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Political Science Major/Minor Requirements

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 (102, 131, 141, 151, 210, 220, 230) and at least one upper-division seminar (PO490).

Students must earn at least a C- grade for a course to be counted towards their Political Science major or minor.

Introductory Courses Hours
PO 102 Introduction to Peace Studies 3
PO 131 Introduction to United States Politics 3
PO 141 Introduction to International Politics 3
PO 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
PO 201 Research and Analysis (Required) 3
PO 210 Basic Political Thought 3
PO 220 Community Mediation 3
PO 230 Activism 3

 

Advanced Courses Hours
PO 310 Foundations of Chinese Politics 3
PO 320 International Relations 3
PO 322 International Conflict and Peace Building 3
PO 324 The United States in the Asia Pacific 3
PO 326 Chinese Foreign Policy 3
PO 328 Politics of China's Development 3
PO 332 State & Local Government & Politics 3
PO 335 Racial and Ethnic Politics 3
PO 337 Politics of the Urban Experience 3
PO 350 African Politics 3
PO 351 Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Africa 3
PO 352 Comparative Political Economy 3
PO 354 Environmental Justice 3
PO 355 United States Foreign Policy 3
PO 356 Israel/Palestine Conflict 3
PO 357 Politics of Youth and Conflict 3
PO 358 Foreign Policy Making in Washington 3
PO 360 Political Regimes in Latin America 3
PO 362 Popular Participation in Latin America 3
PO 364 United States-Latin American Relations 3
PO 370 Government & Politics of Europe 3
PO 371 United States Parties and Politics 3
PO 372 The Role of Protest in U.S. Politics 3
PO 373 Public Policy 3
PO 377 Constitutional Law 3
PO 379 The Presidency and the Congress 3
PO 380 Topic in Political Science 3
PO  381 Ancient & Medieval Political Thought 3
PO 382 Modern Political Thought 3
PO 383 United States Political Thought 3
PO 384 Politics Through Film 3
PO 385 The Enduring Quest for Community 3
PO 386 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
PO 490 Seminar in Political Science 3
PO 499 Honors Thesis 3

Minor Requirements

A Political Science minor consists of 18 semester hours of PO courses, including PO201 and at least 9 hours at the upper division level (above 299).

Students must earn at least a C- grade for a course to be counted towards their Political Science major or minor.

Introductory Courses Hours
PO 102 Introduction to Peace Studies 3
PO 131 Introduction to United States Politics 3
PO 141 Introduction to International Politics 3
PO 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
PO 201 Research and Analysis (Required) 3
PO 210 Basic Political Thought 3
PO 220 Community Mediation 3
PO 230 Activism 3
Advanced Courses Hours
PO 310 Foundations of Chinese Politics 3
PO 320 International Relations 3
PO 322 International Conflict and Peace Building 3
PO 324 The United States in the Asia Pacific 3
PO 326 Chinese Foreign Policy 3
PO 328 Politics of China's Development 3
PO 332 State & Local Government & Politics 3
PO 335 Racial and Ethnic Politics 3
PO 337 Politics of the Urban Experience 3
PO 340 The Earth Charter 3
PO 350 African Politics 3
PO 351 Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Africa 3
PO 352 Comparative Political Economy 3
PO 354 Environmental Justice 3
PO 355 United States Foreign Policy 3
PO 356 Israel/Palestine Conflict 3
PO 357 Politics of Youth and Conflict 3
PO 358 Foreign Policy Making in Washington* 3
PO 360 Political Regimes in Latin America 3
PO 362 Popular Participation in Latin America 3
PO 364 United States-Latin American Relations 3
PO 370 Government & Politics of Europe 3
PO 371 United States Parties and Politics 3
PO 372 The Role of Protest in U.S. Politics 3
PO 373 Public Policy 3
PO 377 Constitutional Law 3
PO 379 The Presidency and the Congress 3
PO 380 Topic in Political Science 3
PO 381 Ancient & Medieval Political Thought 3
PO 382 Modern Political Thought 3
PO 383 United States Political Thought 3
PO 384 Politics Through Film 3
PO 385 The Enduring Quest for Community 3
PO 386 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
PO 490 Seminar in Political Science 3
PO 499 Honors Thesis 3
* Pending Approval

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum.  Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.