Political Science and Human Services, BA

The combined degree is designed to prepare students with skills and tools to advocate for social issues at all levels of society. Human services program students prepare for fields in the social change arena (nongovernment organizations [NGOs], counseling, and political advocacy). Political science students prepare to change and shape the domestic and international political landscape in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and public policy. Students engage in an integrated educational program that emphasizes experiential approaches to learning through service-learning, co-op, internship, and study-aboard opportunities. Upon completion of the degree, successful students apply professional skills in counseling roles, nonprofit management, political advocacy, or organizational and community development. Successful students are positioned to pursue law school, graduate school, careers in government and the nonprofit sector, as well as in teaching, journalism, legislative or lobbying positions, public relations activities, and work in international corporations and NGOs.

 

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.

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
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Political Science Electives
Complete three courses in the following range:12
POLS 2000 to POLS 5999

Political Science Concentrations (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your adviser so that it may be added to your record. 

Supporting Course for Political Science

Mathematics
Complete one of the following to fulfill the prerequisite for POLS 2400:4
Interactive Mathematics
Mathematical Thinking
Calculus for Business and Economics
Calculus 1

Human Services Requirements

Required Courses
HUSV 1101Social Change and Human Services4
HUSV 2300Counseling in Human Services4
HUSV 3570The Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy, and Social Change4
HUSV 4994Human Services Internship6
Human Services and Diverse Populations
Complete one of the following:4
Race, Identity, Social Change, and Empowerment
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression
Intercultural Studies through Human Services
Human Services Electives
Complete three HUSV courses.12

Integrative Requirements

Integrative Courses
POLS 3307Public Policy and Administration4
HUSV 3900Social Policy4
Research Methods
Complete one of the following:4
Research Methods in Political Science
Research Methods for Human Services
Capstone and Elective
Complete one of the following options:8
Option A
Complete POLS 4701 or POLS 4703 and complete one additional human services course that has not been used in previous requirements:
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis
HUSV 2000 to HUSV 5999
Option B
Complete HUSV 4700 and complete one additional political science course numbered 2300 or higher that has not been used in previous requirements:
Senior Seminar in Human Services
POLS 2300 to POLS 5999

Political Science and Human Services Combined Major Credit Requirement

Complete 86 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required


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
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
POLS 11554POLS 11504 
ENGW 11114POLS 11604  
HUSV 1000 or POLS 10001HUSV 23004  
HUSV 11014Foreign Language4  
HUSV elective4   
 17 16 0 
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EESH 20001Co-opCo-opForeign language4
POLS thought4  POLS 2400 supporting course4
HS Diverse Populations Course4  
Research Methods course4   
HUSV elective4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
POLS 24004Co-opCo-opPOLS elective4
Foreign Language4  HUSV elective4
POLS 33074   
HUSV 39004   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Capstone and Elective8POLS elective4  
HUSV4700 + 1 POLS course (Option A) or POLS4701 (0r POLS4703) and 1 HUSV course (Option B)
  
POLS elective4HUSV 35704  
Foreign language4Elective4  
 Elective4  
 16 16  
Year 5
FallHours   
HUSV 49946   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 14   
Total Hours: 128