Political Science and Government Studies, BS

The Political Science and Government Studies program includes a core of courses essential for all public sector-related careers, plus a systematic study of political and governmental institutions and behavior. It focuses on governmental services, political theory, American and international law, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, and research methods. This degree seeks to prepare students for careers, advancement, or graduate studies in government, politics, law, and other political science-related fields.

Program Requirements

No grades of D in upper division courses are allowed in the major. Upper division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F. 1000- or 2000- level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction.

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) 42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the B.S. Political Science degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) 118
HIST 2111Survey of US History to 1877 23
or HIST 2112 US HIST Since Reconstruction
POLS 2101Intro to Political Science3
POLS 2401Intro to Global Issues (if not taken in E2)3
Choose 3-4 courses (9-12 credit hours) of lower division (1000-2000 level) electives from courses with the following prefixes: AFAM, CRJU, ECON, FREN, HIST, MATH, PARA, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOSC, SPAN, WST.9-12
Upper Division Major Requirements9
POLS 4500Senior Capstone3
POLS 4490Internship - Political Science3
SOCI 4501Research Methods3
Upper Division Major Electives21
Choose seven courses (21 credit hours) from upper division (3000-4000 level) POLS courses not used to meet other areas of the major.
Upper Division Major Related Electives27
Choose 9 courses (27 credit hours) from upper division (3000-4000 level) related electives with any of the following prefixes: AFAM, CRJU, ENGL, HIST, HSEM, HSMV, LGST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOSC, SPAN, STAB, WST.
Free Elective3
Choose three hours of free elective courses. 3
Total Credit Hours120