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.

Department Seeks To:
1. Provide students with a broad knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of political life as it is manifested in the various institutional and behavioral forms;
2. Provide students with the capacity for empirical research and analysis in both the public and private sectors of society;
3. Provide students with the ability to seek solutions to problems of global and domestic political significance;
4. Acquaint the students with the need to create new knowledge through research and scholarly activity;
5. Equip and prepare students for employment in the public and private sectors of society; and
6. Equip and prepare students for graduate and professional schools.


Learning Outcomes
1. Upon completion of the political science major, the student will:
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the CORE principles and values of the major fields and/or sub-fields of Political Science.
3. Describe citizenship as it relates to local, state, national and global communities.
4. Analyze the role of government and the way that individuals, groups and institutions can promote or undermine its impact.
5. Apply quantitative and qualitative research, critical thinking and written/oral communication skills relevant to the field of Political Science
6. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary political issues

  1. General Major
  2. Public Admin Major
  3. Joint Major
  4. Schedule Plan I
  5. Schedule Plan II

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.)

Course NumberCourse Name
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

Course NumberCourse Name
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.)

Course NumberCourse Name
SSCI 280 Methods and Statistics for Social Research

General Electives (40-48 cr.)

Courses in Political Science (32 cr.)

Course NumberCourse Name
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.)

Course NumberCourse Name
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.)

Course NumberCourse Name
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.)

Course NumberCourse Name
SSCI 280 Methods and Statistics for Social Research

SUGGESTED PROGRAM PLAN FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS (PLAN I--GENERAL POLITICAL SCIENCE):

First Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

CORE 100 New Student Orientation 1 cr.
CORE 150 Composition I 3 cr.
CORE 131 Mathematics 3 cr.
FREN or SPAN 101 Elem. French or Spanish I 4 cr.
PSCI 111 Introduction to Political Science 4 cr.

First Year, Spring Semester (17 cr.)

CORE 160 Composition II and Oral Comm. 3cr.
CORE 120 Critical Thinking 2 cr.
FREN or SPAN 102 Elem. French or Spanish II 4 cr.
PSCI 122 American Political Systems 4 cr.
General elective 4 cr.

Second Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

FREN or SPAN 200 Intermediate French or Spanish 4 cr.
CORE 201 Intro to Business and Entrepreneurship 3 cr.
PSCI 221 International Politics 4 cr.
PSCI 231 Classical Political Theory 4 cr.

Second Year, Spring Semester (16 cr.)

CORE Group A: Cultural Exposure 3-4 cr.
CORE Group C: The Arts 3- 4 cr.
SSCI 280 Methods & Statistics for Social Research 4 cr.
Political Science elective 4 cr.

Third Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

CORE 260 Humanities 3 cr.
CORE Group B: Analytical Skills 3-4 cr.
PSCI 305 American Constitutional Law 4 cr.
Political Science Elective 4 cr.

Third Year, Spring Semester (16 cr.)  

CORE 360 The World and Its Peoples 4 cr.
CORE Group D: Social Science 3-4 cr.
Political Science elective 4 cr.
General electives 4 cr.

Fourth Year, Fall Semester (13cr.)

CORE E Group: Social Science 3-4 cr.
Political Science Elective 4 cr.
General Electives 4 cr.
General Elective 1 cr.

Fourth Year, Spring Semester (12 cr.)

PSCI 442 Senior Seminar 4 cr.
General Electives 4 cr.
General Elective 4 cr.

SUGGESTED PROGRAM PLAN FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS (PLAN II--PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION):

First Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

CORE 100 New Student Orientation 1 cr.
CORE 150 Composition I 3 cr.
CORE 131 Mathematics 3 cr.
FREN or SPAN 101 Elem. French or Spanish I 4 cr.
PSCI 111 Introduction to Political Science 4 cr.

First Year, Spring Semester (17 cr.)

CORE 160 Composition II and Oral Communication 3 cr.
CORE 120 Critical Thinking 2 cr. < br/>FREN or SPAN 102 Elem. French or Spanish II 4 cr.
PSCI 122 American Political Systems 4 cr.
General elective 4 cr.

Second Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

FREN or SPAN 200 Intermediate French or Spanish 4 cr.
CORE 201 Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship 3 cr.
PSCI 130 Introduction to Public Administration 4 cr.
PSCI 205 Administrative Behavior 4 cr.

Second Year, Spring Semester (16 cr.)

CORE Group A: Cultural Exposure 3-4 cr.
CORE Group C: Arts 4 cr.
PSCI 212 Public Policy Analysis 4 cr.
PSCI 216 Public Personnel Administration 4 cr.

Third Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

CORE 260 Humanities 3 cr.
CORE Group D: Science 3-4 cr.
CORE 360 The World and Its Peoples 4 cr.
SSCI 280 Meth. & Stat. For Social Research 4 cr.

Third Year, Spring Semester (16 cr.)

CORE Group B: Analytical Skills 3-4 cr.
CORE 360 World and Its People 4 cr.
PSCI 314 Public Finance Administration 4 cr.
PSCI 342 Administrative Law and Behavior 4 cr.

Fourth Year, Fall Semester (12 cr.)

PSCI 310 Internship 4 cr.
General electives 8 cr.

Fourth Year, Spring Semester (14 cr.)

CORE Group E: Social Science 3- 4 cr.
General Electives 10 cr.