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Major Options

Political Science Major: Students majoring in political science must take a minimum of 37 credits of political science, including PSCI 210S (PSC 100S), 220S (PSC 120S), 230X (PSC 130E), 250E (PSC 150E); and one 300-400 level course in four of the five major fields listed above. Twenty-one of the 37 credits must be in upper-division courses. No more than 7 credits of independent study (PSCI 492 (PSC 496)) and internship (PSCI 498 (PSC 498)) combined may count toward the 37 required credits. In addition, no more than 15 total credits in special topics courses (e.g., PSCI 320 (PSC 381), 391 (PSC 395)) may count toward the 37 required credits.

Political Science Major with an Option in American Politics: A student may earn a major in political science with an option in American politics by completing 40 credits in political science, including: PSCI 210S (PSC 100S), 220S (PSC 120S), 230X (PSC 130E), 250E (PSC 150E); one 300-400 level course in four of the five major fields of political science listed previously; and five of the following courses: PSCI 340 (PSC 383), 341, 342, (PSC 341, 342) 344 (PSC 364), 346 (PSC 366), 347 (PSC 387), 348, 352 (PSC 352),  PSCI 365 (PSC 365), 370, 440 (PSC 483), 443, 444, 445, 468. Courses used to complete the upper-division requirement of this option also fulfill the 300-400 level requirement in the respective major fields of political science.

Political Science Major with an Option in International Relations and Comparative Politics: A student may earn a major in political science with an option in international relations and comparative politics by completing 40 credits in political science, including: PSCI 210S (PSC 100S), 220S (PSC 120S), 230X (PSC 130E), 250E (PSC 150E); one 300-400 level course in four of the five major fields of political science listed previously; and three courses from each of the following groups: a) PSCI 320 (PSC 381), 321 (PSC 321), 322 (PSC 321H), 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329 (PSC 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329), 420 (PSC 481) 421 (PSC 420), 422; and b) PSCI 330 (PSC 382), 332, 334, 335 (PSC 334, 335), 336, 337 (PSC 337), 430 (PSC 482), 431, 433 (PSC 431, 433), 432 (PSC 430), 463 (PSC 463), Strongly recommended are: a) minimum of two years of foreign language study; b) internship/study-abroad program. Courses used to complete the upper-division requirement of this option also fulfill the 300-400 level requirement in the respective major fields of political science.

Political Science Major with an Option in Public Administration: A student may earn a major in political science with an option in public administration by completing a minimum of 40 credits in political science, including: PSCI 210S (PSC 100S), 220 (PSC 120S), 230X (PSC 130E), 250E (PSC 150E); one 300-400 level course in four of the five major fields of political science listed previously; 361, and three of the following courses: PSCI 344 (PSC 364), 360 (PSC 385), 462 (PSC 460), 461, 463, 466, 467, 468, 460 (PSC 485), 479. A legislative or administrative internship is strongly recommended. Courses used to complete the upper division requirement of this option also fulfill the 300-400 level requirement in the respective major fields of political science.

Political Science Major with an Option in Public Law: A student may earn a major in political science with an option in public law by completing a minimum of 40 credits in political science, including PSCI 210S (PSC 100S), 220 (PSC 120S), 230X (130E), 250E (PSC 150E); one 300-400 level course in four of the five major fields of political science listed previously; PSCI 370, and four of the following courses: 352, 421 (PSC 420), 433, 462 (PSC 460), 461, 471, 474 (PSC 472). Courses used to complete the upper-division requirement of this option also fulfill the 300-400 level requirement in the respective major fields of political science.

Political Science Teaching Major

Students may earn a teaching major in political science (government) by completing the requirements for the BA in political science, to include the following: PSCI 210, 220, 230, 250, 400; one 300-400 level course in four of the major fields listed above; four upper-division elective courses; and EDU 497 (C&I 428).  All requirements for the political science major apply.  Students with a teaching major in political science must also complete a teaching major or minor in a second field.   For the political science teaching major, students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements.  Students may also earn a teaching minor in political science.  See the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for more information.

Political Science/History Combined Major

This major is intended solely for students who want to be licensed to teach government, history, and one additional social science at the middle and high school levels.  Requirements for the combined political science/history major are as follows: in political science,  a minimum of 30 credits, including:  PSCI 210, 220, 230, 250, three upper-division elective courses in American government or public law, and three government upper-division elective courses in comparative or international relations;  in history, a minimum of 31 credits, including: HSTR 101 or 102, HSTA 101 and 102, HSTR 200, HSTA 255, one elective course in world history, three upper-division elective courses to include at least one American and one European course, and one HSTA/HSTR 400-level approved writing course; in one additional social science, a minimum of 9 elective credits in economics or geography or psychology or sociology; and EDU 497 (C&I 428).  Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements.  Students are eligible for a teaching license in social studies broadfield.  See the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for more information.

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