Students who major in the area of political science study the structure and processes of governement, both formal and informal, at all levels relating both to American society and comparable institutions in other countries.

Problems which are studied include the increasing influence of government on individuals and groups, the ordering of large human groups, the freedom of the individual, his/her equality and responsibilities in a growing complex and pluralized society, the nature and meaning of democracy, influence of clashing political ideologies and movements, and international relations including peace and war.

Students who study political science in a liberal arts setting are better prepared for numerous vocational opportunities of an administrative, investigative, or analytical nature both in government (at national, state, and local levels) and private industry; for research and teaching positions in political science and government; and as preparation for international service, for law and other professional careers.

Required Courses:

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
_____POLS 1903Introduction to Political Science*
_____POLS 2003American National Government
_____POLS 2203International Studies
_____POLS 2503Social Sciences Research Methods
_____ECON 2013Macroeconomics
_____PSYC 2603Statistics & Data Analysis*
_____POLS 5503Senior Seminar
Plus three courses from any one category and five other courses on this list?
_____POLS 3303International Relations (Track Required)
_____POLS 3403International Law
_____POLS 4903Political Theory
_____RELG 3603Christian Church Through the Ages
_____HIST 3203Europe in the Middle Ages
ORHIST 340317th and 18th Centuries
ORHIST 420319th and 20th Centuries
Comparative Politics:
_____POLS 3203Comparative Government (Track Required)
_____POLS 4253American Elections
_____RELG 2803Religions of the World*
_____ENGL 365319th and 20th Century World Masterpieces*
_____HIST 3753Modern Latin America
_____INST 3904Seminar in Contemporary Europe
_____GEOG 3003World Geography
American (Pre-Law Track)
_____POLS 225/4253American Elections
_____POLS 3703American Legal History
_____POLS 4153American Foreign Politics
_____POLS 4403Political Ideology
_____POLS 3103Constitutional Law
_____HIST 4003U.S. in the 20th Century
_____SOCI 3203Minorities
_____CJUS 3203Corrections in the 21st Century
_____CJUS 4503Criminal Courts and Procedures

Foreign Language: Three semesters of one modern foreign language are required. (See policy on placement in courses)

Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.

* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements.

Among requirements for graduation, the student must have at least a 2.00 average in the major and must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the major division or department.