Areas of Study

Our department offers three majors and two minors in six main areas of study: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, judicial politics and political science methodology. We serve approximately 350 majors.

See the course catalog for a complete list of course offerings and descriptions.

 

Majors

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The BA with a major in political science requires 30 hours of political science courses passed with a grade of C-or higher and a maximum of 13 hours below the 30000 level. A maximum of six hours may be applied toward major requirements Students intending to pursue graduate work in international or comparative fields are encouraged to continue foreign language study beyond the 20000 level. A minor is required; any minor approved for the BA degree is acceptable.

Specific requirements include the following:

  • Three hours of Introduction to Political Theory
  • Six hours of introductory courses
  • Three hours of political theory
  • 15 hours of 30000-level or above courses
  • Three hours of any elective political science course

 

Bachelor of Science in Political Science

The BS with a major in political science requires 30 semester hours of political science courses passed with a grade of C-or higher and a maximum of 13 hours below the 30000 level. A maximum of six hours may be applied toward major requirements. Any topics courses may be repeated provided the specific subject matter changes. The three-hour seminar taken in conjunction with the Washington Center Internship Program may be counted in addition to six hours of internship.

Students intending to pursue graduate work in the social sciences or business are encouraged to pursue the BS degree. This program also is recommended for students wishing to work in government or politics. Any topics courses may be repeated provided the specific subject matter changes. Students intending to pursue graduate work in international or comparative fields are encouraged to study relevant foreign languages. A minor is required; any minor approved for the BS degree is acceptable.

Specific requirements include the following:

  • Three hours of Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • Choose between two courses: Introduction to American Politics or Practicing American and Texas Politics
  • Three hours in an introductory course
  • Three hours in Political Science Methods
  • Three hours in American Politics
  • 12 hours in 30000-level or above courses
  • Three hours in any political science elective course
  • Six hours in associated required courses

 

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Emphasis in International Relations

The BA in political science with emphasis in international relations requires 30 hours of political science courses passed with a grade of C-or higher and a maximum of 13 hours below the 30000 level.A maximum of six hours may be applied toward major requirements.

Any topics courses may be repeated provided the specific subject matter changes. The three-hour seminar taken in conjunction with the Washington Center Internship Program may be counted in addition to six hours of internship.

The department strongly encourages participation in an international educational experience, in a setting where the student’s language of study is used. Students must also complete an interdisciplinary international relations minor.

Specific requirements include the following:

  • Three hours of Introduction to Political Theory
  • Choose between two courses: International Politics or Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Three hours of an additional 20000-level course
  • 18 hours of 30000-level or above courses
  • Three hours of any political science elective

 

Minors

Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies

A minor requires 18 hours of study. An Asian studies or post-colonial studies minor would fulfill the interdisciplinary requirements for this degree plan. Otherwise, the interdisciplinary minor, available only in conjunction with the BA in political science with an emphasis in international relations, consists of 18 semester hours selected from the following groups:

  • Six hours in upper-division foreign language courses
  • Three hours of upper-division international economics
  • An additional nine hours from a selection of international or cross-cultural studies courses

No more than six hours in any single discipline may count toward the minor. For the interdisciplinary minor, the requirement of grade C-or higher applies same as with the political science major.

 

Minor in Political Science

A political science minor requires 18 semester hours in political science passed with a grade of C-or higher. No more than three semester hours may be earned at the 10000 level and no more than 10 semester hours may be earned below the 30000 level. Students must take either POSC 20093 or POSC 20203. Any topics course may be repeated provided the specific subject matter changes. No more than six hours of internship credit may be counted. The three-hour seminar taken in conjunction with the Washington Center Internship Program may be counted in addition to six hours of internship.

 

Interdisciplinary Minor in International Relations

The international relations minor is NOT available to political science majors. The international relations minor is 21 credit hours, with 12 core hours in political science and the remaining nine hours in electives. At least 12 hours must be completed at the 30000-level or above. All courses in the minor must be passed with a grade of C-or higher.