Bachelor of Arts in
Political Science

Semester Hours Required in the Major: 54

Prof. Loren Gatch - Director of Undergraduate Studies

Students aspiring to obtain a BA in Political Science must take a nine-hour group of common core courses: POL 2103, POL 2013, and POL 4993. The first two of these courses are designed to provide majors with the basic disciplinary knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue more advanced coursework in the major. Consequently, they should be taken as early as possible in one's course of study. The remaining course, Democratic Governance, is the Capstone Course for all majors, and should be scheduled for the semester the student anticipates graduation.

I. Core Requirements.............................................................9 Hrs

POL 2103 Elements of Political Science
POL 2013 Information Management in Political Science
POL 4993 Democratic Governance

II. Additional Major Requirements.............................................................27 Hrs

Beyond the 9-hour common core, all majors are required to complete an additional 27 hours within the discipline. The department strongly encourages students to plan their curriculum in light of their educational and career objectives. Given the varied fields of study within political science (i.e., local to global politics), it is highly recommended that students arrange, in consultation with a faculty advisor, a coherent and cohesive plan of study. To assist in this task, sequences of related courses, representing distinct fields of study within political science, are listed below. The name of a faculty advisor for each field, to whom questions concerning one's plan of study should be directed, is also noted. Additional advisement material is available in the department's main office.

American Politics - Prof. Loren Gatch: x5543
POL 1203 State & Local Government
POL 2413 Campaigns & Ellections
POL 4123 The Congress

or

Law & Legal Studies - Prof. Keith Eakins: x5275
POL 2203 Introduction to Law
POL 3203 Constitutional Law: Limitations
POL 4413 Judicial Process

or

International Relations - Prof. Randall Jones: x5270
POL 2303 Introduction to World Politics
POL 2713 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 4543 International Cooperation

or

Public Administration - Prof. Brett Sharp: x5526
POL 1203 State & Local Government
POL 2413 Introduction to Public Administration
POL 4413 Public Policy Analysis

III. Electives.............................................................18 Hrs