Political Science B.A.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Foreign Language 2001 - Intermediate I3
Foreign Language 2002 - Intermediate II3
PHIL   2010Introduction to Philosophy3
POLS   2101Introduction to Political Science3
POLS   2130Introduction to Political Analysis3
Select one of the following. If any of the above are taken to satisfy Areas C-E, also select from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Business Economics
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Statistics I
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Major Requirements
POLS 5000+ - Senior Seminar3
Select one course from each emphasis:
American Politics:3
Legislative Behavior
The Presidency
Judicial Politics
Constitutional Law: Government Powers
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Politics and The Media
State and Local Government
Introduction to Bureaucratic Politics
Political Parties and Elections
Introduction to Public Affairs
Comparative Politics:3
Asian Politics
Latin American Politics
Gender and Politics
Ethnicity and Nationalism
African Politics
Survey of Comparative Politics
Politics of the Global North
Politics of the Global South
International Politics:3
Introduction to the European Union
International Relations
Human Rights in International Relations
Introduction to United Nations
U.S. Foreign Policy
International Political Economy
International Law and Diplomacy
International Organizations
International Terrorism
Political Theory:3
Modern Political Thought
Classical Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Feminist Political Thought
Students may select one of the following two options (12 hours):12
Option 1: Students may elect an emphasis by taking four (4) additional courses (12 credit hours) from any one area of study above, plus a senior seminar in the corresponding emphasis area, or students interested in legal studies may select four courses (12 credit hours) from the list of classes below for an emphasis in Legal Studies.
Legal Studies:
Judicial Politics
Constitutional Law: Government Powers
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Philosophy of Law
Human Rights in International Relations
Language and Law
Gender and the Law
Introduction to United Nations
International Law and Diplomacy
International Organizations
Legal Reasoning and Writing
Theories of Justice
Option 2: Students may select four classes (12 credit hours) of Upper Division Political Science Electives from any of the above listed classes or the courses listed below:
Political Science Electives:
Qualitative Research Methods
Environmental Politics
African American Politics
Southern Politics
Film and Politics
Language and Law
Selected Topics in Political Science
Field Internship in Political Science
Independent Study in Political Science
Minor - Required
Select an Area of Study Chosen in Consultation with Major Advisor15
Select 18 credit hours of Electives18
(A maximum of 12 hours of Internship may be taken.)
Total Credit Hours126

Other Program Requirements

  • Majors must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all upper level POLS courses.

Honors in Political Science

To graduate with Honors in Political Science, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (UHON   4191) over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


All Political Science majors, including students in the UHP, are advised by an advisor in the Carroll Building, Room 2244.