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Political Science

The political science department seeks to provide the student with knowledge of political life, research abilities, and the ability to confront problems of political significance. The department seeks to develop graduates who are wellprepared to proceed to the next level of academic training or employment in areas where a knowledge of politics is considered both necessary and desirable.

The department has two components. Plan I, the general Political Science component, emphasizes law and graduate school preparation. Plan II, the Public Administration component, emphasizes preparation for work in both the public and private sectors of society.

Majors have a variety of potential career paths, including careers in government, foreign service, international civil service, research, and teaching. Political science majors also will be eligible for administrative careers in policy planning and implementation. In addition, study in the discipline will provide a basic course concentration for pre-law and for graduate and professional programs leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

  1. General Major
  2. Public Admin Major
  3. Joint Major

Requirements for the political science major vary somewhat as a function of whether the student chooses to concentrate in general political science (plan I) or in public administration (plan II). For the general political science student, requirements (in addition to the University's degree requirements as outlined within this Bulletin) are:

Courses in Political Science (32 cr.)

PSCI 111 Introduction to Political Science
PSCI 122 American Political Systems
PSCI 221 International Politics
PSCI 231 Classical Political Theory
PSCI 305 American Constitutional Law
PSCI 442 Senior Seminar

Required studies (24 cr.)

Must elect another 8 credits of coursework in political science

PSCI 228 American Foreign Policy
PSCI 232 Modern Political Theory
PSCI 245 African American Political Thought
PSCI 252 Judicial Process
PSCI 254 Politics in the Black Community
PSCI 310 Internship
PSCI 320 Selected Topics in Political Science
PSCI 321 International Law and Organization
PSCI 340 Independent Study in Political Science
PSCI 406 African Political Systems

Required Cognate (4 cr.)

SSCI 280 Methods and Statistics for Social Research

General Electives (40-48 cr.)

Courses in Political Science (32 cr.)

PSCI 111 Introduction to Political Science
PSCI 122 American Political Systems
PSCI 130 Introduction to Public Administration
PSCI 205 Administrative Behavior
PSCI 212 Public Policy Analysis
PSCI 216 Public Personnel Administration
PSCI 314 Public Finance Administration
PSCI 342 Administrative Law
PSCI 228 American Foreign Policy
PSCI 232 Modern Political Theory
PSCI 245 African American Political Thought
PSCI 252 Judicial Process
PSCI 254 Politics in the Black Community
PSCI 310 Internship
PSCI 320 Selected Topics in Political Science
PSCI 321 International Law and Organization
PSCI 340 Independent Study in Political Science
PSCI 406 African Political Systems

Required Cognate (4 cr.)

SSCI 280 Methods and Statistics for Social Science Research

General Electives (40-52 cr.)

Joint majors combining political science and another discipline may be arranged according to the usual University regulations. The department adjusts its requirements for students who pursue joint majors, in compliance with the University policy that joint majors should involve 24 semester hours of study in each discipline. Students pursuing a joint major in political science, regardless of the other discipline involved, are required to complete the required cognate,SSCI 280. A faculty member from the Political Science Department will be assigned to cooperate with the student's other major advisor in the construction and execution of an appropriate study plan.

Political Science requirements for the joint major are as follows (in addition to the University’s degree requirements as outlined within this Bulletin):

Courses in political science (24 cr.)

PSCI 111 Introduction to Political Science
PSCI 122 American Political Systems
PSCI 221 International Politics
PSCI 231 Classical Political Theory
PSCI 254 Politics in the Black Community
PSCI 305 American Constitutional Law

Required Cognate (4 cr.)

SSCI 280 Methods and Statistics for Social Research