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Political Science Minor

Political Science Minor - International Peace Studies

Political Science Minor - Secondary Education Certification

Broad Field Social Studies Major - Political Science Concentration

 


 

Political Science

 

Faculty

Khalil Dokhanchi, Professor

Gloria I. Toivola, Professor

George Wright, Professor

 

Political Science Major

A minimum of 36 credits including:

 

Core courses:

POLS 101 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems                                 3 credits

or

POLS 150 American National Government                                                       3 credits  

or

POLS 175 The Making of the Modern Global System                                      3 credits

POLS 185 First-Year Internship                                                                       3 credits

POLS 260 Contemporary Issues in American Politics                                       3 credits

or

POLS 201 Politics of Sexuality                                                                         3 credits

or

POLS 202 Protestant Fundamentalism                                                              3 credits

or

POLS 263 Contemporary Issues in World Politics                                            3 credits

POLS 296 Research Design                                                                             3 credits

POLS 330 U.S. State and Local Government                                                   3 credits

POLS 485 Internship                                                                                       2-10 credits

or

POLS 499 Individualized Research or Applied Skills                                         3 credits

 

For a total of 18 credits, together with at least one course from each of the following categories:

 

Group 1: American Politics

POLS 465 Seminar in American Politics                                                           3 credits

POLS 367 Public Administration                                                                      3 credits

POLS 372 Political Activism and Strategy                                                         3 credits

LSTU 321 Judicial Process                                                                               3 credits

 

Group 2: Political and Legal Institutions and Processes                

POLS 450 United States Constitutional Law, Part I                                          3 credits

POLS 451 United States Constitutional Law, Part II                                         3 credits

 

Group 3: Comparative and International Studies                   

POLS 352 Introduction to Peace Studies                                                          3 credits

POLS 356 Reconciliation: Bosnia Case Study                                                   3 credits

POLS 431 International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes                           3 credits

POLS 476 Theories of World Politics                                                               3 credits

LSTU 363 Comparative Legal Systems                                                            3 credits

 

Group 4: Political Thought                     

POLS 454 History of Political Thought I                                                           3 credits

POLS 455 History of Political Thought II                                                          3 credits

  

Although not required, at least two years of a foreign language are strongly recommended for all Political Science programs.

 

Students majoring in Political Science are strongly urged to take ECON 235 and MATH 130 to satisfy the requirement for General Education.

 

Students should consult with their advisors regarding graduate and professional training and job opportunities in Political Science and related fields.

 

International Peace Studies Concentration

A minimum of 36 credits including:

 

Core courses:

POLS 101 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems                                 3 credits

POLS 175 The Making of the Modern Global System                                      3 credits

POLS 185 First-Year Internship                                                                       3 credits

POLS 263 Contemporary Issues in World Politics                                            3 credits

POLS 296 Research Design                                                                             3 credits

PSYC 317 Interpersonal, Community and Global Violence                               3 credits

POLS 352 Introduction to Peace Studies                                                          3 credits

POLS 356 Reconciliation: Bosnia Case Study                                                   3 credits

POLS 372 Political Activism                                                                             3 credits

or

POLS 367 Public Administration                                                                      3 credits

POLS 431 International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes                           3 credits

POLS 476 Theories of World Politics                                                               3 credits

or

POLS 454 History of Political Thought I                                                           3 credits

or

POLS 455 History of Political Thought II                                                          3 credits

POLS 499 Individualized Research or Applies Skills                                         3 credits

 

Political Science Major

at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A)

A minimum of 33 credits in Political Science is required, including the same array of courses for the Political Science major (Liberal Arts) with only four electives from the five categories and with the addition of POLS 339 Secondary Methods in Social Science Education and those courses required for a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Social Studies (see Secondary Education Certification).

 

Political Science Minor

A minimum of 24 credits including:

 

Core courses:

POLS 101 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems                                 3 credits

or

POLS 150 American National Government                                                       3 credits

or

POLS 175 The Making of the Modern Global System                                      3 credits

POLS 185 First-Year Internship                                                                       3 credits

POLS 260 Contemporary Issues in American Politics                                       3 credits

or                     

POLS 201 Politics of Sexuality                                                                         3 credits

or

POLS 202 Protestant Fundamentalism                                                              3 credits

or

POLS 263 Contemporary Issues in World Politics                                            3 credits

POLS 296 Research Design                                                                             3 credits

POLS 330 U.S. State and Local Government                                                   3 credits

 

For a total of 15 credits, together with one course each from three of the following four categories:

 

Group 1: American Politics

POLS 465 Seminar in American Politics                                                           3 credits

POLS 367 Public Administration                                                                      3 credits

POLS 372 Political Activism and Strategy                                                         3 credits

 

Group 2: Political and Legal Institutions and Processes

POLS 450 United States Constitutional Law, Part I                                          3 credits

POLS 451 United States Constitutional Law, Part II                                         3 credits

LSTU 321 Judicial Process                                                                               3 credits

 

Group 3: Comparative and International Studies

POLS 352 Introduction to Peace Studies                                                          3 credits

POLS 356 Reconciliation: Bosnia Case Study                                                   3 credits

POLS 431 International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes                           3 credits

POLS 476 Theories of World Politics                                                               3 credits

LSTU 363 Comparative Law                                                                           3 credits

 

Group 4: Political Thought                           

POLS 454 History of Political Thought I                                                           3 credits

POLS 455 History of Political Thought II                                                          3 credits

 

Students with minor in Political Science (Liberal Arts) should contact a faculty member in the Political Science program located on the third floor of Sundquist Hall for advisement.

 

Political Science Minor

International Peace Studies

A minimum of 24 credits including:

 

Core Courses:

POLS 101 Introduction to Comparative Political Systems                                 3 credits

POLS 175 The Making of the Modern Global System                                      3 credits

POLS 263 Contemporary Issues in World Politics                                            3 credits

POLS 352 Introduction to Peace Studies                                                          3 credits

POLS 356 Reconciliation: Bosnia Case Study                                                   3 credits

POLS 476 Theories of World Politics                                                               3 credits

 

Electives:

At least three credits from the following list of classes:

POLS 185 First-Year Internship                                                                       3 credits

LSTU 268 Alternative Dispute Resolution                                                         3 credits

LSTU 363 Comparative Law                                                                           3 credits

POLS 372 Political Activism                                                                             3 credits

POLS 431 International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes                           3 credits

 

Foreign language skills are strongly recommended. Students should have at least two years of foreign languages.

 

Political Science Minor

Secondary Education Certification

A minimum of 24 credits in Political Science is required, including the same array of courses for the Political Science minor (Liberal Arts), with only two elective courses and with the addition of POLS 339, Secondary Methods in Social Science Education, and those courses required for a Secondary Teaching Certificate in Social Studies (see Secondary Education Certification).

 

Broad Field Social Studies Major

Political Science Concentration

Students interested in teaching Political Science at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) are encouraged to consider the Broad Field Social Studies Major with a Political Science Concentration. Broad Field Social Studies is a comprehensive inter-disciplinary major designed specifically for students who intend to teach within the social studies disciplines at the secondary level. For more information, see the Broad Field Social Studies section of this catalog.