Jan 28, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science (B.A., B.S.)

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Political Science

The Political Science program is designed for students who want to work in campaigns and government; teach government and history in high school; or who want a traditional liberal arts major which prepares them to think critically and enter a wide variety of business and other nongovernmental organizations. Our majors are also prepared for law school and graduate school. A minor is required. Courses cannot be counted in both the major and minor. A departmental exit exam is required the last semester before graduation.

  Credit Hours
General Education (see TBR Common Core )
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement

Specific General Education Requirements

Upper Division Major Requirements: 6 Credit Hours

Major Electives: 18 Credit Hours

Professional Courses

These courses are offered for the advanced political science major and are available with permission of the instructor. POLS 4540 , POLS 455A , POLS 455B , POLS 455C  do not count toward the major.

Legal Studies Concentration

This concentration is recommended for students who wish to have careers as paralegals.


Select 9 additional upper division hours, excluding POLS 4540  and above except by permission of the chair. No minor is required. A departmental exit exam is taken during the last semester before graduation.

Courses below will not be options for the Constitutional Law I or II and will be considered upper division electives:

POLS 4300 - Judicial Politics and Behavior  3

POLS 4370 - Juvenile Law  3

POLS 4380 - Constitutional Analysis  3

Political Science Teaching Licensure Specialization

Professional Education Minor: 23 Credit Hours

  • Student Teaching  12

Other Licensure Options through the College of Education

In addition to the teacher licensure options noted above (K-6, 4-8, and Special Education), licensure is also available in the following secondary and K-12 specialty fields.

Art (K-12)
Biology (7-12)
Chemistry (7-12)
English (7-12)
French, Spanish, German or Latin (7-12)
Government (7-12)
Health and Human Performance (K-12)
History (7-12)
History with Economics (7-12)
History with Geography (7-12)
History with Government (7-12)
Mathematics (7-12)
Music, Instrumental (K-12)
Music, Vocal and General (K-12)

Consult the individual academic departments for information about the majors that lead to these teaching licensures.

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