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Political Science Major

36 Credits
The political science major requires students to appreciate, comprehend and critique political systems of underdeveloped, developing and developed countries. Emphasis is placed on the development, implementation and evaluation of policy at the local, national and international level. The program prepares students for graduate work in political science, law and policy studies as well as for work in politics, government, and certain fields within the private sector. It cultivates and refines the student’s research, reading, writing and critical thinking skills.

Core Courses
PO 111 American Government and Politics
PO 210 State and Local Government and Politics
PO 220 Introduction to Political Thought
PO 350 Introduction to Social Science Research
PO 450 Senior Research Seminar
PO 495 Senior Practicum

American Politics
Two of the following:
PO 315 Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
PO 317 American Presidency and Congress
PO 340 American Political Parties and
Interest Groups
PO 345 Politics and the Media

Comparative Politics/International Relations
Two of the following:
PO 311 Comparative Politics
PO 312 International Relations
PO/HI 410 American Diplomacy
PO 411 International Law

Public Policy/Public Administration
One of the following:
PO 313 Public Policy in America
PO 325 Public Administration: Concepts
and Practices
NR 410 Health Care Policy

An additional nine (9) credits in political science is required.