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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Political Science major provides students with theoretical foundations and practical experience in preparation for opportunities available in the fields of political science and public administration, including career positions with local, state and federal governments; fellowship posts for graduate and legal studies; careers in education and various levels of political leadership. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities through the department. Students seeking to meet the Single Subject Matter Standards in Social Science should double major in History and Political Science selecting major elective courses that meet the requirements listed in the Social Science Single Subject Matter Competency Program.

TRADITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Political Science Major (39 units) BA

Core Courses (30 units)

Lower Division Requirements

POL 213 American Government

Lower Division Elective Requirements

Complete three (3) units from the following:

POL 223 State and Local Government

POL 250 Introduction to International Politics

POL 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Upper Division Requirements

POL 431 Christianity and Citizenship

POL 450 Research Methods in Political Science

POL 499 Senior Project

American Institutions and Processes Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:*

POL 323 Political Parties and Interest Groups

POL 390 Congress and the Presidency

POL 395 Political Economy

POL 435 Campaigns and Elections

POL 484 Constitutional Law I

POL 485 Constitutional Law II

International Relations Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following*:

POL 350 International Relations Theory

POL 415 World Geography

POL 437 Globalization

POL 439 International Conflict

POL 443 Diplomatic History of the United States

POL 444 International Law

POL 454 International Organizations

POL 471 Terrorism

Political Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following*:

POL 395 Political Economy

POL 423 Classical Political Philosophy

POL 425 Modern Political Philosophy

POL 427 American Political Theory

POL 429 Critical Political Philosophy and Postmodernism

Pre-Law Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following*:

CJS 301 Fundamentals of Criminal Law

CJS 321 Courts and the Criminal Process

PHI 300 Logic OR PHI 324 Applied Ethics

POL 330 Law and Literature

POL 440 Law Internship

POL 444 International Law

POL 453 Administrative Law and Bureaucracy

POL 484 Constitutional Law I

POL 485 Constitutional Law II

Public Administration Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following*:

POL 395 Political Economy

POL 451 Executive Leadership and Management in the Public Sector

POL 453 Administrative Law and Bureaucracy

POL 465 Policy Process and Analysis

POL 491 Public Personnel Management

POL 493 Principles of Public Administration

*Students who double major in history and political science to meet single subject matter competency should refer to the social science single subject matter competency program requirements when selecting electives. See the Social Science Subject Matter Competence advisor, Dr. Eric Brook, for course requirement details. Political Science majors may not use any one course to satisfy two or more elective requirements.

Concentration Courses (9 units)

Students must complete at least nine (9) units, not completed in the core, in one of the following concentrations: Public Administration; Political Philosophy; American Institutions and Processes; International Relations; Pre-Law. Political Science majors may not use any one course to satisfy two or more concentration requirements.

American Institutions and Processes

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

POL 323 Political Parties and Interest Groups

POL 390 Congress and the Presidency

POL 395 Political Economy

POL 435 Campaigns and Elections

POL 484 Constitutional Law I

POL 485 Constitutional Law II

International Relations

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

POL 350 International Relations Theory

POL 415 World Geography

POL 437 Globalization

POL 439 International Conflict

POL 443 Diplomatic History of the United States

POL 444 International Law

POL 454 International Organizations

POL 471 Terrorism

Political Philosophy

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

POL 395 Political Economy

POL 423 Classical Political Philosophy

POL 425 Modern Political Philosophy

POL 427 American Political Theory

POL 429 Critical Political Philosophy and Postmodernism

Pre-Law

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

CJS 301 Fundamentals of Criminal Law

CJS 321 Courts and the Criminal Process

PHI 300 Logic OR PHI 324 Applied Ethics

POL 330 Law and Literature

POL 440 Law Internship

POL 453 Administrative Law and Bureaucracy

POL 484 Constitutional Law I*

POL 485 Constitutional Law II*

*Recommend completion of POL 484 and POL 485

Public Administration

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

POL 395 Political Economy

POL 451 Executive Leadership and Management in the Public Sector

POL 453 Administrative Law and Bureaucracy

POL 465 Policy Process and Analysis

POL 491 Public Personnel Management

POL 493 Principles of Public Administration

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Political Science majors should be able to demonstrate the skills necessary for a life of responsible citizenship in the democratic political process and meaningful civic engagement in the life of the community.

2. Political Science majors should know the basic features of democratic governance and understand the philosophical, religious, cultural, and historical basis of its development.

3. Political Science majors should be familiar with and be able to analyze a wide range of theories concerning public administration and policy formation, the role of economics in political decision making, and the impact of these processes on democratic institutions.

4. Political Science majors should be able to demonstrate in written and oral form engagement in a personal faith-pilgrimage which enables the integration of faith and reason, the development of value-based character, and a commitment to the service of God and human culture.

Traditional Program Requirements

Political Science Major (39 units) BA

Core Courses (30 units)

Lower Division Requirements

Lower Division Elective Requirements

Complete three (3) units from the following

Upper Division Requirements

American Institutions and Processes Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:*

International Relations Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following*:

Political Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following*:

Pre-Law Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following*:

Public Administration Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following*:

*Students who double major in history and political science to meet single subject matter competency should refer to the social science single subject matter competency program requirements when selecting electives. See the Social Science Subject Matter Competence advisor, Dr. Eric Brook, for course requirement details. Political Science majors may not use any one course to satisfy two or more elective requirements.

Concentration Courses (9 units)

Students must complete at least nine (9) units, not completed in the core, in one of the following concentrations: Public Administration; Political Philosophy; American Institutions and Processes; International Relations; Pre-Law. Political Science majors may not use any one course to satisfy two or more concentration requirements.

American Institutions and Processes

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

International Relations

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

Political Philosophy

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

Pre-Law

Complete nine (9) units from the following:

*Recommend completion of POL 484 and POL 485

Public Administration

Complete nine (9) units from the following: