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Political Science Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Credit Hours: 36+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Courses

POLI 101

American Government (3) PR: None

 

 

POLI 103

World Politics (3) PR: None

OR

 

POLI 104

World Regional Geography (3) PR: None

 

 

POLI 150

Introduction to Political Thought (3) PR: None

POLI 205

Doing Research in Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 405

Capstone Seminar (3) PR: POLI 205; Take in the last 9 credit hours of POLI courses.

Note: At least 15 credit hours at the 300-level or above is required of this major.

Select a minimum of 3 credit hours in each of the three subfields of political science.

American Politics and Process

POLI 210

Introduction to Public Administration (3) PR: None

POLI 211

Introduction to Public Policy (3) PR: None

POLI 213

State and Local Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 214

LGBT Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 301

Bureaucratic Politics and Policy (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 304

American Foreign Policy Process (3) PR: None

POLI 305

Urbanization and Urban Geography (3) PR: None

POLI 306

Urban Policy (3) PR: None

POLI 307

Environmental Policy (3) PR: None

POLI 308

Education Policy (3) PR: None

POLI 309

Health Policy (3) PR: None

POLI 310

Urban Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3) PR: None

POLI 311

Policymaking in State Legislatures (3) PR: None

POLI 319

Special Topics in Public Policy (3) PR: None

POLI 320

Constitutional Law (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 321

Civil Liberties (3) PR: None

POLI 322

Urban Government and Politics (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 323

The Congress (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 324

The Judiciary (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 325

The Presidency (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 326

American Politics and Mass Media (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 327

Political Parties (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 328

Campaigns and Elections (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 329

Public Opinion in American Politics (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 330

Southern Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 331

Geography of Native Lands/Indian Law (3) PR: None

POLI 332

Women and Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 333

Suburbia: People, Places, and Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 334

Political Campaign Communications (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 335

Religion in American Politics (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 339

Special Topics in American Politics (3) PR: None

Global Politics and Spaces

POLI 240

Introduction to Comparative Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 245

Cuban Revolution (3) PR: None

POLI 260

International Relations Theory (3) PR: None

POLI 265

International Political Economy (3) PR: None

POLI 266

International Diplomacy Studies (3) PR: None

POLI 340

Politics of Latin America (3) PR: None

POLI 342

Politics of Africa (3) PR: None

POLI 343

Politics of East Asia (3) PR: None

POLI 344

Politics of the Middle East (3) PR: None

POLI 345

Politics of China (3) PR: None

POLI 346

Politics of Southeast Asia (3) PR: None

POLI 347

International Development: Theories and Practices (3) PR: None

POLI 348

Politics of Protest and Revolution (3) PR: None

POLI 350

Comparative Gender Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 351

Politics of Contemporary Brazil (3) PR: None

POLI 352

Geographies and Politics of the European Union (3) PR: None

POLI 353

Geographies and Politics of Food (3) PR: None

POLI 359

Special Topics in Comparative Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 360

International Human Rights Law (3) PR: None

POLI 361

Topics in Foreign Policy (3) PR: None

POLI 363

International Law and Organization (3) PR: None

POLI 364

International Environmental Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 365

International Relations of the Middle East (3) PR: None

POLI 367

Geography of International Conflict (3) PR: None

POLI 368

Political Geography (3) PR: None

POLI 369

Politics of Globalization (3) PR: None

POLI 379

Special Topics in International Relations (3) PR: None

Politics of Ideas

POLI 292

Topics in Gender, Theory and Law (3) PR: None

POLI 293

Ethics and Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 294

Sustainability (3) PR: None

POLI 295

Law and Society (3) PR: None

POLI 380

Jurisprudence (3) PR: None

POLI 387

American Political Thought (3) PR: None

POLI 390

Contemporary Liberalism (3) PR: None

POLI 391

Utopia/ Dystopia (3) PR: None

POLI 395

Global Political Theory (3) PR: None

POLI 397

Environmental Geography (3) PR: None

POLI 399

Special Topics in Politics of Ideas (3) PR: None

Select 12 additional credit hours to complete the major. Choose from any of the above subfield courses or the following:

POLI 119

Special Topics in Politics (3) PR: None

POLI 203

Criminal Justice (3) PR: None

POLI 400

Tutorial (3) PR: Junior standing; tutor and department chair permission

POLI 401

Reading and Independent Study in Political Science (3) PR: Instructor permission

POLI 402

Field Internship (3) PR: POLI 205; junior or senior standing; department permission, completion of 18 credit hours in POLI; Normally, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and a POLI major GPA of 2.80.

POLI 499

Bachelor’s Essay (3) PR: A project proposal must be submitted in writing and approved by the department prior to registration for the course.

Optional: Students may add a concentration in Politics, Philosophy and Law

Politics, Philosophy and Law (18 credit hours)

A concentration in Politics, Philosophy, and Law allows focused attention on theoretical issues related to the law. The concentration is jointly administered by the departments of philosophy and political science.

Required Courses

PHIL 209

Political Philosophy (3) PR: None

OR

 

POLI 150

Introduction to Political Thought (formerly POLS 250) (3) PR: None

 

 

POLI 320

Constitutional Law (formerly POLS 341) (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

 

 

PHIL 270

Philosophy of Law (3) PR: None

OR

 

POLI 380

Jurisprudence (formerly POLS 344) (3) PR: None

 

 

PPLW 400*

Seminar in Politics, Philosophy and Law (3) PR: Senior standing

Note: *This course will substitute for PHIL 450 or POLI 405 as major requirement.

Select an additional two courses from the following:

PHIL 206

Topics in Law and Morality (3) PR: None

PHIL 210

Philosophy, Law, and the Arts (3) PR: None

PHIL 315

Topics in Political and Social Philosophy (3) PR: 6 credit hours in PHIL

POLI 292

Topics in Gender, Theory, and Law (3) PR: None

POLI 295

Law and Society (3) PR: None

POLI 321

Civil Liberties (3) PR: None

POLI 324

The Judiciary (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 331

Geography of Native Lands/Indian Law (3) PR: None

POLI 360

International Human Rights Law (3) PR: None

POLI 363

International Law and Organization (3) PR: None

POLI 390

Contemporary Liberalism (3) PR: None

Note: Additional courses on suitable topics may be approved for credit by the director. Since POLI 320 is required, PHIL majors will take at least one course in POLI. POLI majors must also take at least one course in PHIL.

Political Science Teacher Education Program (Grades 9-12)

Students interested in teacher certification in social studies must complete the political science major, the additional coursework required for social studies certification and the Secondary Education Cognate major requirements. See the School of Education, Health and Human Performance section of this catalog for a listing of the requirements for the additional certification coursework and the secondary education cognate major. Students should apply for acceptance to this program no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. Requirements for this include admission to and successful completion of the approved teacher education program. Students must successfully complete all requirements for certification in secondary education.

When declaring teacher certification in social studies through the Program of Study Management System (POSM), students must first select "Declare or Add a Major" and then "Secondary Education Cognate" from the major list. Once this selection is made, a second menu box will appear with a list of the associated majors. Select the political science major and follow the on-screen instructions.