Political Science and Communication Studies, BS

The combined major in political science and communication studies offers students the opportunity to integrate the study of politics and government with different forms and mediums of communication. Students complete core courses in political science along with core courses in communication studies that cover public speaking and persuasion. This combined major highlights the important role played by different forms of communication in shaping politics and government. 

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.

Political Science Requirements

Core Courses in Political Science
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Political Thought
Complete one of the following:4
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Premodern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
POLS 2399Research Methods in Political Science4
or COMM 2301 Communication Research Methods
Political Science Upper-Division Electives
Complete two courses in the following range:8
POLS 3300 to POLS 5999
Political Science Electives
Complete two courses in the following range:8
POLS 2000 to POLS 5999

Political Science Concentration (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
  • Identity, Culture, and Politics
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Public Policy

Communication Studies Courses

Core Courses in Political Communication
COMM 1101Introduction to Communication Studies4
COMM 1112Public Speaking4
COMM 1210Persuasion and Rhetoric4
Communication Studies Electives
Complete six of the following:24
Principles of Organizational Communication
Classical Foundations of Communication
Legal Argumentation, Advocacy, and Citizenship
Social Movement Communication
Great Speakers and Speeches 1, 1630–1930
Communication Research Methods
Global and Intercultural Communication
Communication Law
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Health Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Argumentation and Debate
Advocacy Writing
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Advertising Practices
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Environmental Issues, Communication, and the Media
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Health Communication Campaigns
Consultation Skills
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Advocacy Workshop
Online Communities
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Seminar in Communications
Special Topics in Communication Studies
Directed Study
Internship in Communication

Integrative Requirements

Integrative Courses
POLS 3320Politics and Mass Media4
or COMM 3320 Political Communication
POLS 2333Politics and Film4
Capstone Requirement
Complete one of the following. This course also counts toward the political science or communication studies elective requirement:4
Health Communication Campaigns
Communication and Quality of Life
Consultation Skills
Organizational Communication Training and Development
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Advocacy Workshop
Online Communities
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis

Political Science and Communication Studies Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 72 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required


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 Identity, Culture, and Politics 

Core Course
POLS 3415Ethnic Political Violence4
or POLS 3418 Nationalism
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 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
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