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B.A. in Political Science

Total Credit Hours: 120

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Political Science, B.A.

General Education Curriculum (36)

For the full General Education Curriculum Policy and Requirements, refer to the GEC listed in this catalog.

MAT 1302 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Some courses listed in program “Major Requirements” or “Required Related Courses” (noted with an asterisk [*]) may be used to meet requirements in the GEC. Although these courses fulfill requirements in each area, credit hours for these courses, if taken for the GEC, may only be counted in the GEC.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.

Language Literacy (12)

English

ENG 1301 Composition I 3 Credits
ENG 1302 Composition II 3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 Credits
ENG 2326 Exploring American Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2327 Exploring World Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2328 Exploring British Lit 3 Credits

Speech (3)

 
SPC 1301 Fund of Speech 3 Credits

Analytic Literacy (7)

 

Mathematics (3)

MAT 1302, MAT 1304 (if allowable by major), or any math course with MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 or higher as a prerequisite.

Note: MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Arts and Sciences except for the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Education. MAT 1304 is not acceptable for any program in the School of Business and Professional Programs.

Science (4)

Choose 1 of the following courses with accompanying lab:

BIO 1403 Fundamentals of Science 4 Credits
BIO 1406 Contemporary Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1407 Animal Life 4 Credits
BIO 1408 Plants & Human Affairs 4 Credits
BIO 1409 Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics 4 Credits
BIO 1410 Introduction to Biology I 4 Credits
BIO 1413 Local Spring Flora 4 Credits
BIO 1414 Cats, Chromosomes & Codons 4 Credits
BIO 1415 Exploring Human Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1420 Introduction to Biology II 4 Credits
BIO 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits
BIO 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Credits
CHE 1403 Nature of Physical Science 4 Credits
CHE 1404 Physical Science & Environment 4 Credits
CHE 1405 Forensic Science I 4 Credits
CHE 1415 General Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHE 1416 General Chemistry II 4 Credits
CHE 1418 Chemistry in Context 4 Credits
NSC 1402 Introductory Astronomy 4 Credits
PHY 1401 University Physics I 4 Credits
PHY 1402 University Physics II 4 Credits
PHY 1410 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324 Fundamentals of Modern American History 3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:

FAR, MUS, or THA

Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311 Introduction to Jewish Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1312 Introduction to Christian Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1313 Introduction to Ethics 3 Credits
REL 1321 Introduction to Comparative Religions 3 Credits
REL 1323 Introduction to Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220 Basic Concepts of Wellness 2 Credits

Choose any two of the following courses with at least two different academic areas represented:

BUA 1301 Introduction to Business 3 Credits
ECO 2305 Principles of Economics I 3 Credits
FIN 1325 Personal Finance 3 Credits
GEG 2304 World Geography 3 Credits
GEG 2305 Human Geography 3 Credits
HUM 2340 The Human Experience I 3 Credits
HUM 2341 The Human Prospect 3 Credits
IST 2300 Introduction to International Studies 3 Credits
MCO 1302 Mass Media & Society 3 Credits
POL 2311 American Government I 3 Credits
PSY 1301 General Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 2342 Psychology of Everyday Life 3 Credits
SSC 2360 Social Justice 3 Credits
SOC 1302 Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits
SOC 2301 Intro to Sociology 3 Credits
SOC 2302 Social Problems 3 Credits
SOC 2390 Minority Groups 3 Credits
WSP 2304 Hon Sem Social Literacy 3 Credits
WSP 2340 Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative 3 Credits

Required Related Courses

English

ENG 3310 Advanced Writing 3 Credits

Foreign Language

Students are required to take twelve hours of foreign language credit. For alternatives, refer to Foreign Language Requirement in this catalog.

Philosophy

PHI 2301 Logic 3 Credits

Political Science

POL 2311 American Government I 3 Credits
POL 4302 Critical and Logical Reasoning 3 Credits

Speech

SPC 1301 Fund of Speech 3 Credits

ENG 3306, POL 4302: for Pre-Law track only

PHI 2301, POL 2311, SPC 1301* may be used to satisfy the GEC.

Major Requirements

Political Science

POL 2304 Introduction to Political Science 3 Credits
POL 3312 Political Theory 3 Credits
POL 3322 American Constitutional Law I 3 Credits
POL 3352 Internship/Capstone 3 Credits
POL 3328 Research Methods 3 Credits
POL 3340 Comparative Politics 3 Credits
POL 4351 International Relations 3 Credits

choose one of the following three tracks:

Pre-Law Track

POL 2314 Judicial Process 3 Credits
3 hours from:
POL 4307 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3 Credits
POL 4324 Trial Advocacy & Preparation 3 Credits
POL 4320 Moot Court Workshop 3 Credits
3 hours from:
PLS 3326 Family Law and the State 3 Credits
POL 3319 Criminal Law & Justice 3 Credits
3 hours from:
POL 3310 Civil Rights: Law and Society 3 Credits
POL 3323 American Constitutional Law II 3 Credits
3 hours from:
POL 3320 Legal Ethics 3 Credits
3PR 4302 Ethical Thinking and the Professions 3 Credits

Government and Politics Track

POL 3318 Legislative Process 3 Credits
6 hours from:
POL 3317 Political Parties & Pressure Groups 3 Credits
POL 4326 Public Policy: Theory & Analysis 3 Credits
POL 4370 The American Presidency 3 Credits
3 hours from:
POL 4332 Asian History & Politics 3 Credits
POL 4355 History & Politics of the Middle East 3 Credits
3 hours from:
POL 3316 Emerging Issues in Politics 3 Credits
POL 4321 International Law 3 Credits

Global Studies Track

POL 3316 Emerging Issues in Politics 3 Credits
POL 4321 International Law 3 Credits
6 hours from:
POL 4332 Asian History & Politics 3 Credits
POL 4355 History & Politics of the Middle East 3 Credits
POL 3331 European Governments 3 Credits
POL 4322 Foreign Policy of the United States 3 Credits
3 hours from:
POL 4328 International Political Economy 3 Credits
POL 4316 International Organizations 3 Credits

Electives

The following electives are recommended for students majoring in Political Science with a Pre-Law track:

BUA 3311 Business Law I 3 Credits

The following electives are recommended for students majoring in Political Science with a Government and Politics track:

POL 4322 Foreign Policy of the United States 3 Credits
PLS 4306 Administrative Law 3 Credits
HIS 4323 History of Democracy 3 Credits

The following electives are recommended for students majoring in Political Science with a Global Studies track:

GEG 2304 World Geography 3 Credits
BUA 3345 International Business 3 Credits
ECO 2305 Principles of Economics I 3 Credits

Electives will be required if the student has not met a minimum of 120 hours in the program.

Total Hours (120)