Political Science, BS

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.

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
POLS 4701Political Science Senior Capstone4
or POLS 4703 Senior Thesis

Political Science Experiential Learning Requirement

Note: Up to two credit-bearing courses count toward political science electives.
Complete one course or experience from 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 eight political science electives with a minimum of six numbered 2000 or above.32

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 60 semester hours in the major.

Upper-Division Electives

Note: Courses used as upper-division electives do not count toward the major or the NU Core.
Complete three general electives numbered 3000 or above.12

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

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11554POLS 11504Vacation0Vacation0
POLS 11560POLS 11510  
Elective4MATH 12154  
Elective4Elective4  
POLS 10001POLS 11604  
ENGW 11114POLS 11610  
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 23994POLS 24004Vacation0Co-op0
POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4Elective4  
Elective4POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
EESH 20001EESH 20001  
 17 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Political theory course4POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4Co-op0
 POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0ENGW 33154Upper division elective4Co-op0
 POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4 
 Upper division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0POLS 47014  
 POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
 Upper divison elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 131

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 11554POLS 11504Vacation0Vacation0
POLS 11560POLS 11510  
Elective4MATH 12154  
Elective4Elective4  
POLS 10001POLS 11604  
ENGW 11114POLS 11610  
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 23994Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Elective4  Elective4
POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4   
POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Political theory course4Co-op0Co-op0POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4
Elective4  Elective4
Elective4   
POLS 24004   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ENGW 33154Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4   
Upper division elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4POLS 47014  
POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4POLS intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
Upper division elective4Upper divison elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130