History and Political Science, BA

The Department of History and the Department of Political Science offer an interdisciplinary combined major in history and political science. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of political systems and theories with the study and analysis of human history.

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.

History Major Requirements

History Colloquium
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
Introductory Level Course
Complete one course from HIST 1001 to HIST 19994
History Seminar and Historical Writing
HIST 2301The History Seminar4
HIST 2302Historical Writing1
Pre-1800 History Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Introduction to Russian Civilization
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Intermediate/Advanced History Cluster
Complete three HIST courses numbered 2300 or above. Cluster is subject to department approval.12
Advanced History
Complete one HIST course numbered 3000 or above. 4

Political Science Major 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
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 POLS courses numbered 2300 or above.12

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.

Supporting Courses

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

Integrative Requirement

Integrative Course
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to the History of the United States
The World Since 1945
The Holocaust and Comparative Genocide
American Conservatism from the New Deal to the Present
Capstone
Complete one of the following. (Public History concentrations take HIST 4903 & HIST 4904)4
Capstone Seminar
Fieldwork in History 1
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis

History and Political Science Major Credit Requirement

Complete 78 semester hours in the major. 

Program Requirements

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
Public Policy and Administration
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Campaign Strategy
Local Campaigns and Elections

 

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
Year 1
FallHoursSpringHours  
ENGW 11114POLS 11604  
POLS 11554POLS Thought course  
POLS 11504   
 12 4  
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS ThoughtCo-opCo-opForeign Language
POLS 23994   
Foreign Lanuage    
 4 0 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS electiveCo-opCo-opPOLS elective
PHIL 50014   
POLS 24004   
 8 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHours   
POLS upper elective   
POLS upper elective   
POLS Thought course   
 0   
Total Hours: 28