Journalism and Political Science, BA

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (CI), Interpreting Culture (IC), Understanding Societies and Institutions (SI), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), Engaging Difference and Diversity (DD), and Employing Ethical Reasoning (ER) are met through the major requirements. All other Nupath requirements must be met through electives. 

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Journalism Major Requirements

Journalism Introductory Course
JRNL 1150Understanding Today’s News4
Journalism Foundations
Must receive a C or better in the following:
JRNL 1101
and JRNL 1102
Journalism 1: Fundamentals of Reporting
and Journalist’s Toolbox
5
JRNL 2201Journalism 2: Intermediate Reporting4
JRNL 2301Visual Storytelling in Journalism4
JRNL 3610Digital Storytelling and Social Media4
Ethics
JRNL 4650Ethics and Issues in Journalism4
Journalism Electives
Take three JRNL courses.12

Political Science Requirements

Political Science Foundation Courses
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2399Research Methods in Political Science4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Thought
POLS 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
POLS 2328Modern Political Thought4
POLS 2330American Political Thought4
POLS 2332Contemporary Political Thought4
Political Science Capstone or Thesis
Complete one of the following:4
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis
Political Science Electives
Complete two upper-division POLS courses or complete a concentration from the following list:8
POLS 2300 to POLS 5999

Political Science Concentrations (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your advisor so that it may be added to your record. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

Integrative Requirement

JRNL 3550The First Amendment and the Media4
COMM 3320Political Communication4
or POLS 3320 Politics and Mass Media

Journalism and Political Science Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 84 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Concentration in American Political Institutions

Complete four of the following:16
State and Local Politics
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
The American Presidency
Public Policy and Administration
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections

 

Concentration in Campaigns and Elections

Required Courses
With advisor approval, a co-op or internship may be substituted in place of POLS 4947:
POLS 3160Campaign Strategy4
POLS 49474
Campaigns and Elections Electives
If POLS 4947 was replaced by a co-op or internship, an additional elective must be taken.
Complete two of the following:8
Urban Policies and Politics
POLS 2355
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Local Campaigns and Elections
Politics and Mass Media
POLS 3402
POLS 3304

 

Concentration in Comparative Politics

Theoretical Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Religion and Politics
Nationalism
Civil-Military Relations
Politics of Developing Nations
Regional Requirements
Complete two of the following:8
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
POLS 3445
POLS 3450
POLS 3460
Government and Politics in the Middle East
POLS 3475
POLS 3480
POLS 3485
Experiential/Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Model Arab League
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: Government and Politics Abroad

Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics 

Core Course
POLS 3418Nationalism4
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Politics of Poverty
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Religion and Politics
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Law and Society

 

Concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy

Experiential/Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Model United Nations
Model Arab League
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: International Politics Abroad
Core Courses
Complete three of the following:12
International Political Economy
International Law
International Organizations
International Security
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Arab-Israeli Conflict

 

Concentration in Law and Legal Studies

Complete four of the following:16
American Political Thought
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties

 

Concentration in Public Policy

Core Requirement
POLS 3307Public Policy and Administration4
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Bureaucracy and Government Organizations
Budgeting and Taxation
Business and Government
Urban Policies and Politics
State and Local Politics
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
U.S. Foreign Policy

 

Concentration in Security Studies

Complete four of the following:16
International Security
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Foreign Policy
Civil-Military Relations
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Politics of Developing Nations
Model NATO