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Political Science Majors are required to have a minimum of 36 credits. The required courses make up 15 of the 36 credits. The remaining 21 credits are to include one course from the four different subfields in groups one through four (group five & six will count as electives towards the major).

Required Courses

Political Science 101/101Q: Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 105/105Q: American Government and Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 115/115Q: International Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 245: Political Methodology (3 credits)

Political Science 401: Political Analysis (3 credits)

Group One: American Government Courses

Political Science Majors must complete one course from the list of Group One American Government courses.

Political Science 253: Introduction to Law (3 credits)

Political Science 302: Civil Liberties in the United States (3 credits)

Political Science 304: Race & Ethnicity in U.S. Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 305: Constitutional Law & Judicial Policy-Making (1) (3 credits)

Political Science 306: Constitutional Law & Judicial Policy-Making (2) (3 credits)

Political Science 310: Urban Government (3 credits)

Political Science 315: Policy Analysis (3 credits)

Political Science 316: Environmental Law (3 credits)

Political Science 321: American Public Policy (3 credits)

Political Science 324: U.S. Presidency (3 credits)

Political Science 330: Discrimination & Legal Remedies (3 credits)

Political Science 335: State and Local Government (3 credits)

Political Science 350: Elections & Political Behavior (3 credits)

Political Science 354: Science, Politics and Policy (3 credits)

Political Science 357: Environmental Policy (3 credits)

Political Science 365: Congress in the American Political System (3 credits)

Political Science 366: The Politics of Urban Growth (3 credits)

Political Science 370: Special Topics (3 credits)

Political Science 380: Political Parties & Interest Groups (3 credits)

Political Science 392: Judicial Process in America (3 credits)

Political Science 394: Community Power Systems (3 credits)

Group Two: Political Theory Courses

Political Science Majors must complete one course from the list of Group Two Political Theory courses.

Political Science 349: Foundations of Political Theory (3 credits)

Political Science 355: Modern Political Thought (3 credits)

Political Science 372: Special Topics (3 credits)

Political Science 377: Foundations of American Political Thought (3 credits)

Political Science 378: Modern American Political Thought (3 credits)

Political Science 390: Feminist Theory: Optional Content (3 credits)

Group Three: Comparative Government Courses

Political Science Majors must complete one course from the list of Group Three Comparative Government courses.

Political Science 303: Women, Politics & Policy: A Global Perspective (3 credits)

Political Science 309: West European Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 311: Southeast Asian Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 323: Comparative Constitutional Law (3 credits)

Political Science 328: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (3 credits)

Political Science 336: Russian Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 339: Political Economy of Asia (3 credits)

Political Science 342: Gender, Law and Policy (3 credits)

Political Science 373: Special Topics (3 credits)

Political Science 379: Latin American Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 386: Politics of Development (3 credits)

Group Four: International Relations and Organizations Courses

Political Science Majors must complete one course from the list of Group Four International Relations and Organizations courses.

Political Science 301: European Union Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 308: International Law (3 credits)

Political Science 313: Politics of Genocide (3 credits)

Political Science 317: U.S. Foreign Policy (3 credits)

Political Science 322: International Political Economy (3 credits)

Political Science 352: Politics of National Security (3 credits)

Political Science 374: Special Topics (3 credits)

Political Science 376: International Conflict (3 credits)

Political Science 383: Latin America in International Relations (3 credits)

Political Science 388: Global Environmental Politics (3 credits)

Political Science 393: International Organization (3 credits)

Group Five: Public Administration Courses

Public Administration 102: Contemporary Public Issues (3 credits)

Public Administration 221: Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits)

Public Administration 307: Administrative Law & Procedure (3 credits)

Public Administration 361: Campaign Management (3 credits)

Public Administration 362: Public Personnel Administration (3 credits)

Public Administration 363: American Bureaucracy & Political Process (3 credits)

Public Administration 364: Administrative Leadership & Behavior (3 credits)

Public Administration 365: Politics of Emergency Management (3 credits)

Public Administration 366: Emergency Planning and Administration (3 credits)

Public Administration 369: Government & the Economy (3 credits)

Political Science 375: Special Topics (3 credits)

Public Administration 390: Comparative Public Administration (3 credits)

Public Administration 391: Environment & Energy Management (3 credits)

Group Six: Special Courses

Political Science 108: Essentials of Civic Engagement (3 credits)

Political Science 111: Culture and the Politics of Memory (3 credits)

Political Science 112: Power, Justice, and the State (3 credits)

Political Science 113: The Democratic Arena (3 credits)

Political Science 114: The Politics of Race and Sex (3 credits)

Political Science 116: Environmental Politics & Sustainability (3 credits)

Political Science 212: Study Abroad: Optional Content (2-6 credits)

Political Science 214: Politics of Food (3 credits)

Political Science 261: Environment and Society (3 credits)

Political Science 312: Experiential Study: Optional Content (2-6 credits)

Political Science 329: Political Psychology (3 credits)

Political Science 346: Queer Politics and Policy (3 credits)

Political Science 351: Political Film (3 credits)

Political Science 396: Internship in Government (1-5 credits)

Political Science 446: Independent Study (1-3 credits)

Political Science 456: Related Readings (1-3 credits)

Political Science 474: Honors: Thesis (1-3 credits)

Comments

No more than 6 credits in Independent Study and no more than 6 credits of Special Topics/Trial Courses may be applied toward the major.

The Political Science Department will not accept course substitutions from other departments for its Group requirement. It will, however, permit specific courses (see courses below) to be counted as electives towards the Political Science 36 credit requirement.

Urban and Regional Studies Majors may count the following courses toward the Political Science 36 credit requirement: 131, 300/500, 317/517, 320/520, 351, 410.

Interdisciplinary Studies Majors may count the following courses toward the Political Science 36 credit requirement: 235, 312, and Women’s Studies 370.

International Studies Majors may count the following courses toward the Political Science 36 credit requirement: 205, 206, 207, and 402.

Criminal Justice Majors may count the following courses toward the Political Science 36 credit requirement: 103, 212, 218, 270, 288, 319, 340/540, 348, 358.