Students majoring in political science must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours in political science courses, of which a minimum of 18 hours must be in courses numbered 3000 and above. 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.
Political science course work must be distributed among these fields as follows: 12 hours in one field; six hours in each of two additional fields; and nine hours (or more) of electives distributed in any fields. A list of political science courses grouped by fields is available from the departmental office.
POLI 1001, POLI 3901, POLI 3909, and POLI 4001 may not be counted toward fulfilling field distribution requirements but may be counted as political science electives.
Although some courses are cross-listed in more than one field, no course can be accepted for credit in more than one field. POLI 2051 is required for all undergraduate majors.
Students interested in careers in law and government should consult with the department undergraduate or prelaw counselor.
Honors work is provided through POLI 1002, POLI 2052, POLI 3000, POLI 3896, and POLI 3897. A special curriculum leading to the BA with departmental honors in political science is offered. Details are available from the departmental office.
Political science majors must meet the general education humanities requirement by taking six hours of history and three hours of literature from the list of general education humanities courses.