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Political Science and Public Policy Major Description and Requirements

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This major combines the study of government and the political process with an academic and practical understanding of the creation and implementation of public policies. This unique program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of governments, politics, and policy at local, state, national, and international levels.

Total Credits for a Major in Political Science and Public Policy: 46

Required Foundation Courses

  • US Government & Public Policy (POSC 201)
  • Comparative Government & Public Policy (POSC 202)
  • International Relations (POSC 205)
  • Political Science Research & Methods (POSC 210)
  • United State History to 1877 (HIST 203)
  • United States History after 1877 (HIST 204)

Upper Level Requirements (7 credits)

  • Seminar in Problems in Political Science (POSC 401-402) or Seminar in Public Policy (POSC 403)
  • Internship in Political Science & Public Policy (POSC 540)
  • Career and ePortfolio Workshop (POSC 450; 1 credit hour)

Upper Level Electives (21 credits required)--choose from:

  • Zoe and TaylorPolitics & News Media in America (POSC 300)
  • Constitutional Law (POSC 304)
  • American Political Institutions (POSC 313)
  • Topics in Political Science (POSC 315)
  • Topics in Public Policy (POSC 316)
  • American Political Behavior (POSC 323)
  • Politics of War & Conflict (POSC 333)
  • Inequality & Social Policy (POSC 340/SOWK 340)
  • Political Economy (POSC 343)
  • Teaching Assistantship in Political Science
  • Directed Independent Study (POSC 500)
  • Internship in Political Science (POSC 540; in addition to required 3-credit internship)
  • Macroeconomics (ECON 141)
  • Introduction to Statistics (MATH 232)
  • Politics & Environmental Policy (ENVI 310)
  • Environmental Law (ENVI 341)
  • Social & Political Philosophy (PHIL 360)

Political Science & Public Policy Minor Requirements

StephanThe Political Science and Public Policy minor lets you study a variety of political institutions and processes. The minor enhances the chosen major for those interested in careers in law, government, public service, journalism, or business. For a History major adding a minor in Political Science and Public Policy, POSC 201 and POSC 202 can count toward the minor requirements, but the remaining four electives must be different from the courses used to fulfill the History major requirements.


Total credit hours required for Political Science and Public Policy Minor: 18

Required Courses:

  • US Government and Public Policy (POSC 201)
  • Comparative Government and Public Policy (POSC 202)
  • Four electives approved by the Department (12 credits)