Courses and Focused Study

Selecting Courses
Because people major in politics for many reasons, we offer great flexibility in how you complete the major.  What follows are the requirements and then various ways you can arrange your electives to tailor the program to your interests.

The requirements are as follows:

POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR (UPOG)

Departmental Requirements for Politics Major:

The Political Science major consists of twelve (12) courses and one (1) required/related general education course.

Introductory core courses (required):

POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics

POSC 120 Introduction to World Politics

Intermediate courses (select two):

POSC 211 Political Theory: Justice, Law, and Order

POSC 216 Film and Politics

POSC 220 The Politics of Globalization

POSC 223 Bureaucratic Politics and Power

POSC 250 American Legal Systems

POSC 260 Comparative Political Systems

Students majoring in Political Science should complete POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics and POSC 120 Introduction to World Politics during their first year.

Advanced core courses (required):

POSC 316 U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics

POSC 337 Legislative Politics and Policy

POSC 341 The Presidency: Politics and Administration

Advanced courses (select three):

POSC 313 American Political Thought

POSC 325 Public Management

POSC 327 Elections and Campaign Strategy

POSC 328 Public Budgeting and Management

POSC 329 Public Policy Analysis

POSC 342 Formation and Conduct of U.S. Foreign Policy

POSC 365 Latin American Politics

One Elective: Any course offered by the Political Science Department

Seminar: POSC 425  Seminar in Politics

Required/related course:

All Politics majors must take MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics.

Here are some suggested sequences of courses for those with identified interests:
General Politics:

  • Presidency
  • Legislative Politics and Policy
  • Constitutional Law and Politics
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Judicial Politics and Policy
  • American Legal Systems
  • Politics of Latin America
  • Bureaucratic Politics

Law:

  • American Legal Systems
  • Judicial Politics and Policy
  • U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics
  • Law, Theory, and Justice
  • American Political Thought
  • Judicial Internship
  • Mock Trial (extracurricular)

Public Administration:

  • Budgeting
  • Policy Analysis
  • Bureaucratic Politics
  • Presidency
  • Public Management
  • American Legal Systems
  • Legislative Politics and Policy
  • Administrative Internship

Campaigns and Elections

  • Elections
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Legislative Politics and Policy
  • Budgeting
  • Presidency
  • Internship

Political Journalism

  • Presidency
  • Legislative Politics
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Bureaucratic Politics

 From the English Department


  • Journalism
  • Persuasive Writing

International Politics and Globalization

  • World Politics
  • Globalization
  • Politics of Latin America
  • Formation and Conduct of United States Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Politics

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