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Political Science: American Politics (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for Political Science

Major: Political Science Concentration: American Politics Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Prerequisites (6 credits)

Requires grades of C or above.

POS2041 Intro to American Government (3 Credits)


Any 2 introductory political science courses with POS, CPO, or INR prefixes can be used

Core Requirements (18 credits)

Requires grades of C or above.

POS3733 Research Design for Poli Sci (3 Credits)

POS3734 Research Analysis for Poli Sci (3 Credits)

POT3003 Political Thought and Action (3 Credits)

PAD4003 Public Administration (3 Credits)


  • POS 3413 American Presidency
  • POS 3424 Congress & the Legislative Process
  • POS 3606 U.S. Supreme Court
  • CPO 4014 Comparative Politics: Frameworks for Analysis
  • INR 4603 International Relations:Frameworks for Analysis
  • INR 4703 International Political Economy

POS4930 Senior Seminar: Political Sci (3 Credits)

Prereqs: ALL 5 courses listed in the Core Requirement must be completed with a "C" or better grade and senior status

Major Electives (12 credits)

Select courses that have not been used in above areas.


  • INR 3084 Terrorism Today
  • INR 4334 American Defense in the Age of Mass Destruction
  • POS 3114 Issues in State & Local Government
  • POS 3142 Politics & Policy in Urban Government
  • POS 3235 Government & Mass Media
  • POS 3413 The American Presidency
  • POS 3424 Congress & the Legislative Process
  • POS 3444 Parties, Campaigns & Elections
  • POS 3606 The U.S. Supreme Court
  • POS 3679 Mock Trial
  • POS 3691 The American Legal System
  • POS 3931 ST: Politics
  • POS 3676 Great American Trials
  • POS 3615 Soul of the Court
  • POS 4033 Controversial Political Issues
  • POS 4173 Southern Politics
  • POS 4463 Interest Groups & American Democracy
  • POS 4608 Constitutional Law I: Powers and Constraints
  • POS 4624 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights & Liberties
  • POS 4905 Directed Individual Study
  • POS 4932 ST: Politics & Public Administration
  • POS 4945 Internship/Field Experience
  • POT 3075 American Politics & Popular Culture
  • PUP 3053 American Political Economy

Minor Required

A minor is required for this major.*
The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.
See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 hrs of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your advisor to declare a minor.
*(Double majors are exempt from a minor.)

Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures

All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete the foreign language or foreign culture requirement with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or American Sign Language.
  • Part 1 of languages are typically offered in the fall and part 2 in the spring.
  • Incoming Students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy this requirement by earning a "C" or better in a French or Spanish at the level at which they placed.
  • Students who choose this option may also be eligible for a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 credits of retroactive credit if they complete with a "C" or above in a 3000 level French or Spanish course.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, although in this case placement will be determined by the professor of the program.

FC Foreign Culture Option

  • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
  • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
  • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.

Free Electives (7 credits)


This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).