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Political Science: General Political Science (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for Political Science

Major: Political Science Concentration: General Political Science 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 the above areas.


  • CPO 3123 (FC) Politics & Society in Britain/Ireland
  • CPO 3213 (FC) Politics & Society in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • CPO 3151 (FC) Politics & Society in France
  • CPO 3351 (FC) Politics & Society in Brazil
  • CPO 3643 (FC) Politics & Society in Russia
  • CPO 4014 Framework Analysis in Comparative Politics
  • CPO 4034 Third World Politics
  • CPO 4930 ST: Comparative Politics
  • INR 3084 Terrorism Today
  • INR 3016 Global Issues in Contemporary Politics
  • INR 3443 International Law & Organization
  • INR 4334 American Defense in the Age of Mass Destruction
  • INR 4603 Framework Analysis in International Relations
  • INR 4703 International Political Economy
  • PAD 4027 Issues in Public Management
  • PAD 4832 Issues in Comparative Public Administration
  • PUP 3603 Medical Politics & Policy
  • POS 3114 Issues in State & Local Government
  • POS 3142 Politics & Policy in Urban Government
  • POS 3235 Government & Mass Media
  • POS 3413 American Presidency
  • POS 3424 Congress and the Legislative Process
  • POS 3444 Parties, Campaigns, & Elections
  • POS 3606 The U.S. Supreme Court
  • POS 3679 Mock Trial
  • POS 3691 American Legal System
  • POS 3931 ST: Politics
  • POS 4033 Controversial Political Issues
  • POS 4167 Urban Policy & Planning
  • 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 3615 Soul of the Court
  • POS 3676 Great American Trials
  • POS 4093 Politics of the War on Drugs
  • POS 4945 Internship/Field Experience
  • POT 3515 Good & Evil Political Perspective
  • POT 3075 American Politics & Popular Culture
  • POT 4314 Democratic Theory
  • PUP 3053 American Political Economy
  • PUP 4003 Policy Making Process
  • PUP 4506 Evolution, Society, & Politics
  • PUP 4612 Politics of Social Programs

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).