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B.A. Political Science (40 hours)-effective March 2013
Courses for Admission to the Major (19 hours)

  • POSC 101 Introduction to Politics (3)
  • POSC 110 US Political System (3)OR POSC 150 Comparative Government and Politics (3) OR POSC 170 International Relations POSC 200 Political Inquiry (4)
  • POSC 202 History of Political Philosophy (3)
  • POSC 204 Quantitative Political Research (3)
  • POSC 220 Historical Systems of Power (3)
  • POSC 230 Governance & Public Law (3)
  • POSC 300 Political Inquiry and Writing (3)
  • POSC 304 Quantitative Political Research (3)

Advanced Content (15 hours, 12 hours must be 300 level or higher) Choose one of the following:

  • POSC 318 Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations (3)
  • POSC 320 Government and Policy Analysis (3)
  • POSC 322 Oceanic Governments and Politics (3)
  • POSC 330 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
  • POSC 331 Public Policy (3)
  • POSC 335 Issues of Terrorism (3)
  • POSC 338 Poverty and Civil Conflict (3)
  • POSC 340 Asian Governments and International Relations (3)
  • POSC 352 Ethics and the Legal Environment (3)
  • POSC 354 Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • POSC 356 International Legal Drafting & Transactions (3)
  • POSC 358 Comparative Law (3)
  • POSC 362 International Political Economy and Development (3)
  • POSC 364 Conflict Bargaining and Management (3)
  • POSC 366 Politics and Economics of the Developing World (3)
  • POSC 380 Political Future Studies (3)
  • POSC 384 The United Nations and Intergovernmental Organizations (3)
  • POSC 386 Pacific Regionalism and Conflict (3)
  • POSC 390R Special Topics in Political Science (3)


Electives (Choose four from the following):

  • POSC 310 Congress and the Presidency (3)
  • POSC 314 State & Local Governments (3)
  • POSC 318 Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations (3)
  • POSC 330 Intro. to Public Administration (3)
  • POSC 331 Public Policy (3)
  • POSC 332 Public Personnel Management (3)
  • POSC 335 Terrorism (3)
  • POSC 338 Poverty and Civil Conflict (3)
  • POSC 352 Ethics and the Legal Environment (3)
  • POSC 354 Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • POSC 356 International Legal Drafting & Transactions (3)
  • POSC 358 Comparative Law (3)
  • POSC 362 International Political Economy and Development (3)
  • POSC 364 Conflict Bargaining and Management (3)
  • POSC 390R Special Topics in Political Science (3)
  • POSC 420 Complexity and Public Policy (3)
  • POSC 480 Political Future Studies (3)

In addition, electives may include two of any of the following:

  • ECON 350 Economic Development (3)
  • HIST 423 Modern Nationalism & Globalization (3)
  • PMGT 300 Public Policy (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • PMGT 360 Disaster Management (3)

It is strongly recommended that all Political Science majors take a minor in a technical field such as accounting, conflict resolution, economics, computer science (with emphasis in database management or web design) or public management.

CAPSTONE & INTERNSHIP (6 hours):

  • POSC 410 The Constitution of the United States (3) OR POSC 420 Complexity and Public Policy (3) OR POSC 460R Pacific Regionalism (3) OR POSC 470 International Relations Theory (3) OR PMGT 499 Public Management (3)
  • POSC 498R Internship OR POSC 499 Research & Writing 

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Political Science Minor (15 hours)

Students may earn a political science minor by completing 15 hours from the political science offerings including at least two upper-division (300- and 400-level) classes. Other courses are to be selected in consultation with a member of the political science faculty.

 

B.A. Social Science Education (74 Hours)
See Secondary Education » Learn more.

 

Pre-law Advisement
There is no one special academic program undergraduate students should take to prepare them for admission to a law school. Most law schools prefer students who have developed good writing and other communication skills and who have a solid general education background. Courses in the social sciences are a good preparation for training in the law, and many lawyers find training in accounting and English to be a very useful adjunct to their legal training. For specific information regarding particular law schools and law school admission tests and requirements, students may consult the Department of Political Science.

 

Public Management Minor (18 hours)
Public management is concerned with how to manage government or non-profit organizations. A public management minor combines the management skills from business and the understanding of government from political science, and should provide students with added skills and knowledge to help them acquire meaningful employment within the public sector. A minor in public management includes a total of 18 semester hours, with no more than 6 used in the student's major. Courses are to be taken from the following:

Core Requirements (9 hours)

  • POSC 330 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
  • PMGT 300 Public Policy (3)
  • PMGT 499 Public Management (3)

3 Electives (9 Hours)—Select One from Each Group:

Group 1 (3 hours)

  • ECON 200 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • MATH 221 Principles of Statistics I (3)
  • PSYC 205 Applied Social Statistics (3) 

Group 2 (3 hours)

  • POSC 332 Public Personnel Management (3)
  • BUSM 310 Leadership Principles (Business Majors) (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • PMGT 360 Disaster Management (3)

Group 3 (3 hours)

  • POSC 314 State and Local Government (3)
  • POSC 150 Comparative Government and Politics (3)
  • POSC 170 International Relations (3)
  • POSC 475 Political Futures Studies (3)
  • POSC 460R Pacific Regionalism (3)
  • HIST 423 Modern Nationalism and Globalization (3)
  • *Or other course with Public Management Program approval.

 

Emergency Management Certificate (15 hours)
Emergency management is concerned with how to prevent or reduce losses that occur due to hazards, disasters (natural or man-made), and emergencies. An emergency management certificate provides leadership and decision making skills to be used in times of emergencies, and should provide students with added skills and knowledge to help them acquire meaningful employment within the emergency management sector. A Certificate in emergency management includes a total of 15 semester hours, with no more than 6 used in a student's major. Courses are to be taken from the following:

Core Requirements (6 hours)

  • PMGT 360 Disaster Management (3)
  • EMGT 490 Emergency Management Professional Development (3)

3 Electives (9 Hours):

  • PMGT 300/POSC 331 Public Policy (3)
  • POSC 335 Issues of Terrorism (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • PMGT 499 Public Management (3)

 

International Development Certificate (15 hours)
This certificate introduces and explores the economic and political foundations of international development and the growing world of international organizations (IOs), inter-government organizations (IGOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs). The certificate equips students with practical skills and knowledge to allow them to secure employment with development -related institutions and organizations. The certificate requires 15 hours of course work and an internship. Double dipping is allowed. Courses should be selected from the following:

Core Requirements (9 hours)

  • POSC 362 International and Political Economy and Development (3)
  • POSC 366 Politics and Economics of the Developing World (3)
  • POSC 204 Quantitative Political Research (3) OR MATH 221 Principles of Stats I (3) OR PSYCH 205 Applied Social Statistics (3)

2 Electives (6 Hours):

  • POSC 338 Civil Conflict (3)
  • POSC 364 Conflict Bargaining and Management (3)
  • POSC 460R Pacific Regionalism (3)
  • POSC 470 International Relations Theory (3)
  • PMGT 330 Public Policy (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • PMGT 360 Disaster Management (3)
  • PMGT 499 Public Management (3)
  • ECON 200 Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON 201 Macroeconomics (3)
  • ANTH 447 Applied and Development Anthropology (3)

 

Legal Studies Certificate (15 hours)
The Legal Studies Certificate equips students with the basic training and skills needed to engage entry-level legal positions. It introduces legal practice in international settings, international legal issues, and international legal organizations. It also strongly emphasizes skills such as legal analysis, legal research, writing within a legal context, and document preparation and submission in a legal setting. Holders of the certificate may also learn the differences between civil, common, and Sharia law as expressed throughout Asia, the Pacific, North America, and Europe. The certificate requires 15 hours of course work. Double dipping is allowed but no more than six credits may be used toward a student’s major. Courses should be selected from the following:

Core Requirements (6 hours)

  • POSC 354 Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • POSC 356 International Legal Drafting & Transactions (3)

3 Electives (9 Hours):

  • POSC 230 Governance and Public Law (3)
  • POSC 352 Ethics and Legal Environment (3)
  • POSC 358 Comparative Law (3)
  • POSC 410 Constitution of the US (3)

 

Criminal Justice Certificate (15 hours)
The Criminal Justice Certificate offers students a basic introduction to the field while also granting students practical knowledge related to careers in criminal justice. Holders of the certificate will learn about the basic components of US and international criminal justice systems. They will also understand the foundations of a successful criminal investigation and the features of criminology. The certificate requires 15 hours of course work. Double dipping is allowed but not more than six credits may be used toward a student's major. No more than 6 credits of this certificate may overlap with credits used for another major or certificate.

Core Requirements (6 hours)

  • CRMJ 301 Basic Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRMJ 371 Criminal Investigation and Criminology (3)

3 Electives (9 Hours): At least one class from each set

Set A - Theory

  • POSC 230 Governance and Public Law (3)
  • POSC 358 Comparative Law (3)
  • POSC 410 Constitution of the US (3) 

Set B - Skills

  • POSC 335 Issues of Terrorism (3)
  • PMGT 350 Crisis Management (3)
  • PMGT 360 Disaster Management (3)