College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Political Science

Political Science Major Requirements

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Major Requirements

A Political Science major consists of 33 semester hours of which 20 hours are at the upper division level (above 299).  Majors must take PO201, plus three of the other introductory courses (101, 102, 131, 141, 151, 210, 220, 230) and at least one upper-division seminar (PO490).

Introductory Courses Hours
PO101 Introduction to Politics 3
PO102 Introduction to Peace Studies 3
PO131 Introduction to United States Politics 3
PO141 Introduction to International Politics 3
PO151 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
PO201 Research and Analysis (Required) 3
PO210 Basic Political Thought 3
PO220 Community Mediation 3
PO230 Activism 3
Advanced Courses Hours
PO310 Foundations of Chinese Politics 3
PO320 International Relations 3
PO322 International Conflict and Peace Building 3
PO324 The United States in the Asia Pacific 3
PO326 Chinese Foreign Policy 3
PO328 Politics of China's Development 3
PO332 State & Local Government & Politics 3
PO335 Racial and Ethnic Politics 3
PO337 Politics of the Urban Experience 3
PO350 African Politics 3
PO351 Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Africa 3
PO352 Comparative Political Economy 3
PO354 Environmental Justice 3
PO355 United States Foreign Policy 3
PO356 Israel/Palestine Conflict 3
PO357 Politics of Youth and Conflict 3
PO358 Foreign Policy Making in Washington 3
PO360 Political Regimes in Latin America 3
PO362 Popular Participation in Latin America 3
PO364 United States-Latin American Relations 3
PO370 Government & Politics of Europe 3
PO371 United States Parties and Politics 3
PO372 The Role of Protest in U.S. Politics 3
PO373 Public Policy 3
PO375 Public Opinion 3
PO377 Constitutional Law 3
PO379 The Presidency and the Congress 3
PO380 Topic in Political Science 3
PO381 Ancient & Medieval Political Thought 3
PO382 Modern Political Thought 3
PO383 United States Political Thought 3
PO384 Politics Through Film 3
PO385 The Enduring Quest for Community 3
PO386 Black Political Thought 3
PO 400, 401, 402 Independent Study  1, 2, 3
PO 403,404, 405,406 Internship 2, 3, 6, 9
PO 407, 408, 409 Student Apprenticeship in Political Science 1, 2, 3
PO490 Seminar in Political Science 3
PO499 Honors Thesis 3