2002 - 2003 Political Science Program (PLSC)

Objectives | Requirements | Academic Major | Political Science Minor (PLSC) | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Charles Tripp

Political Studies

Objectives

Political Studies offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts academic major. With political science as its core focus, the major includes relevant courses from a number of disciplines, among them economics, geography, history, languages, management and philosophy. The curriculum stresses student mastery of a variety of allied subjects covered within such fields to enhance understanding of the historical, philosophical, methodological, environmental, economic, legal, geographic, linguistic, organizational, international and domestic contexts of politics. The major prepares students for further study in law or graduate school; to enter public service careers in government; to work in the private sector, the policy arena, and/or the political/legislative process; or to conduct research.

Requirements

The Political Studies academic major requires completion of 48 credit hours selected from a common core of required political science courses and one of five major emphasis fields consisting of economics, environmental studies, history, management, and philosophy, all of which are discussed below. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required to complete any one of the five major emphases. Additional recommended course work may be taken in a number of disciplines, depending upon approved student interests. It is strongly recommended that students take MATH 150 (Elementary Statistics); PSYC/SOC 390 (Research Methods); and 16 hours (two full years, four semesters, or equivalent preparation) of a foreign language.
Students choosing a double major or minor in any of the fields included within the political studies major may not apply a course to more than one major or minor.

The courses listed below are required of all political studies majors, regardless of their chosen emphasis.

For course prerequisites please refer to the course descriptions.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Political Studies major.

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE

Note: Additional LE courses are required depending on the chosen emphasis.

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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Political Studies majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

88

II.

Lower Division Political Science Courses

8

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE

4
4

III.

Upper Division Political Science Courses

20

PLSC 303 Public Administration and Bureaucracy (4)
or
PLSC 348 American Presidency (4)

PLSC 306 Comparative Political Systems (4)
or
PLSC 414 International Relations (4)

PLSC 355 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
PLSC 440 Internship in Political Science
PLSC 490 Research Seminar in Political Studies



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4

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4

IV.

Emphasis

20

Students must complete 20 hours of course work from their chosen emphasis. The following are possible emphases: Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Management, and Philosophy. See listing below for classes included in an emphasis.

20

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

56

The courses listed below are those from which a student can select the remaining 20 hours needed to complete one of the political studies major emphases.

Economics Emphasis

ECON 105 Introduction to Economics as a Social Science, LE

4

ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics, LE

4

ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics

4

ECON 311 History of Economic Thought

4

ECON 321 Political Economy

4

ECON 325 Environmental Economics

4

ECON 420 Labor Relations Economics

4

ECON 449 American Economic Development

4

PHIL 201 History of Philosophy I (3)
or
PHIL 202 History of Philosophy II (3)



3

*PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy

4

Environmental Studies Emphasis

ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology

4

BIOL 210 Environmental Biology, LE

4

ECON 325 Environmental Economics

4

ENGL 355 Literature of the Environment

3

ESS 205 Earth Systems and Global Environmental Change

4

PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics

3

*PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy

4

PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy

4

History Emphasis

ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology

4

HIST 113 Western Civilization, LE

3

HIST 212 World History to 1500, LE

4

HIST 220 United States History, LE

3

HIST 301 Early Modern Europe: Renaissance and Reformation as Gateways to the Modern Era

3

HIST 302 Modern Europe: Revolution and Reaction in Modern Europe

3

HIST 313 United States History Since 1945

3

HIST 330 Middle Eastern History

3

HIST 341 Latin American Hist: Revolution in the Americas

3

HIST 343 History of Mexico: The Quest for Stability

3

HIST 381 History of Russia

4

*PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy

4

Management Emphasis

ACCT 213 Accounting Principles

4

ECON 253 Elementary Macroeconomics, LE

4

ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics

4

HRM 410 Human Resource Management

4

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics

4

MGMT 305 Principles of Management

4

MGMT 325 Business and Employment Law

4

MGMT 433 Organizational Behavior

4

MGMT 485 Strategic Management

4

*PLSC 303 Public Administration and Bureaucracy

4

Philosophy Emphasis

PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy, LE

3

PHIL 102 Critical Thinking, LE

4

PHIL 201 History of Philosophy I (3)
or
PHIL 202 History of Philosophy II (3)



3

PHIL 206 Introduction to Ethics, LE

3

PHIL 300 Special Topics in Philosophy

1 - 4

PHIL 302 Great Philosophers

3

PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics

3

*PLSC 367 Contemporary Political Philosophy

4

*Indicates a required class.

Political Science Minor (PLSC)

Objectives

Political Science offers an academic minor focused on the study of political behavior, organizations, theories, research methodologies, and governmental institutions. The curriculum prepares students to enter public service, graduate school, law school, the corporate world, the political campaign process or the legislative process. The minor stresses understanding and analysis of the American political system as well as the examination of changing global political conditions.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the political science minor. Students choosing a double major or minor within the Social Science Program may not apply a class to more than one major or minor except in the case of core requirements.
For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

8

PLSC 101 Introduction to Political Science, LE
PLSC 121 American National Government, LE

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II.

Electives

12

Twelve hours of upper division PLSC course work

12

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

20