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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

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The political science program is designed to acquaint students with the broad scope of activities involved in public service.

The Department of Political Science and Leadership Studies offers majors in political science and a teaching major in American government (7-12). Along with their major, students can choose from three concentrations: Pre-Law Studies, Public Administration, and International Politics.

A minor is offered in political science, and interdisciplinary minors are offered in pre-law studies or leadership. The department offers advising for pre-law students, regardless of major, as well as for political science majors.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (30 credits)

Required:
+PSCI 101 American Government
+PSCI 120 Truth, Justice & Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy 
+PSCI 130 Global Issues
WI-PSCI 400 Research in Political Science
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences

Plus 15 credits, including 9 credits at 300 level or above;
One course of each: American Government, International Politics, Political Philosophy, and Pre-Law.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Pre-Law Concentration (33 credits)

Required:
+PSCI 101 American Government
+PSCI 120 Truth, Justice & Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
+PSCI 130 Global Issues
WI-PSCI 400 Research in Political Science
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences

Plus 18 credits, 12 credits of which must be pre-law courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an International Politics Concentration (33 credits)

Required:
+PSCI 101 American Government
+PSCI 120 Truth, Justice & Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
+PSCI 130 Global Issues
WI-PSCI 400 Research in Political Science
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences

18 credits, 12 credits of which must be International Politics courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Concentration in Public Policy and Administration (33 credits)

Required:
+PSCI 101 American Government
+PSCI 120 Truth, Justice & Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
+PSCI 130 Global Issues
WI-PSCI 400 Research in Political Science
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences

18 credits which must include one of the following:
+PSCI 301 Campaigns and Elections 
PSCI 360 Administrative Law and Regulations
WI-PSCI 365 Political, Civic & Community Leadership 
+WI-PSCI 370 Public Administration 
+PSCI 375 Environmental Politics, Policy & Law 

6 credits of approved electives at the 300 level.

Note: Public Administration students must consult with the Chair of Political Science for approval of electives toward the concentration. Public Administration students are strongly encouraged to double major in another field related to public service; for instance, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, etc. Public Administration students should also complete an interdisciplinary minor related to their studies; such as the organizational leadership minor, the environmental studies minor, or the pre-law minor.

For approval of second major and interdisciplinary minor, consult with political science chair, the chair of second major department, and the coordinator/director of the appropriate interdisciplinary minor.

Requirements for a Teaching Major in American Government (7-12) (33 credits)

Required:
+PSCI 101 American Government
+PSCI 110 Law and Society: An Introduction to the American Legal System
+PSCI 120 Truth, Justice & Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
+PSCI 130 Global Issues
+PSCI 301 Campaigns or Elections -or- +PSCI 375 Environmental Ethics
+PSCI 304 U.S. Constitution & Civil Liberties,
+PSCI 313 Foreign Policy of the United States,
WI-PSCI 365 Political, Civic, & Community Leadership,
+WI-PSCI 370 Public Administration,
WI-PSCI 400 Research in Political Science
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences

Education courses required for a teaching major are found in the Education Department section.

Requirements for a Minor in Political Science (18 credits)

Required:
+PSCI 101 American Government
+PSCI 120 Truth, Justice & Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
+PSCI 130 Global Issues;

9 credits of PSCI, 6 credits of which must be at the 300 level or above.

+ = applies toward general education requirements
WI = writing intensive