Political Science, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science provides a set of introductory courses to the discipline, followed by methodology courses, electives, and a capstone course. Students explore and analyze the many facets of American government, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy. With elective courses, students may choose from among a number of concentrations or follow their own curricular path. At the college level the Bachelor of Arts includes a foreign language requirement.   

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.

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.

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 in America and Abroad
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

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11554POLS 11504Vacation0Vacation0
POLS 11560POLS 11510  
Elective4MATH 12154  
Foreign language core course4POLS 11604  
POLS 10001POLS 11610  
ENGW 11114Foreign language core course4  
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 23994POLS 24004Vacation0Co-op0
POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
EESH 20001   
 17 12 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 33154POLS 23264Co-op0
 POLS 24004ENVR 52104 
 ENVR 33004  
 ENVR 33011  
 POLS undergraduate elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENVR 52504Elective4Co-op0
 POLS undergraduate elective4Elective4 
 POLS undergraduate elective4  
 Foreign language core course4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 127

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 11114POLS 11554Vacation0Vacation0
MATH 12514POLS 11560  
POLS 11504ECON 11164  
POLS 11510ENVR 12004  
ENVR 11014SOCL 12464  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11604Co-op0Co-op0PHIL 34804
POLS 11610  ECON 34234
ENVR 14454   
HIST 23424   
Foreign language core course4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 33154Co-op0Co-op0POLS 23264
POLS 24004  ENVR 52104
ENVR 33004   
ENVR 33011   
POLS undergraduate elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENVR 52504Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
POLS undergradute elective4   
POLS undergraduate elective4   
Foreign langauge core course4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
POLS 23954Elective4  
Foreign language core course4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129