Major

Premajor/Introductory Requirements

Field One – American Politics
PS 101 American Government  .....................................3 credit hours

Field Two – Comparative Politics
PS 210 Introduction to Comparative Politics or
PS 212 Culture and Politics in the Third World  ............3 credit hours

Field Three – International Relations
PS 235 World Politics.....................................................3 credit hours

Field Four – Theory/Methodology
PS 240 Introduction to Political Theory or
PS 372 Introduction to Political Analysis ........................3 credit hours

Premajor/Intro hours: ...................................................12 credit hours

Major/Core Requirements

After being introduced to each undergraduate field, Political Science majors must take an additional 39 hours of course work that combines both (1) courses within the discipline and (2) courses covering topics related to the discipline but offered by other programs. These 39 hours, of which 24 must be at the 300+ level, are divided as follows.

Disciplinary Courses (18 hours)
Students must take 18 additional credit hours of political science course work, of which at least 15 hours must be at the 300+ level. Note that PS 399 may not be counted toward this requirement. Eligible courses span all four undergraduate fields:

Field One – American Politics
PS 456G, 458, 470G, 471, 472G, 473G, 474G, 475G, 476G, 479, 480G, 484G, 489G, 557, 580

Courses on American Law and Courts
PS 360, 461G, 463G, 465G, 566

Field Two – Comparative Politics
PS 210 or 212 (PS 212), 410, 415G, 417G, 419G, 420G, 427G, 428G, 429G, 538

Field Three – International Relations
PS 430G, 431G, 433G, 436G, 437G, 439G, 538

Field Four – Theory/Methodology
PS 240 or 372, 441G, 442G, 545, 572

Note: PS 391, 395, 490, and 492 also meet this disciplinary requirement, although the fields will vary depending on the topic.

Courses outside the major (15 hours)
15 hours of related, non-political science courses, six hours must be completed in two different departments that are recognized for satisfying this requirement.

Other Courses (6 hours)
Choose six hours of PS courses (including 1-6 hours of PS 399) or approved courses from outside political science

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