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Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Core Requirements

Course Title Credits
POLS 101 American National Government 3
POLS 102 State and Local Government 3
POLS 151 Comparative Government 3
POLS 200 Foundations of Public Policy 3
POLS 300  Introduction to Policy Analysis 3
POLS 400 Senior Thesis 3
POLS 490/499 Political Science Internship 3
HIST 212  World Cultures II 3
HIST 251 Foundations of the American Republic 3
HIST 252 Contemporary America 3
MATH 116 Survey of Mathematics 3
Total  33 

Pre-Law Concentration


Course Title Credits
POLS 230 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3
POLS 260  Judicial Branch Politics 3
POLS 280  Debating the Issues 3
POLS 314  Constitutional Law I 3
POLS 316  Constitutional Law II 3
1 elective  200/300 level POLS course selected in conjunction with the student’s advisor 3
  Total  18 

Public Policy Concentration


Course Title Credits
POLS 240  Legislative Branch Politics 3
POLS 250  Executive Branch Politics 3
POLS 270  Interest Group Politics 3
POLS 290  Ethical Dilemmas in Policymaking 3
POLS 314  Constitutional Law I 3
1 elective 200/300 level POLS course selected in conjunction with student’s advisor 3
  Total  18 

Criminal Justice Concentration


Course Title Credits
CRJS 101  Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
POLS 260  Judicial Branch Politics 3
CRJS 256   Criminal Law 3
CRJS 260   Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
CRJS 242  Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
CRJS 231 OR POLS 314  Criminal Procedure OR Constitutional Law I 3
  Total  18 

Typical First Year Schedule


FALL SEMESTER SPRING SEMESTER
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
UNIV 101 Orientation to the University 1 UNIV 102 The University Experience 1
HUMN 101 Int. Humanities 3 NSCI 105 Issues in Nat. Sci. 4
POLS 101 Am. Nat’l. Govt. 3 POLS 102 State/Loc. Govt. 3
HIST 251 Found. of America 3 HIST 252 Cont. America 3
MATH 116 Survey of Math. 3 COMM 102 Fresh. Writing II 3
COMM 101  Fresh. Writing I 3 COMM 103 Oral Comm.  3
Total  16  Total  17 

Additional credits may be earned in the freshman year by completing portfolios and other requirements as described in the Academic Catalog entitled “Your First Year.”

Additional Requirements

Each graduating major in the program must complete and pass a comprehensive examination in their final semester before expected graduation.