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THE MAJOR

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science are as follows:

I.    The Common Curriculum

II.   Departmental Requirements:

        A.   Lower division requirements: 9 hours

    One course from three of the following fields:

    1.    American Politics (PLSI 1301 or 1302 or 1303)

    2.    Comparative Politics (PLSI 1331, 1332)

    3.    International Politics (PLSI 1341)

    4.    Political Theory (PLSI 1361)

        B.   Political Science majors may choose among five separate curricula.

    1.  General Political Science    

          Students who have a general interest in Political Science may choose to
         
major  in  the discipline without selecting a concentration.  Majors who
          choose this option must meet the following requirements:

a.    Satisfaction of the lower division requirement (9 hours)

b.    Distribution of courses in five subfields: The student is required to take at least one course in each of the discipline's five major fields (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public Law, and Political Theory.  Judicial Process can be used to satisfy the Public Law requirement).  Lower division courses may be used to satisfy this distribution requirement.

c.    Eight upper division courses (24 hours).

    2.   Comparative/International Politics

This concentration is designed for majors who have a primary interest in international relations and/or comparative politics. In addition to preparing students for graduate work in these subfields of the discipline or related disciplines, this concentration is designed for students pursuing careers in international affairs.

a.    Satisfaction of the lower division requirement (9 hours).

b.    One upper division course in American Politics or Public Law (3 hours).

c.    One upper division course in Political Theory(3 hours).

                    d.     Five upper division courses in International Politics or
                    Comparative Politics (15 hours).

e.     One course from the following disciplines outside the
        Department of Political Science (3 hours):

                       Modern Languages and Literatures: 3301 and higher

             Economics:     2318 (World Economy) or
                                   3327 (Comparative Economic Systems)

             History: Any upper division course with a focus on Latin
             America, sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, the Middle East or
             Europe (to be approved by the advisor).

    3.   American Politics

    This concentration is designed for students who anticipate graduate
    studies in American politics or related fields. This concentration is
    also designed for students interested in careers in political campaigns
    or public affairs.

                    a.     Lower division requirements (9 hours).

                    b.     Distribution of courses in five subfields:

The student is required to take at least one course in each of the
discipline's five major fields (American Politics, Comparative Politics,
International Politics, Public Law, and Political Theory. Judicial
Processes can be used to satisfy the Public Law requirement).
Lower division courses may be used to satisfy this distribution
requirement.

c.    Seven upper division courses in American Politics and/or
Constitutional Law (21 hours).

                    d.     Economics 1311 and 1312 (6 hours).

e.    Research Methods in Political Science (PLSI 3372) or
a research methods course offered by another department which
is approved by the advisor (3 hours).

    4.   American Politics and Law

This concentration is designed for students who plan to attend law
school. In addition to courses in political science, this concentration
requires students to take courses that are designed to help develop
analytical skills required for legal studies.

                    a.     Lower division requirements (9 hours).

                    b.     Distribution of courses in five subfields:

The student is required to take at least one course in each of the
discipline’s five major fields (American Politics, Comparative Politics,
International Politics, Public Law, and Political Theory. Judicial
Processes can be used to satisfy the Public Law requirement).
Lower division courses may be used to satisfy this distribution
 requirement.

                    c.     Seven upper division courses in American Politics/Constitutional
                            Law (21 hours).

                    d.     Economics 1311 and 1312 (6 hours).

                    e.     One course, approved by the advisor, in each of the following
                    areas (6 hours):

                   1.     Logic, writing or speech communication

                                     English 3315 Advanced Writing for the Professions

                                     Speech 1333 Public Speaking

                                     Speech 3330 Argumentation

                                     Speech 3334 Persuasion

                                     Philosophy 1341 Introduction to Logic

                                     Philosophy 2340 Symbolic Logic

                             2.     A course which views the law from a perspective other than
                                     that of Political Science

                                     Communications 3362 Media Law and Policy

                                     Business 3302 Legal Concepts of Business I

                                     Business 3341 Legal Concepts of Business II

                                     Business 3361 International Business Law

                                     Economics 3339 Economic Analysis of Law

                                     Philosophy 3353 Philosophy of Law

                                     Religion 4312 Theology, Theory and the Law

                                     Sociology 3350 Sociology of Law

    5.    American Public Policy

This concentration is designed for students who are interested in
public policy and policy analysis.

                    a.     Lower division requirements (9 hours).

                    b.     Distribution of courses in five subfields.

The student is required to take at least one course in each
of the discipline's five major fields (American Politics,
Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public Law, and
Political Theory. Judicial Processes can be used to satisfy
the Public Law requirement). Lower division courses may
be used to satisfy this distribution requirement.

c.    Seven upper division courses in American Politics to include
the following Policy Analysis and the Policymaking Process,
the Federal System, Bureaucratic Politics (21 hours).

d.    Research Methods in Political Science (PLSI 3372) or a
research  methods course offered by another department which
is approved by the advisor (3 hours).

                    e.     Economics 1311 and 1312 (six hours).

f.    Two courses which examine policy making and implementation
from the perspective of another discipline (6 hours):

                            Economics 3323    The Economics of Government

                            Economics 3330    Economics and the Environment

                            Economics 3334    Urban Economics

                            Economics 3336    Antitrust Economics

                            Economics 3338    Government Regulation of Business

                            Sociology 3324      Crime and Delinquency

                            Sociology 3339      The Welfare State

III.    Electives sufficient to total 124 semester hours.
 

GUIDELINES FOR ACCEPTANCE OF MAJORS

1.    Completion of two lower division courses with grades of C or better.

2.    An overall grade point average of at least 2.0

THE MINOR

The requirements for the Minor:

A minimum of 18 semester hours of political science. Six hours shall be
lower division, the remaining twelve shall be upper division. All courses shall
be selected under the supervision of a departmental advisor.

INTERNSHIPS

The department encourages majors and minors to actively pursue internship
opportunities that are available locally or through a variety of study abroad
or Washington, DC programs. Students are encouraged to pursue such
opportunities with or without credit. Political Science 3-97 (Internship in Politics,
Administration, and Law) can only be taken Pass/Fail.

COURSES FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION

The American national government and the Texas government requirements
can be met most efficiently through taking Political Science 1303. The American
national government requirement alone can be met through Political Science 1301.

THE MAJOR

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science
are as follows:

I.    The Common Curriculum

II.   Departmental Requirements:

        A.   Lower division requirements: 9 hours

    One course from three of the following fields:

    1.    American Politics (PLSI 1301 or 1302 or 1303)

    2.    Comparative Politics (PLSI 1331, 1332)

    3.    International Politics (PLSI 1341)

    4.    Political Theory (PLSI 1361)

        B.   Political Science majors may choose among five separate curricula.

    1.  General Political Science    

          Students who have a general interest in Political Science may choose
          to major in the discipline without selecting a concentration.  Majors who
        
 choose this option must meet the following requirements:

a.    Satisfaction of the lower division requirement (9 hours)

b.    Distribution of courses in five subfields: The student is required to take at least one course in each of the discipline's five major fields (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public Law, and Political Theory.  Judicial Process can be used to satisfy the Public Law requirement).  Lower division courses may be used to satisfy this distribution requirement.

c.    Eight upper division courses (24 hours).

    2.   Comparative/International Politics

This concentration is designed for majors who have a primary interest in international relations and/or comparative politics. In addition to preparing students for graduate work in these subfields of the discipline or related disciplines, this concentration is designed for students pursuing careers in international affairs.

a.    Satisfaction of the lower division requirement (9 hours).

b.    One upper division course in American Politics or Public Law
       (3 hours).

c.    One upper division course in Political Theory(3 hours).

                    d.     Five upper division courses in International Politics or Comparative
                            Politics (15 hours).

e.     One course from the following disciplines outside the Department
        of Political Science (3 hours):

                 Modern Languages and Literatures: 3301 and higher

       Economics:     2318 (World Economy) or
                             3327 (Comparative Economic Systems)

       History: Any upper division course with a focus on Latin America,
       sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, the Middle East or Europe (to be
       approved by the advisor).

    3.   American Politics

    This concentration is designed for students who anticipate graduate
    studies in American politics or related fields. This concentration is also
    designed for students interested in careers in political campaigns
    or public affairs.

                    a.     Lower division requirements (9 hours).

                    b.     Distribution of courses in five subfields:

The student is required to take at least one course in each of the
discipline's five major fields (American Politics, Comparative
Politics, International Politics, Public Law, and Political Theory.
Judicial Processes can be used to satisfy the Public Law requirement).
Lower division courses may be used to satisfy this distribution
requirement.

c.    Seven upper division courses in American Politics and/or
Constitutional Law (21 hours).

                    d.     Economics 1311 and 1312 (6 hours).

e.    Research Methods in Political Science (PLSI 3372) or
a research methods course offered by another department which
is approved by the advisor (3 hours).

    4.   American Politics and Law

This concentration is designed for students who plan to attend
law school. In addition to courses in political science, this
concentration requires students to take courses that are designed to
help develop analytical skills required for legal studies.

                    a.     Lower division requirements (9 hours).

                    b.     Distribution of courses in five subfields:

The student is required to take at least one course in each of the
discipline’s five major fields (American Politics, Comparative
Politics, International Politics, Public Law, and Political Theory.
Judicial Processes can be used to satisfy the Public Law
requirement). Lower division courses may be used
to satisfy this distribution requirement.

                    c.     Seven upper division courses in American Politics/Constitutional
                            Law (21 hours).

                    d.     Economics 1311 and 1312 (6 hours).

                    e.     One course, approved by the advisor, in each of the following
                            areas (6 hours):

                   1.     Logic, writing or speech communication

                                     English 3315 Advanced Writing for the Professions

                                     Speech 1333 Public Speaking

                                     Speech 3330 Argumentation

                                     Speech 3334 Persuasion

                                     Philosophy 1341 Introduction to Logic

                                     Philosophy 2340 Symbolic Logic

                             2.     A course which views the law from a perspective other than
                                     that of Political Science

                                     Communications 3362 Media Law and Policy

                                     Business 3302 Legal Concepts of Business I

                                     Business 3341 Legal Concepts of Business II

                                     Business 3361 International Business Law

                                     Economics 3339 Economic Analysis of Law

                                     Philosophy 3353 Philosophy of Law

                                     Religion 4312 Theology, Theory and the Law

                                     Sociology 3350 Sociology of Law

    5.    American Public Policy

This concentration is designed for students who are interested in
public policy and policy analysis.

                    a.     Lower division requirements (9 hours).

                    b.     Distribution of courses in five subfields.

The student is required to take at least one course in each of the
discipline's five major fields (American Politics, Comparative Politics,
International Politics, Public Law, and Political Theory. Judicial
Processes can be used to satisfy the Public Law requirement).
Lower division courses may be used to satisfy this distribution
requirement.

c.    Seven upper division courses in American Politics to include
the following: Policy Analysis and the Policymaking Process,
the Federal System, Bureaucratic Politics (21 hours).

d.    Research Methods in Political Science (PLSI 3372) or
a research methods course offered by another department which
is approved by the advisor (3 hours).

                    e.     Economics 1311 and 1312 (six hours).

f.    Two courses which examine policy making and implementation
from the perspective of another discipline (6 hours):

                            Economics 3323    The Economics of Government

                            Economics 3330    Economics and the Environment

                            Economics 3334    Urban Economics

                            Economics 3336    Antitrust Economics

                            Economics 3338    Government Regulation of Business

                            Sociology 3324      Crime and Delinquency

                            Sociology 3339      The Welfare State

III.    Electives sufficient to total 124 semester hours.
 

GUIDELINES FOR ACCEPTANCE OF MAJORS

1.    Completion of two lower division courses with grades of C or better.

2.    An overall grade point average of at least 2.0

THE MINOR

The requirements for the Minor:

A minimum of 18 semester hours of political science. Six hours shall be lower
division, the remaining twelve shall be upper division. All courses shall be
selected under the supervision of a departmental advisor.

INTERNSHIPS

The department encourages majors and minors to actively pursue internship
opportunities that are available locally or through a variety of study abroad or
Washington, DC programs. Students are encouraged to pursue such
opportunities with or without credit. Political Science 3-97 (Internship in
Politics, Administration, and Law) can only be taken Pass/Fail.

COURSES FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION

The American national government and the Texas government requirements can
be met most efficiently through taking Political Science 1303. The American
national government requirement alone can be met through Political Science 1301.