Political Science, BA/MA

Note: This curriculum reflects only course work to be taken as an undergraduate student. For additional course work to be taken as a graduate student, see the graduate program in the Northeastern University Graduate Catalog

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.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Undergraduate students apply to the PlusOne bachelor’s/master’s program through the graduate school. Once admitted, students may count a maximum of 16 semester hours of graduate credit toward the undergraduate degree.

BA Language Requirements

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

Introduction to College

Complete “Introduction to College” for your major.

Political Science Major Requirements

Political Science Requirements
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2399Research Methods in Political Science4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Theory
Complete one of the following:4
American Political Thought
Premodern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Political Science Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis

Political Science Experiential Learning Requirement

Complete one course or experience from the following options. Note: Up to two credit-bearing courses count toward political science electives.

Courses
Complete one of the following:4
Model United Nations
Model Arab League
Model European Union
Model NATO
Internship in Politics
Student Leadership Practicum
Community-Based Research Practicum
Co-op or Study Abroad
Complete one cooperative education experience or one study-abroad experience.4

Political Science Electives

Note: You may use four courses from the elective area to fulfill a concentration.

Complete six political science electives with a minimum of four numbered 2000 or above.24

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.

  • American Political Institutions
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Comparative Politics
  • Identity, Culture, and Politics
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Security Studies

Political Science Major Credit Requirement

Complete 52 semester hours in the major.

Graduate Courses Taken as an Undergraduate Student

Minimum 3.000 GPA required in all graduate courses

POLS 7202Quantitative Techniques3
Complete three courses from the following range:9
POLS 5100 to POLS 7978

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Concentration in American Political Institutions

Complete four of the following:16
State and Local Politics
Intergovernmental Relations
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
Presidential Nominating Process
The American Presidency
Public Policy and Administration
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Interest Groups and Public Policy
Politics and Mass Media

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 4947Campaign and Elections Practicum4
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
Intergovernmental Relations
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Local Campaigns and Elections
Politics and Mass Media
Survey Research and Polling
Presidential Nominating Process

Concentration in Comparative Politics

Theoretical Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Religion and Politics
Ethnic Political Violence
Nationalism
Civil-Military Relations
Politics of Developing Nations
Democracy in Comparative Politics
Regional Requirements
Complete two of the following:8
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
Government and Politics in Russia
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Government and Politics in Latin America
Government and Politics in Japan
China: Governance and Foreign Policy
Experiential/Practicum Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Model Arab League
Model European Union
Model NATO
Dialogue of Civilizations: Government and Politics Abroad

Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics 

Core Course
POLS 3415Ethnic Political Violence4
or POLS 3418 Nationalism
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Politics and Film
Politics and the Arts
Politics of Poverty
Music and Politics
Religion and Politics
Gender and Politics
Latino Politics in the United States
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Politics and Mass Media
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 European Union
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
Global Governance
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
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
U.S. Health and Welfare Policy
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
Interest Groups and Public Policy
Survey Research and Polling
Nontraditional Security Issues
Homeland Security Policy and Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
Community-Based Research Practicum

Concentration in Security Studies

Complete four of the following:16
International Security
Nontraditional Security Issues
Homeland Security Policy and Politics
Ethnic Political Violence
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