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Major Requirements

Major Requirements, 2002-2003 or later

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The requirements for majoring in Political Science have been adopted in order to provide students with a foundation in the major areas of the discipline, as well as a concentrated plan of study in one of three areas: American Politics; Public Policy; or International Relations/Comparative Politics; or in a general area. The major consists of 36 hours, as follows:

Bachelor of Arts in POLITICAL SCIENCE
All students must take 36 credits in the major (distributed as shown below) and must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.0 in all their POL coursework combined.

Total Hours

Core Courses: Four core courses, distributed as shown below, must be taken.  Additional core courses may be taken as part of your electives (see below).

12

10100 – American Politics     or

10300 – Public Policy

10004 – Comparative Politics     or

10500 – World Politics

20001 – Political Methods

20002 – Political Thought  or

20003 – Political Economy

Submajor (Concentration) Courses: Five courses must be taken in your submajor, selected from the respective lists below.

15

American Politics

Public Policy

International Relations – Comparative Politics

General

30100 – American Political Theory

30300 – Public Policy Theory

30500 – International Relations Theory

You may select courses from any of the submajors appearing to the left.

30110 – Congress

30301 – Introduction to Public Administration

30520 – European Politics

30120 – Presidency and Executive Bureaucracy

30310 – Public Policy Analysis

30530 – Asian Politics

30130 – Courts

30350 – Environmental Conflict Resolution

30540 – African Politics

30430 – Ohio Politics

30430 – Ohio Politics

30550 – Latin American Politics

30450 – Urban Politics & Policy

30450 – Urban Politics & Policy

30551 – U.S.-Latin American Relations

30460 – State Politics & Policy

30460 – State Politics & Policy

30560 – Middle East Politics

40112 – Politics and the Mass Media

30810 – Politics of the Global Economy

30810 – Politics of the Global Economy

40116 – Public Opinion and Political Behavior

30820 – International Organizations and Law

30820 – International Organizations and Law

40118 – Political Parties and Interest Groups

30840 – Nongovernmental Organizations

30840 – Nongovernmental Organizations

40182 – Con. Law: Government Powers

40320 – Ethics and Public Policy

40530 – Politics of War

40183 – Con. Law: Civil Rights & Liberties

40410 – Regulatory Policy

40540 – Politics of Development

40410 – Regulatory Policy

40440 – U.S. Environmental Politics & Policies

40560 – Human Rights and Social Justice

40440 – U.S. Environmental Politics & Policies

40450 – Health Care and Social Policy

40620 – Politics of Social Movements

40450 – Health Care and Social Policy

40470 – Women, Politics, and Policy

40840 – Comparative Foreign Policy

40470 – Women, Politics and Policy

40840 – Comparative Foreign Policy

40930 – U.S. Foreign Policy

40620 – Politics of Social Movements

40930 – U.S. Foreign Policy

40930 – U.S. Foreign Policy

Elective Courses: Two courses must be selected from anywhere in the major.  At least one of the two must be at the upper-division level, although both may be.

6

Capstone (Senior Seminar) Course:  You must take the seminar in your area of concentration.  (General submajors may take the seminar in any area.)

3

40191 – Seminar in American Politics

40391 – Seminar in Public Policy

40591 – Seminar in IRCP

40191   or   40391   or   40591

TOTAL

36

·       The Washington Program in National Issues (WPNI) and The Columbus Program in Intergovernmental Issues (CPII) may be substituted for the 15 hours required in the submajor,
depending on the nature of the internship undertaken while in those programs.

·       40995 – Selected Topics in Political Science generally will count toward the 6 Elective hours and may (depending on subject matter and with approval of the Undergraduate Coordinator) count toward a submajor.

·       40992 – Public Service and 40996 – Individual Investigation do not count toward any of the 36 hours required for the major.

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