Political Science Major

 

BACHELOR'S DEGREE (BS or BA)

 
» Program Prerequisite: Not required for Political Science major. Political Science Teaching majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department). Teaching Majors are also required to take HIST 4500, Teaching Social Studies in Grades 5-12, for a total of 42 semester hours including HIST 4500.
 
» Minor: A minor or a double major is required.
 
» Grade Requirements: Political Science majors must have an overall GPA of 2.00 and a "C" or better grade in courses used toward the major (a grade of "C-" is not acceptable).
 
» Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; 40 upper division credit hours are required (courses numbered 3000 and above). Political Science majors are required to take 39 credit hours within the major; teaching majors must also take HIST 4500, Teaching Social Studies in Grades 5-12, for a total of 42 credit hours.

Advisement

All Political Science students are required to meet with a faculty advisor at least annually for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-6694 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Teaching majors are encouraged to also consult with advisors in the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education (call 801-626-6269).  (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)

Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study with the department secretary. There are no special admission or application requirements for the Political Science major. Teaching majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education Department).

General Education

Refer to General Requirements for either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts requirements. See specific requirements for the BA and BS under the major course requirements. The following courses will fulfill both general education and program requirements: POLS SS2100, POLS SS2200, and POLS SS2300. Consult with a department advisor for specific general education guidelines. Political Science majors are generally encouraged to take MATH QL1040 (Statistics) to fulfill their Quantitative Literacy Requirement and LIBS TD2804 to fulfill Part D of their Computer and Information Literacy requirement.

Students majoring or minoring in Political Science who transfer from another institution and who intend to graduate from WSU will be required to take, in the case of the minor, at least one class in POLS, and in the case of the major, at least two classes in POLS, including Senior Seminar. These classes must be taken during the calendar year immediately preceding graduation.
 
AP credit for high school American Government courses will be accepted for Political Science AI1100. It will count toward the total hours required for graduation and count toward the total of 39 credit hours required for a Political Science major. A score of "4" or above is required.

Major Course Requirements for BA

Language Courses Required to fulfill the BA (12 credit hours)

Majors obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science must take either a minimum of twelve hours of foreign language, or six hours of foreign language and six hours of language arts coursework that are primarily intended to develop a student’s ability to communicate ideas and concepts with others. The six hours of language arts coursework shall be met by taking any two of the following courses:

 

  • POLS 3330 American Political Thought (3)
  • POLS 4180 Theories of International Politics (3)
  • POLS 4360 Classical Political Thought (3)
  • POLS 4380 Modern Political Thought (3)
  • WS DV 3050 Feminist Theories (3)
  • ENGL 3210 Advanced College Writing (3)
  • ENGL HU/DV3510 World Literature (3)
  • COMM DV3080 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • PHIL 3020 History of Philosophy: Modern (3)
  • PHIL 3100 Philosophy of Language (3)
  • PHIL 3200 Philosophy of Democracy (3)
  • PHIL 3400 Great Thinkers in Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 4250 Philosophy of Law (3)

 

Note: any of the Political Science courses taken to meet the BA requirements may also be used to meet the appropriate Political Science requirements listed below. Also, any of the above courses may have pre-requisites not listed here that will need to be met.

Core Courses Required for BA (15 credit hours)

  • POLS AI1100 American National Government (3)
  • POLS 1010 Introduction to Political Science (3)
  • POLS 4990 Senior Seminar/Thesis (3) Fall Only 
    POLS 1010 is a prerequisite for POLS 4990

and two of the following:

  • POLS SS2100 Intro to International Politics (3)
  • POLS SS2200 Intro to Comparative Politics (3)
  • POLS SS2300 Intro to Political Theory (3)

Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements (18 credit hours)

See Additional Upper Division requirements in the "Requirements for Bachelor's degree" section of the catalog

Major Course Requirements for BS

Majors obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Political Science must take a minimum of twelve hours of coursework that emphasizes analysis of data, application of evidence based investigation, formulation and testing of predictive models, or address quantitative methods at a level that requires quantitative literacy. Three of these twelve hours will be met by taking POLS 3990, a core requirement for Political Science majors seeking a Bachelor of Science. The other nine hours must come from the following list of courses:

 

  • POLS 3610 Campaigns and Elections (3)
  • POLS 3620 Political Behavior (3)
  • POLS 4750 Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • SOC 3600 Social Statistics (3)
  • ANTH 4300 Anthropological Research Methods (3)
  • GEOG 3060 World Environmental Issues (3)
  • GEOG 4050 Quantitative Methods in Geography (3)
  • GEOG 4410 Land Use Planning Techniques and Practices (3)
  • ECON 3120 International Finance and Monetary Systems (3)
  • ECON 4170 Economic Development (3)
  • ECON 4520 Public Finance (3)
  • PSYCH 3600 Statistics in Psychology (3)
  • PSYCH 4760 Testing and Measurement (3)
  • SW 3600 Social Statistics (3)

 

Note: any of the Political Science courses taken to meet the BS requirements may also be used to meet the appropriate Political Science requirements listed below. Also, any of the above courses may have pre-requisites not listed here that will need to be met.

Core Courses Required for BS (18 credit hours)

  • POLS AI1100 American National Government (3)
  • POLS 1010 Introduction to Political Science (3)
  • POLS 3990 Quantitative Analysis (3) Spring Only 
    POLS 1010 is a prerequisite for POLS 3990
  • POLS 4990 Senior Seminar/Thesis (3) Fall Only 
    POLS 3990 must be taken before POLS 4990

and two of the following:

  • POLS SS2100 Intro to International Politics (3)
  • POLS SS2200 Intro to Comparative Politics (3)
  • POLS SS2300 Intro to Political Theory (3)

Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements (18 credit hours)

See Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements below

 

Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements for BA and BS

Take at least two classes in each of three of the five following areas of specialization.
° American Government and Public Administration
  • POLS 3600 Political Parties (3)
  • POLS 3610 Campaigns and Elections (3)
  • POLS 3620 Political Behavior (3)
  • POLS DV3630 Identity Politics (3)
  • POLS 3700 Intro to Public Admin (3)
  • POLS 3750 Urban Government & Politics (3)
  • POLS 3760 State Government & Politics (3)
  • POLS 4600 American Congress (3)
  • POLS 4640 American Presidency (3)
  • POLS 4700 Politics of Administration (3)
  • POLS 4750 Public Policy Analysis (3)
° Comparative Politics
  • POLS 3210 Politics & Governments of Europe (3)
  • POLS 3220 Politics & Governments of Asia (3)
  • POLS 3290 Intro to Politics & Governments of Developing Nations (3)
  • POLS 4280 Foreign Policies of Major Powers (3)
° International Politics
  • POLS 3140 Foreign Policy of the U.S. (3)
  • POLS 4160 Topics in World Politics (3)
    or POLS DV4160 Topics in World Politics: Third World Women (3)
  • POLS 4180 International Law & Organization (3)
  • POLS 4190 Theories of International Politics (3)
  • HIST 3230 American Foreign Relations (3)
° Public and Constitutional Law
  • POLS 4020 American Constitutional Law I (3)
  • POLS 4030 American Constitutional Law II (3)
  • POLS 4060 Elements of Law (3)
  • POLS DV4070 Sex Roles and the Law (3)
° Political Theory
  • POLS 3330 American Political Thought (3)
  • POLS 4360 Classical Political Thought (3)
  • POLS 4380 Modern Political Thought (3)
  • PHIL 3200 Philosophy of Democracy (3)
  • WS DV3050 Women's Studies Feminist Theory (3)

Other Elective Courses

Take any of the following as needed for additional credit hour total, or select additional courses from the courses in the five areas above.
  • POLS 2060 Freedoms (3)
  • POLS 2920/4920 Short Courses, Workshops (1-3)
  • POLS 3060 Mock Trial (2)
  • POLS 3150 Model United Nations (2)
  • POLS 3990 Quantitative Analysis (3) 
    (only counts as elective for BA)
  • POLS 4800 Individual Projects & Research (1-3)
  • POLS 4860 Internships (1-6)
  • POLS 4870 Internship in Perspective (3)
  • POLS 4880 Internship Research (3)
  • POLS 4830 Directed Readings (1-3)
  • POLS 4940 Topics in American Politics & Thought (1-3)
Students may count up to 6 hours of POLS 4830, 6 hours of POLS 4800, and 6 hours of POLS 4860 toward the total of 39 hours required for the major, if needed.
 
All Political Science courses­—as well as HIST 3230, PHIL 3200 and WS DV3050—count toward the total hours required for the political science major and minor. However, none of these courses, if they are being counted for the political science major or minor, may count toward another major or minor. Similarly, if any of these courses are being counted for a major or minor that is not political science, they cannot be counted for the major or minor requirements of political science.

Suggested Specialization Courses

Students who wish to focus on one of the six areas of specialization in Political Science (American Government, Public Administration, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Political Theory or Public and Constitutional Law) should take 12 of the required 39 credit hours in that specific subfield as listed below.

° American Politics
  • POLS 3600 Political Parties (3)
  • POLS 3610 Campaigns and Elections (3)
  • POLS 3620 Political Behavior (3)
  • POLS 4600 American Congress (3)
  • POLS 4640 American Presidency (3)
° Public Administration
  • POLS 3700 Intro to Public Admin (3)
  • POLS 3750 Urban Government & Politics (3)
  • POLS 3760 State Government & Politics (3)
  • POLS 4700 Politics of Administration (3)
  • POLS 4750 Public Policy Analysis (3)

° Comparative Politics

  • POLS 3210 Politics & Governments of Europe (3)
  • POLS 3220 Politics & Governments of Asia (3)
  • POLS 3290 Intro to Politics & Governments of Developing Nations (3)
  • POLS 4280 Foreign Policies of Major Powers (3)

° International Politics

  • POLS 3140 Foreign Policy of the U.S. (3)
  • POLS 4160 Topics in World Politics (3)
    or POLS DV4160 Topics in World Politics: Third World Women (3)
  • POLS 4180 International Law & Organization (3)
  • POLS 4190 Theories of International Politics (3)
  • HIST 3230 U.S. Diplomatic History (3)

° Public and Constitutional Law

  • POLS 4020 American Constitutional Law I (3)
  • POLS 4030 American Constitutional Law II (3)
  • POLS 4060 Elements of Law (3)
  • POLS DV4070 Sex Roles and the Law (3)

° Political Theory

  • POLS 3330 American Political Thought (3)
  • POLS 4360 Classical Political Thought (3)
  • POLS 4380 Modern Political Thought (3)
  • PHIL 3200 Philosophy of Democracy (3)
  • WS DV3050 Women's Studies Feminist Theory (3)

Suggested Course Sequence

The following suggested course sequence is provided to assist students in planning their schedules. Use this only as a guideline and be sure to consult with an advisor.

Freshman Year

POLS AI1100 (3), POLS 1010 (3), and one other introductory course such as POLS SS2100 (3), POLS SS2200 (3), or POLS SS2300 (3). It is suggested that students seek advice concerning the general education requirements of the University during the first two years of study.

Sophomore Year

One of the introductory courses: POLS SS2100 (3), POLS SS2200 (3), or POLS SS2300 (3). At this point it is suggested that each student meet with an advisor within the Political Science Department and plan out the three year course load within the five subfields, depending on the area(s) that the individual student is interested in pursuing. Continue to complete the courses necessary towards fulfilling the general education requirements of the University. POLS 3990 (3) should be taken during the spring semester.

Junior Year

Continue with the planned courses for area of interest within the five subfields to meet program requirements. Students should start concentrating on the upper division hours required by the University to meet graduation requirements along with those hours required for their minor area of study. POLS 3990 (3) may also be taken at this time.

Senior Year

Students should take POLS 4990 (3) during the fall semester. Finish the planned courses within the five subfields to make sure a minimum of 39 Political Science credit hours have been met.

 

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