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Political Science (B.A.)

The political science major is intended to guide the student to know and understand the traditions, institutions of law, politics, and government. By balancing courses in the general education requirements from the various disciplines, students gain the broad education necessary for success in many careers.


  1. Graduates with a major in political science will understand and be able to apply basic social science research methods. 
  2. Graduates with a major in political Science will demonstrate an ability to think critically regarding political problems, trends and developments. 
  3. Graduates with a major in political science will exhibit basic understanding of the institutions of constitutional government and be able to explain the principles, sources, and processes of American government and politics. 
  4. Graduates with a major in political science will demonstrate knowledge of the major political and economic systems of the world. 


Political Science General Requirements

General Education Requirements  -  50 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, art, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Modern Language (all hours in same language) - 11 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
History - 3 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, PSYC, SOCI) - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Science (must be lab science) - 4 hours
Mathematics - 3 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours
Departmental Requirements for Political Science Majors:
* denotes course(s) which can also meet General Education Requirements
* HIST 1301 United States to 1877
HIST 2312 Western Civilization II
HUMA 4001 Humanities Portfolio

Major area of study- 30 hours
Minor (minimum of 18 hours)
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

Political Science Major Requirements

Completion of thirty (30) semester hours:
POSC 1301 Introduction to International Relations
POSC 2305 Federal Government
POSC 2306 Texas Government
POSC 2304 Introduction to Political Science
POSC 3361 American Constitutional Development I
POSC 3362 American Constitutional Development II
POSC 4365 Comparative Economic and Political Systems
PSYC/SOCI 2332 Introduction to Research Methods
Nine (9) additional hours from the following:
POSC 2368 Model United Nations
POSC 3308 Modern China
POSC 3364 British Studies, 1714 to Present
POSC 4309 Cold War
POSC 4306 Political Economy
POSC 4361 Diplomatic History of the United States
Additional Special Topics

Semester by Semester Plans

Catalog Year 2022-2023
Catalog Year 2021-2022
Catalog Year 2020-2021
Catalog Year 2019-2020
Catalog Year 2018-2019
Catalog Year 2017-2018

Course Rotations

Four Year Course Rotations