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Political Science (Honors Track Available)

Students who wish to pursue a career in the field of law often major in Political Science. The Department of Political Science recommends that students planning to enroll in law school also complete a suggested 12-credit pre-law sequence in addition to the major.

 

Regular Track – Required Courses (15 credits)

  • POLN 101 - American Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 102 - Comparative Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 103 - International Relations - 3 credits
  • POLN 201 - Introduction to Political Theory - 3 credits
  • POLN 493 - Advanced Topics in Social Science - 3 credits

Honors Track – Required Courses (18)

In addition to the regular track required courses, psychology honors track students must take the following:

  • POLN 494 - Senior Honors Project in Political Science - 3 credits

Regular Track – Five electives from the following: (15 credits)

Honors Track – Six electives from the following: (18 credits)

  • MATN 261 - Statistics for Social Science Majors -  3 credits
  • POLN 207 - Introduction to American Law - 3 credits
  • POLN 212 - International Organizations - 3 credits
  • POLN 222 - International Law - 3 credits
  • POLN 226 - Public Administration - 3 credits
  • POLN 231 - Democracy - 3 credits
  • POLN 241 - The Presidency - 3 credits
  • POLN 242 - Congress and the Legislative Process - 3 credits
  • POLN 244 - American Political Parties - 3 credits
  • POLN 246 - Judicial Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 261 - Government and Politics of Israel - 3 credits
  • POLN 303 - Contemporary Political Theory - 3 credits
  • POLN 304 - Politics of the Middle East - 3 credits
  • POLN 305 - Third World in International Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 307 - Terrorism - 3 credits
  • POLN 309 - Civil Rights and Liberties - 3 credits
  • POLN 310 - The Supreme Court and the Constitution - 3 credits
  • POLN 311 - Introduction to Legal Principles - 3 credits
  • POLN 315 - American Foreign Policy - 3 credits
  • POLN 328 - Psychology and Politics - 3 credits
  • POLN 341 - State and Local Government - 3 credits
  • POLN 361 - Politics of Asia - 3 credits

Total Credits in Program 30 (regular track)
Total Credits in Program 36 (honors track)

Suggested Additional Credits

  • POLN 485 - Legislative Internship - 3 credits
  • POLN 486 - Communal Internship - 3 credits
  • POLN 487 - Government Internship - 3 credits