Political Science Optional Concentrations Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree program prepares students to pursue careers in law, politics, international affairs, foreign policy, public administration, urban planning, public relations, trade associations, teaching or private industry. Although the program does not limit students to specific tracks, three optional concentrations are available that each require experiential learning via study abroad or an internship.

International Relations Concentration

(A minimum of 20 credits of the 44 credits required for the major from the list below or study abroad courses with prior approval)

  • PS 150 Comparative Politics
  • PS 225 Politics of the Developing World
  • PS 240 United States Foreign Policy
  • PS 241 International Relations
  • PS 243 Introduction to Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • PS 228 Latin American Politics
  • PS 270 Introduction to Security Studies
  • PS 211 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • PS 335 Politics of Russia and East Europe
  • PS 370 International Human Rights
  • PS 385 Special Studies in Political Science (by permission)
  • PS 403 Culture and Conflict
  • PS 411 Introduction to International Law
  • PS 420 International Security
  • PS 421 International Organizations
  • PS 422 Conflict Resolution in Deeply Divided Societies
  • PS 433 Conflict Transformation
  • PS 443 Peace Perspectives of World Religion

Study Abroad (At least one course/experience recommended)

  • ID 181 International Experience
  • ID 281 International Research Experience
  • ID 381 Field Study Abroad
  • PS 280 International Model United Nations

Semester or Academic Year Abroad (with 300-level courses available)

Pre-Law and Political Theory Concentration

(A minimum of 20 credits of the 44 credits required for the major from the list below or study abroad courses with prior approval)

  • PS 110 Law and the Legal Process
  • PS 218 Criminal Law and Procedures
  • PS 220 American Constitutional Law
  • US 232 Mock Trial Workshop
  • PS/PL 245 Political Thought
  • PS 330 American Political Thought
  • PS 340 The Judiciary
  • PS 370 International Human Rights
  • PS 375 Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment
  • PS 411 Introduction to International Law

Internship (Recommended - 4 credits)

  • PS 324 Pre-Law Intern Program

U.S. Politics and Policy Concentration

(A minimum of 20 credits of the 44 credits required for the major from the list below or study abroad courses with prior approval)

  • PS 101 American Politics
  • PS 215 Gender Roles and Family Policy
  • PS 220 American Constitutional Law
  • PS 230 Environmental Policy
  • PS 240 United States Foreign Policy
  • PS 340 The Judiciary
  • PS 350 The Presidency
  • PS 360 The Congress

Internship Required (2 or 4 credits)

  • PS 380 Political Internship

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