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2017-2018 Catalog

Political Science Teaching (BS)


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  • Program Prerequisite: Political Science Teaching majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Department of Teacher Education ). Teaching Majors are also required to take HIST 4500 - Teaching Social Studies in Grades 5-12 , for a total of 42 semester hours including HIST 4500 .
  • Minor: A minor or a double major is required.
  • Grade Requirements: Political Science majors must have an overall GPA of 2.00 and a “C” or better grade in courses used toward the major (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable).
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; 40 upper division credit hours are required (courses numbered 3000 and above). Political Science majors are required to take 39 credit hours within the major; teaching majors must also take HIST 4500 - Teaching Social Studies in Grades 5-12 , for a total of 42 credit hours.

Advisement

All Political Science and Political Science Teaching students are required to meet with Dr. Thom Kuehls, the Political Science faculty advisor, at least annually for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-6698 or email Dr. Kuehls at tkuehls@weber.edu for more information or to schedule an appointment. Teaching majors are encouraged to also consult with advisors in the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education (call 801-626-6269). 

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Admission Requirements

To declare your program of study, please contact Debbie Strait in the Political Science Department office at 801-626-6694 (see Enrollment Services and Information ). There are no special admission or application requirements for the Political Science major. Teaching majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Department of Teacher Education ).

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts requirements. See specific requirements for the BA and BS under the major course requirements. Five Political Science courses can fulfill both general education and Political Science major or minor requirements: POLS 1100  fulfills the American Institutions requirement; POLS 2100 , POLS 2200 , POLS 2300 , and POLS 2400  are all Social Science General Education courses, but students may only count one of these three courses towards the Social Science General Education requirements.  Consult with a department advisor for specific general education guidelines. Political Science majors are encouraged to take MATH 1040  (Statistics) to fulfill their Quantitative Literacy Requirement and LIBS 2804  to fulfill Part D of their Computer and Information Literacy requirement.

Students who transfer from another institution and who intend to graduate from WSU with a minor in Political Science or a Political Science Teaching minor will be required to take at least two classes in Political Science at WSU. Students who transfer from another institution and who intend to graduate from WSU with a major in Political Science or a Political Science Teaching major will be required to take at least three classes in POLS, plus POLS 4990  Senior Seminar at WSU. These classes must be taken during the calendar year immediately preceding graduation.

AP credit for high school American Government courses will be accepted for Political Science POLS 1100 . It will count toward the total hours required for graduation and count toward the total of 39 credit hours required for a Political Science major. A score of “4” or above is required.

Political Science Major Course Requirements for BS


Majors obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Political Science must take a minimum of twelve hours of coursework that emphasizes analysis of data, application of evidence based investigation, formulation and testing of predictive models, or address quantitative methods at a level that requires quantitative literacy. Three of these twelve hours will be met by taking POLS 3990 , a core requirement for Political Science majors seeking a Bachelor of Science. The other nine hours must come from the following list of courses:

Note:


Any of the Political Science courses taken to meet the BS requirements may also be used to meet the appropriate Political Science requirements listed below. Also, any of the above courses may have pre-requisites not listed here that will need to be met.

Core Courses Required for Teaching BS (21 credit hours)


Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements (18 credit hours)


See Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements below

Political Science Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements for BS


Take at least three courses in one of the following areas, at least two courses in a second area, and at least one course in the final area.

Note:

All Political Science courses- as well as HIST 3230 , PHIL 3200 , CJ 4065 , and WGS 3050 -count toward the total hours required for the political science major and minor. However, none of these courses, if they are being counted for the political science major or minor, may count toward another major or minor. Similarly, if any of these courses are being counted for a major or minor that is not political science, they cannot be counted for the major or minor requirements of political science. 

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