Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Bulletin: 2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin Program: Political Science Major, Public and Nonprofit Administration Concentration, B.A./B.S. Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Political Science Major, Public and Nonprofit Administration Concentration, B.A./B.S.

College of Liberal Arts >> Political Science, Public Administration, and Philosophy 

39 hours; 2.0 major GPA required

Political science is the study of government, politics and public issues, and the institutions and processes through which conflicts over such issues are resolved. The major is grounded in the field’s theoretical traditions and provides a strong background in the fundamental branches of the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, public policy, public administration, and political theory. Political science students develop analytical and methodological skills that permit them to critically assess contemporary political events and identify practical solutions to problems that arise in society and government.

The major offers a solid foundation for a liberal arts education, regardless of a student’s career objectives, and is particularly well-suited to those interested in government, law, teaching, business, and journalism. As undergraduates, political science majors have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field by working for political campaigns, serving as interns for the state legislature, working in local or state courts or other law-related organizations or interning in public and nonprofit organizations.

Students with majors in political science may earn either a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree, which has a two-year non-English modern or classical language requirement. Regardless of degree choice, students will select a concentration area in either 1) Government, Law and Diplomacy to prepare them for careers in politics, the law or international relations or 2) Public or Nonprofit Administration to prepare them for careers in managing government or nonprofit organizations. Students may earn a second concentration, but must have a minimum of 12 unique hours not previously applied to the major/concentration.

Political Science Core (12 credits)

Required Courses

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
POLS 102 - Introduction to American Politics

USI Core 39: Ways of Knowing-Social Inquiry; Social Science-BS.


Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
POLS 232 - Research Design and Data Collection

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing


Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
POLS 332 - Statistics and Data Analysis
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

One course selected from:

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
POLS 309 - American Political Theory

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing.


Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 445 - Ancient Political Theory

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing.


Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 446 - Modern Political Theory

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing.


Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3

Required Courses (9 credits)

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
POLS 104 - Introduction to Public Administration
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

 

POLS 271 - International Politics   or

USI Core 39: Ways of Knowing-Social Inquiry; Social Science (BS); Embedded Experience-Global.


Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring
Credits: 3
POLS 281 - Comparative Politics

USI Core 39: Ways of Knowing-Social Inquiry; Social Science (BS); Embedded Experience-Global.


Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3

 

POLS 490 - Political Science Internship   or
Term(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Credits: 3
POLS 499 - Senior Seminar in Political Science
Term(s) Offered: Fall
Credits: 3

Elective courses (18 credits)

Choose 9 credits of directed electives from the following courses:

Course NameCredits:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
POLS 203 - Introduction to the Policy Process in the United States
Term(s) Offered: Spring
Credits: 3
POLS 322 - Program Evaluation
Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 323 - Public and Nonprofit Personnel Administration
Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 351 - Leadership in Bureaucratic Organizations in the United States
Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 363 - Public Organizational Behavior
Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 427 - Urban Politics and Governance
Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 441 - Public and Nonprofit Budgeting and Finance
Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 464 - Environmental Politics and Policy
Term(s) Offered: Every other year
Credits: 3
POLS 465 - Comparative Public Policy

USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Global


Term(s) Offered: Summer
Credits: 3

Choose 9 credits of general electives from any POLS prefix course not previously counted.

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