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  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
2013-2014 Catalog ARCHIVED CATALOG: Content may no longer be accurate.

Political Science (BA)


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Political Science Major and Political Science Teaching Major (BS or BA)


  • Program Prerequisite: Not required for Political Science major. 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 students are required to meet with a faculty advisor at least annually for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-6694 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).  (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)

Admission Requirements

Declare your program of study (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 and General Education Requirements  for either Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts requirements. See specific requirements for the BA and BS under the major course requirements. Four 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 , and POLS 2300  are all Social Science General Education courses, but students may only count one of these three courses towards the Social Science General Education requirement.  Consult with a department advisor for specific general education guidelines. Political Science majors are generally 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 majoring or minoring in Political Science who transfer from another institution and who intend to graduate from WSU will be required to take, in the case of the minor, at least one class in POLS, and in the case of the major, at least two classes in POLS, including Senior Seminar. 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.

Major Course Requirements for BA


Language Courses Required to fulfill the BA (12 credit hours)


Majors obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science must take either a minimum of twelve hours of foreign language, or six hours of foreign language and six hours of language arts coursework that are primarily intended to develop a student’s ability to communicate ideas and concepts with others. The six hours of language arts coursework shall be met by taking any two of the following courses:

Note:


Any of the Political Science courses taken to meet the BA 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 BA (15 credit hours)


Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements (18 credit hours)


See Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements after the BS requirements below

Additional Upper Division Major Course Requirements for BA and BS


Take at least two classes in each of three of the five following areas of specialization.

International Politics


Other Elective Courses


Take any of the following as needed for additional credit hour total, or select additional courses from the courses in the five areas above.

Note:


Students may count up to 6 hours of POLS 4830 , 6 hours of POLS 4800 , and 6 hours of POLS 4860  toward the total of 39 hours required for the major, if needed.

All Political Science courses— as well as HIST 3230 , PHIL 3200  and WS 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. 

Suggested Specialization Courses


Students who wish to focus on one of the six areas of specialization in Political Science (American Government, Public Administration, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Political Theory or Public and Constitutional Law) should take 12 of the required 39 credit hours in that specific subfield as listed below.

International Politics


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