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Major 

To graduate with a political science major, students must complete 33 credit hours, normally 11 courses, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the department. All majors must complete two introductory courses:

  • PSC 101: Politics and PSC 102: Empirical Analysis,preferably by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Additionally, majors must take one course in each of the four major subfields:
    • American politics,
    • comparative politics,
    • political theory,
    • and international relations
    • (see the Major Fields Table below). 
  • Students must also complete four PSC electives, which can be any four PSC courses of their choosing. HPM 408 and SOC 342 may also count as PSC electives towards completion of the degree.
  • Finally, all majors take a Capstone Seminar, typically during the senior year.  

​                   Major Fields Table
​American Politics

 

 PSC 201-American Politics

PSC 211-Public Administration

PSC 300-Law and Society

PSC 303-Urban Politics

PSC 305-Legislative Process

PSC 306-The American Presidency

PSC 310-American Foreign Policy

PSC 311-American Constitutional Law

PSC 312-Civil Liberties

PSC 315- Elections and Electoral Behavior

 

PSC 316-Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 317-Comparative State Politics
PSC 318-American Public Policy
PSC 319-Political Attitudes and Public Opinion

PSC 321-Chinese Politics
PSC 416-Race and Politics in the Americas
PSC 425-Mass Media and Politics

​Comparative Politics
 

PSC 205-Comparative Politics

PSC 320–Comparative Asian Politics & Government

PSC 324–Gov’t. and Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

PSC 325–Comparative Revolutions

PSC 329-Middle East Politics

 

 

PSC 333–European Politics

PSC 334–African Politics

PSC 336-Latin American Politics

PSC 416–Race and Politics in the Americas

 
​Political Theory

 

PSC 204-Political Theory

PSC 341-Classical Political Theory

PSC 342-Modern Political Theory

PSC 343-Contemporary Political Theory

PSC 344-Democratic Theory

PSC 348-American Political Theory

 

 

​International Relations

 

PSC 207-International Relations 

 

   

 

 

 

Minor

Requirements: To graduate with a political science minor, students must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours), including PSC 101 and PSC 102, plus four more political science courses of their choosing.

Political Honors Program

  

The Political Science Department’s Honors Program is for qualified juniors and seniors.

The Honors Program requires:

 
  • Twelve courses in Political Science (instead of the normal eleven)
  • At least one seminar course in Political Science
  • A two-semester thesis project (during the senior year) under the guidance of a member of the faculty
  • Students interested in the Department’s Honors Program should have an outstanding record and should talk with faculty about the process during their junior year. Successful completion of the Political Science Honors Program will be noted on the student’s academic transcripts.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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