English and Political Science, BA

The Department of English and the Department of Political Science offer an interdisciplinary combined major in English and political science. Students in the combined major in English and political science integrate the study of literature and writing with the study of political issues and problems.

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.

Experiential Liberal Arts

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

English Requirements

Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies

English Electives

Two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Diversity
Complete one of the following. You may reuse this course to fulfil an additional English requirement below:4
Literature and Digital Diversity
Early African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers Race
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-19th-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
17th-Century British Literature
Early African-American Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
19th-, 20th-, 21st-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
19th Century
The American Renaissance
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
20th/21st Century
The Graphic Novel
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art (Abroad)
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Literature and Digital Diversity
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
Writing Cultures
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Narrative Medicine
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Literature Course
Complete one of the following:4
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Literature and Digital Diversity
The Modern Novel
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers Race
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Boston in Literature
Film and Text (Abroad)
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Writing
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
English Electives
Complete two English courses not used above.8

 Political Science Requirements

Foundational Courses
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2399Research Methods in Political Science4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Thought
Complete one of the following:4
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Political Science Electives
Complete three courses in the following range:12
POLS 2300 and above that are not fulfilling other POLS requirements

Political Science Concentrations (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your adviser so that it may be added to your record.

Supporting Courses for Political Science

Complete one of the following to fulfill the prerequisite for POLS2400:4
Interactive Mathematics
Mathematical Thinking
Calculus for Business and Economics
Calculus 1

Integrative Requirements

English Integrative Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Writing and Community Engagement
Literature and Politics
Political Science Integrative Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Politics and Mass Media
Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Capstone Seminar
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis

Major Credit Requirement

88 semester hours required in the major

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required 


Concentration in Campaigns and Elections

Required Courses
POLS 3160Campaign Strategy4
POLS 3302Judicial Process and Behavior4
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
State and Local Politics
Intergovernmental Relations
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Local Campaigns and Elections
Politics and Mass Media
Presidential Nominating Process

Concentration in Comparative Politics

Theoretical Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Religion and Politics
Nationalism
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Politics of Developing Nations
Regional Requirements
Complete two of the following:8
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Arab-Israeli Conflict
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
Gender 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
Dialogue of Civilizations: International Politics Abroad
Core Courses
Complete three of the following:12
International Political Economy
International Law
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
Global Governance
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
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Politics of Developing Nations


Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
ENGL 10001ENGL 1160 or 14104VacationVacation 
ENGL 14004POLS 11604   
POLS 11504POLS 2400 prerequisite4   
POLS 11554English elective4   
Elective4    
 17 16 0 0 
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
ENGL pre-19th-century requirement4ENGL 19th-, 20th-, 21st-century requirement4VacationCo-op 
ENGL elective4ENGL theories and methods requirement4   
POLS elective4Elective4   
POLS thought course4POLS 24004   
 16 16 0 0 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
Co-opENGL comparative literature requirement4VacationCo-op 
 ENGL diversity requirement4   
 Elective4   
 POLS 23994   
 0 16 0 0 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  Summer Full SemesterHours
Co-opElective4  Vacation
 ENGL elective4   
 POLS elective4   
 0 12   0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours   
Capstone4Integrative course4   
Elective4English writing requirement4   
POLS elective4Elective4   
POLS integrative course4Elective4   
 16 16   
Total Hours: 125