Effective Fall 2011

May be elected as a departmental major

Prerequisites to the Major

Two courses chosen from different subfields of political science. First- and second-year students choose from among POLSCI 101 (political theory), 111 (American government), 140 (comparative politics), 160 (world politics); juniors and seniors from POLSCI 301 and 302 (political theory), 311 (American government), advisor approval (comparative politics), and advisor approval (world politics).

Requirements for the Major

At least 24 credits in POLSCI (in addition to required prerequisites) and 6 credits elected through a cognate department.

Core courses must be elected from the 300-level or higher, including at least two at the 400-level. Twelve credits (including the two at the 400-level) must be taken in the department.

Only 9 hours of foreign credit from a one-term accredited program and 12 hours of foreign credit from a year-long program may be counted toward the major core.

No more than 4 credits of internship and 4 credits of directed study may be included in a plan for the major. Directed reading may not be counted as advanced unless approved beforehand by a department advisor.

Credit for STATS 250 (or 350) can count toward methods requirements for the major.

Seniors are encouraged to elect an undergraduate seminar (POLSCI 495, 496, 497, or 498). Law courses, with the exception of POLSCI 345 are counted in the American politics subfid. Political science majors are expected to acquire an appreciation of the diverse styles of political inquiry by electing at least one course in four of the following subfields: political theory, American government, comparative politics, world politics, and methodology. Normally, this requirement is satisfied by the prerequisites to major and different additional upper-level courses in two subfields. Cognate courses, which are upper-level courses in another discipline, are an integral part of the plan for the major and should be selected with a view toward building a coherent program of study. As a general rule, cognate courses should be in the same discipline with exceptions approved in advance by a department advisor.

Roster of POLSCI subfields and courses

  • American 111, 300, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324,326, 327, 329, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 380, 385, 410, 432, 482, 484, 486, 496
  • Comparative 140, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 382, 387, 395, 396, 397, 451, 497
  • Methods 381, 391, 488, 490, 499
  • Theory 101, 301, 302, 306, 307, 308, 309, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 495
  • World 160, 360, 361, 363, 364, 365, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 379, 462, 463, 498

Honors Plan

Especially well-qualified students are encouraged to undertake an Honors major. Such students elect the Honors proseminar (POLSCI 381) before their senior year and prepare a senior thesis under the direction of a faculty member in the department. Senior Seminars (POLSCI 493, 494) provide thesis credit. Students may count only two Honors courses toward the major core, one if a previous directed reading has been taken.

Normally, candidates for an Honors major must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 in political science courses. 

Teaching Certificate

Students interested in obtaining a secondary teaching certificate with a teaching major or minor in Political Science should consult  "Teacher Certification Program" and the School of Education Teacher Education Office, 1228 School of Education Building, (734) 615-1528.

 


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