Degrees and Programs
To graduate with a political science major, students must complete 33 credit hours, normally 11 courses, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the department. All majors must complete two introductory courses:
PSC 101: Politics and PSC 102: Empirical Analysis,preferably by the end of their sophomore year.
Additionally, majors must take one course in each of the four major subfields:
and international relations
(see the Major Fields Table below).
Students must also complete four PSC electives, which can be any four PSC courses of their choosing. HPM 408 and SOC 342 may also count as PSC electives towards completion of the degree.
Finally, all majors take a Capstone Seminar, typically during the senior year.
PSC 201-American Politics
PSC 211-Public Administration
PSC 300-Law and Society
PSC 303-Urban Politics
PSC 305-Legislative Process
PSC 306-The American Presidency
PSC 310-American Foreign Policy
PSC 311-American Constitutional Law
PSC 312-Civil Liberties
PSC 315- Elections and Electoral Behavior
PSC 316-Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 317-Comparative State Politics
PSC 318-American Public Policy
PSC 319-Political Attitudes and Public Opinion
PSC 416-Race and Politics in the Americas
PSC 425-Mass Media and Politics
PSC 205-Comparative Politics
PSC 320–Comparative Asian Politics & Government
PSC 324–Gov’t. and Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union
PSC 325–Comparative Revolutions
PSC 329-Middle East Politics
PSC 333–European Politics
PSC 334–African Politics
PSC 336-Latin American Politics
PSC 416–Race and Politics in the Americas
PSC 204-Political Theory
PSC 341-Classical Political Theory
PSC 342-Modern Political Theory
PSC 343-Contemporary Political Theory
PSC 344-Democratic Theory
PSC 348-American Political Theory
PSC 207-International Relations
Requirements: To graduate with a political science minor, students must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours), including PSC 101 and PSC 102, plus four more political science courses of their choosing.
Political Honors Program
The Political Science Department’s Honors Program is for qualified juniors and seniors.
The Honors Program requires:
Twelve courses in Political Science (instead of the normal eleven)
At least one seminar course in Political Science
A two-semester thesis project (during the senior year) under the guidance of a member of the faculty
Students interested in the Department’s Honors Program should have an outstanding record and should talk with faculty about the process during their junior year. Successful completion of the Political Science Honors Program will be noted on the student’s academic transcripts.