Political Science

Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Minor in Political Science

Applied Social and Political Sciences

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


 

The major in Political Science provides an understanding of the political process in the United States by emphasizing constitutional principles, the interrelationship of national, state, and local governments; while also examining other political systems from a comparative perspective. The role of the individual in relation to the exercise of political power is examined with special attention to the role of coalition building.

Thus, students become aware of how to analyze and evaluate the ways in which individuals may make government more meaningful to themselves and to the masses of people comprising the bulk of the world's societies.

The Political Science major prepares students for graduate school, law school, numerous civil service occupations, and appointed positions with local, state, and national government. It also provides practical insights on how to seek elective office as a candidate or to serve as a campaign staff person.


Program Outcomes
 

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the methods, vocabulary, and concepts of Political Science
  2. Utilize information technology to access, retrieve, analyze and report social science literature and data
  3. Synthesize Political Science concepts and research methods and apply these to social issues and policy discussions
  4. Critically analyze political issues within larger historical and global contexts
  5. Demonstrate knowledge, professional competencies, and personal growth gained through applied research and community engagement activities
 
Core Courses
27 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
SOSC 304
3
Introduction to Public Administration
SOSC 310
3
Introduction to Basic Statistics
SOSC 407
3
Research Methods
SOSC 430
3
Social Applications
POSC 201
3
Intro to Political Science
POSC 301
3
U.S. Government
POSC 302
3
State and Local Government
POSC 303
3
Comparative Government
POSC 402
3
Political Theory
Program Electives
18 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
POSC 300
3
American Political Economy
POSC 305
3
Women in Politics
POSC 401
3
People Pol of Africa
POSC 403
3
International Political Economy
POSC 404
3
International Relations
POSC 405
3
Politics and Parties in North America
POSC 407
3
Urban Civilization in North America
POSC 408
3
Peoples and Politics of Africa I
POSC 409
3
Peoples and Politics of Africa II
POSC 411
3
Seminar in Practical Politics and Field Experience
POSC 412
3
African American Political Behavior
POSC 413
3
Nationalism and Revolution
POSC 420
3
Constitutional Law I: Federalism and Separation of Powers
POSC 421
3
Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POSC 450
3
Special Topics in Political Science
 
Minor
18 Credits

The minor in Political Science provides students with an understanding of the political process in the United States by emphasizing constitutional principles, the interrelationship of national, state, and local governments, while also examining other political systems from a comparative perspective.

Course
Crs.
Title
POSC 301
3
United States Government
POSC 302
3
State and Local Government
POSC 303
3
Comparative Government
POSC XXX
9
Advised Electives
Plan of Study
(see your advisor)

The following is a sample plan of study. This is not intended as a self-advising guide or as a substitute for seeing your academic advisor about your specific plan of study. Please speak to an advisor before choosing your course load each semester.

Year 1 (Freshman)
Fall Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 101
3
English Composition
MATH 125
3
Math for Liberal Arts
HIST 205
3
African American History I
IDIS 102
3
Music and Dance
SOCI 201
3
Intro to Sociology
ORIE 101
1
Freshman Seminar
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
ENGL 102
3
English Composition II
HIST 206
3
African American History II
PHSC 103
3
Physical Science
SPCH 105
3
Speech Communications
MISY 150
3
Technology Fluency
Year 2 (Sophomore)
Fall Semester
16 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
PHIL 102
3
Logic
ANTH 207
3
Cultural Anthropology
BIOL 101
4
Biological Science
WLIT 207
3
World Literature
POSC 201
3
Introduction to Political Science
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
POSC 301
3
U.S. Government
POSC 303
3
Comparative Government
SOSC 304
3
Introduction to Public Administration
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
Year 3 (Junior)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
POSC 302
3
State and Local Government
POSC 402
3
Political Theory
SOSC 310
3
Introduction to Basic Stets
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
POSC XXX
3
Program Elective
POSC XXX
3
Program Elective
SOSC 407
3
Social Research Methods
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
Year 4 (Senior)
Fall Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
POSC XXX
3
Program Elective
SOSC 430
3
Social Application
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
Spring Semester
15 Credits
Course
Crs.
Title
POSC XXX
3
Program Elective
POSC XXX
3
Program Elective
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective
XXXX XXX
3
General Elective