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DISCIPLINE COVER SHEET #2

SEMESTER

CURRICULUM CHANGES

FORM B

(2/00)

FORM B: DISCIPLINE OBJECTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS

(Submit to Division Chair)

Note: All changes become effective the fall semester following Campus Assembly approval.

 

Discipline:

Political Science

Date

10/30/00

See instructions given in separate document.

 

I. Introductory Statement:

This discipline is in the Division of the Social Sciences.

Political science course descriptions follow.

II. Objectives:

Students who complete the political science

major are able to critically analyze not only the behavior of

political actors, but also their respective political institutions

and political systems. The main objectives of the political

science major are to enable students to use strong analytical

skills and critical thinking in their analysis of theories,

institutions, and processes in political science. The program

prepares students for work in government and private

business, and it prepares students for additional training in

law and graduate programs.

A political science major is expected to show knowledge of

political institutions, behavior, and processes in domestic

and/or international settings. Students learn how and why

governments are structured, operate, make policy, and

manage social conflict. A political science major is expected

to demonstrate a critical understanding of the major schools

of political thought. Upon completion of the major, students

of political science:

1) have the ability to critically analyze, interpret, and

synthesize the theories that are prevalent in a major subfield

of political science

2) are more empowered to participate in government due to

increased familiarity with politics and government

3) are adequately prepared for entrance into graduate or

professional school

 

III. Assessment:

No Change

 

 

IV. Requirements for a Major:

Major Requirements include a minimum of 36 credits taken within the political science discipline, as well as either Math 1601 or Math 2601. Courses taken within political science must include:

Pol 1101—Introduction to Political Science
Pol 2101—Introduction to Political Science Analysis

In addition, Political science majors must complete all of the requirements in at least one of the following subfields:

Subfield I: American Politics
Pol 1201—American Government and Politics
12 upper division credits in the American politics subfield (Pol 32xx)
8 upper division credits in political theory (Pol 33xx), international relations (Pol 34xx), and/or comparative politics (Pol 35xx)
4 additional elective credits in Pol 3xxx courses

Subfield II: International Relations and Comparative Politics
Pol 1301—Comparative Politics or Pol 1401—World Politics
12 upper division credits in the international relations and comparative politics subfield (Pol 34xx, Pol 35xx)
8 upper division credits in American politics (Pol 32xx) and/or political theory (Pol 33xx)
4 additional elective credits in Pol 3xxx courses

Subfield III: Political Theory
12 upper division credits in the political theory subfield (Pol 33xx)
8 upper division credits in American politics (Pol 32xx), international relations (Pol 34xx), and/or comparative politics (Pol 35xx)
8 additional elective credits in Pol 3000 courses

Courses with grades of D may not be used to meet the major requirements.

Finally, political science majors are required to construct an academic portfolio. See the division office for details about the contents and the deadlines for submission.

Students are strongly encouraged to take lower division courses in each of the four subfields. In addition, the political science discipline strongly recommends that students take advantage of opportunities in internships, field studies, and study abroad.

V. Requirements for a Minor:

The political science minor requires at least 20 political

science credits. Minors must complete:

Pol 1101 – Introduction to Political Science

And at least 8 upper division Pol 3xxx credits

Courses with grades of D may not be used to meet the

minor requirements.

VI. Requirements for Teacher Preparation:

Students seeking teaching licensure in any of the social

sciences must complete a social science major. Political

science majors seeking teaching licensure must also

complete a social science major and the required

professional education courses, including methods and

student teaching in social studies. Required courses may not

be taken S-N unless offered S-N only.

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