought: POLI 4080 , POLI 4081 , POLI 4082  
Contemporary Political Thought: POLI 4096 , POLI 4097 , POLI 4098  

Each field has a special topics course available that may be taken for up to 6 hours of credit when topics vary. These courses are: POLI 4000  (American Government and Politics); POLI 4040  (International Politics and Law); POLI 4060  (Comparative Government and Politics); and POLI 4090  (Political Theory). In addition, POLI 4996 , POLI 4997 , POLI 4998 , POLI 4999  may count toward a Political Science field with approval of the departmental advisor.

4 - Courses count as follows:

Campaigns & Elections

Political Behavior: POLI 4026 , POLI 4031 , POLI 4034 , POLI 4037 
Public Opinion: POLI 4030  
Comparative Elections: POLI 4063  

Law & Legal Systems

American Constitutional Law: POLI 4020 , POLI 4021  
Judicial Politics: POLI 4023 
International Law: POLI 4041  
Sociology of Law: SOCL 3371 , SOCL 4471  
Mass Media Law: MC 3080 , MC 3081  
Legal Writing: ENGL 3101  

Public Policy

Public Policy, General: POLI 2070 , POLI 4035  
Topics in Public Policy: POLI 4011 , POLI 4015 , POLI 4017 
Foreign Policy: POLI 4043  

Race & Politics

Politics & Elections: POLI 4037 , POLI 4039 
Constitutional & Political Thought: POLI 4021 , POLI 4080 
Race and the Media: MC 3333 , MC 3505  
Cross-disciplinary Perspectives: HIST 2061 , SOCL 2511