Political Science and Philosophy, BA

The combined major in political science and philosophy enables students to develop an integrated understanding of politics, political theory, ethical theory, and theories of justice. Successful students who complete the major will have the training to critically evaluate and assess public policies and social issues on both political and ethical grounds, including issues such as tax policy, immigration, environmental protection, trade policy, healthcare, education, defense policy, and much more.

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.

Requirements for BA

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

Political Science Requirements 

Core Courses in Political Science
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
POLS 2399Research Methods in Political Science4
Political Thought/Theory
Complete two of the following:8
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Premodern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Political Science Upper-Division Electives
Complete two courses in the following range:8
POLS 3000 to POLS 5999
Political Science Electives
Complete two courses in the following range:8
POLS 2000 to POLS 5999

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.

  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Identity, Culture, and Politics
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Public Policy

Philosophy Requirements

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
or PHIL 1215 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
Philosophy Restricted Electives
Complete two of the following:8
20th-Century Continental Philosophy
20th-Century Analytic Philosophy
History of Jewish Rationalism
Moral Philosophy
History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy and Literature
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Social Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Comparative Religious Ethics
Additional Electives
Complete four additional electives in philosophy or religion. 16

 Integrative Requirement

Complete the following:
PHIL 4525Philosophy of Social Science4
or PHIL 5001 Global Justice

Program Requirement

128 semester hours required


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 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
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