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BA in Political Science


The major in Political Science emphasizes the empirical, analytical, comparative and normative investigation of political issues, policies and systems in the world. Attention given to critical thinking, problem-solving, research and writing skills. Introductory courses present basic ideas, issues and concepts of Political Science. Upper-level courses provide in-depth investigation of introductory material and focus on specialized areas.


Writing-intensive course requirement

The writing-intensive course requirement is met with one course chosen from POLS 250 or 460.

Students must complete 39 hours in the Political Science major.


POLS 201 US Government
POLS 250 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 270 Introduction to World Politics
POLS 298 Moot Court or POLS 299 Model United Nations
POLS 333 Classical Political Thought or POLS 334 Modern Political Thought
POLS 460 Major Issues in Politics
POLS 346 International Political Economy

Plus completion of the American Political Studies or Comparative Political Studies Track:
American Political Studies Track

Choose four courses from:

POLS 309 Campaigns and Elections
POLS 313 Constitutional Law and the Judicial System
POLS 315 Congress and the Presidency
POLS 320 Ethnic, Minority, and Gender Politics
POLS 326 Contemporary American Foreign Policy
POLS 334 Modern Political Thought
POLS 340 Environmental Politics

Plus: Choose two courses from the Comparative Political Studies track
Comparative Political Studies Track

Choose four of the following:

POLS 301 European Politics
POLS 302 African Politics
POLS 303 Latin American Politics
POLS 304 Politics of the Middle East
POLS 306 Politics of Developing Countries
POLS 307 Asian Politics
POLS 332 Politics and Society of Ireland
POLS 344 International Law
POLS 345 International Human Rights
POLS 347 Global Conflict
HIST 309 Contemporary Europe
HIST 361 Ideas and Values in Conflict in History

Plus: Choose two courses from the American Political Studies track.

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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