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2018-2019 Catalog: Undergraduate, Graduate, and College of Law 
2018-2019 Catalog: Undergraduate, Graduate, and College of Law [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, BA

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A Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science blends the study of government and political behavior in a major that is designed to be interdisciplinary, pulling in insights from sociology, psychology economics and the management sciences as well as providing foundational knowledge about political theory, political institutions and international affairs. The major prepares graduates for work in a wide variety of jobs in public affairs, government, policy promoting organizations, political campaigns and journalism, as well as providing a sound foundation for graduate work in public administration and law.

Political science has a deeper relevance to modern life: students will acquire knowledge at the macro level about how the world is structured and works, but students will also cultivate and understanding of how politics functions in the workplace, neighborhoods and small groups.  Political science majors will become discerning consumers of political messages and understand the importance of political context in communication.

Program Advisor: Walt Borges



Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science include the following:

1.  Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.  Major Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 42 hours from Political Science of which 36 must be advanced. Students should complete at least 27 hours of 3000- and 4000-level courses before enrolling in the 4000-level capstone.

3.  Electives:  To ensure that graduates have a broad context in evaluating public affairs and policy matters, 42 hours of electives are designated. History, sociology, criminal justice and policy studies courses in other disciplines are strongly recommended to meet this requirement.

4.  Other Requirements: All students entering the Political Science program must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.0 and be in good academic standing.



Students will earn 42 hours in CORE curriculum courses. Then, they will earn 36 hours of major requirements and 42 hours of electives.

Major Requirements

(36 hours needed of which 36 are advanced courses)

Political Science Major Core (all four courses required)

PSCI 3320 - Democratic Theory

PSCI 3XXX - Introduction to Public Administration

PSCI 3XXX - Quantitative Research Design and Analysis

PSCI 4XXX - Advanced Seminar in Political Science (capstone)  Enroll in final semester. Prerequisites: completion of  Political Science Major  Core and Political Science  Distribution Courses with 2.5 GPA.


Political Science Distribution (one course from each area)

American Politics (A) :  PSCI 4020, 3100, 3110, 3130, 3160, 3200 3210, 4100, 4120 or 4140

International Affairs and Comparative Government (R):  PSCI 3300 (International Relations) or PSCI 4520

Public Law (L): PSCI 3200, 3210, 4200, 4210, 4220 or 4520

Political Behavior (B): PSCI 3120, 3160 or 4120


Political Science Electives (12 hours: at least six hours must be from one distribution area)

PSCI  3100                                     Topics in American Government (A)                                    

PSCI  3110                                     The Legislative Process (A)                                                       

PSCI  3120                                     Women In Politics (B)

PSCI  3130                                     Interest Groups (A)

PSCI  3160                                     Mass Media in American Politics (AB)

PSCI  3200                                     The American Legal System(AL)

PSCI  3210                                     The U.S. Supreme Court (AL)                                                  

PSCI  4020                                     Urban Politics (AB)                                                                       

PSCI  4100                                     Political Parties (A)                                                                       

PSCI  4120                                     Public Opinion and Participation (AB)                                   

PSCI  4140                                     The Presidency (A)                                                                      

PSCI  4200                                     Constitutional Law: Discrimination and Powers (L)         

PSCI  4210                                     Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties (L)                       

PSCI  4220                                     Jurisprudence (L)                                                                          

PSCI  4520                                     International Human Rights (RL)                                            

PSCI  3300                                      International Relations (R)                                                        


General Electives (36 hours: history, sociology, criminal justice, economics and policy courses recommended)

HIST 4150                                         Mexican Immigration and the Chicano Community (AR)

HIST  4172                                        Modern Latin America - 1801-present (R)

HIST 4490                                        The American Revolution, 1763-1789.(A)

HIST 4700                                         Texas History (A)                                 

PADM  3700                                    Introduction to Public Administration (AB)                        

PSYC  XXXX                                   Political Psychology (B)                                                               

CJUS/SOCI  2100                           US Crime/Justice (AB)                                                                

CJUS/SOCI  3630                           Drugs, Crime and Society (AB)

CJUS  3201                                    Criminal Law (L)                                                                             

CJUS  3210                                    Judicial Law (L)                                                                               

SOCI  3300                                     Urban Sociology (B)            

SOCI  3550                                     Collective Behavior (B)                                                               

SOCI  4160                                     Developing Societies (R)                                                            

SOCI/HSML  4350                          Community Organization (B)                                                   

SOCI  4540                                     Race and Ethnic Minorities (B)                                                

SOCI  4750                                     World Population Trends and Problems (R)                      

MGMT 4350                                    Organizational Behavior (B)                                                      

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