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Political Science

Major in Political Science (40 credits)

(For course descriptions in Political Science, see the 2005-2007 Academic Course Catalog.

Required Courses:
____ POLS 111, Introduction to US Politics (4)
____ POLS 121, International Relations (4)
____ POLS 211, Politics and Political Life (4)
____ POLS 221, Political Theory: An Introduction (4)
(Note: It is recommended that students take 111 or 121 prior to, or con-currently with, POLS 211.)

At least one of the following courses:
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POLS 222, Finding and Using Evidence in Political Science (4) (QR)
POLS 223, Comparative Politics (4)
POLS 224, Courts, Law and Policy (4)

There are two options for the remainder of the required credits:
Option I

At least four (4) additional 300-level sequence courses:
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____ A Senior Research Seminar (POLS 361, 362, 363, 364, or 398)

Option II (Please see faculty advisor for information regarding availability of Option II.)

At least five (5) additional 300-level sequence courses:
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____ One writing Module (contact Political Science Department for Description and information on availability.)

Note: An internship for 4 or more credits may satisfy one 300-level course requirement. Programs of study are to be developed in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Additional Requirements:

  1. Comprehensive Exam.
  2. Individualized portfolio for each student in the major

Minor in Political Science (24 credits)

Required courses
____ POLS 111, Introduction to US Politics (4)
____ POLS 121, International Relations (4)
____ POLS 211, Politics and Political Life (4)

One of the Following courses:
____ POLS___________________________: (Select course from list below)

POLS 221, Political Theory: An Introduction (4)
POLS 222, Finding and Using Evidence in Political Science (4) (QR)
POLS 223, Comparative Politics (4)
POLS 224, Courts, Law and Policy (4)

Any two 300-level courses:
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Suggested first semester program of study:

- CORE 100 or HONR 100, Symposium (4)
- POLS 111, American Politics (4) SSL
        OR      POLS 121, International Relations (4) SSL
- Foreign Language and/or other Core requirement (4,4)

For more information, see the Political Science Department website.