Political Science Major: BA Degree Requirements

Political Science Major:
BA Degree Requirements

Transfer students who wish to graduate from Eastern with a major in Political Science must complete at least 18 credits at Eastern applied to the Political Science Major. Each transfer student’s program must be approved by the student’s Political Science advisor.

All Political Science majors must maintain an overall 2.0 average in major courses and receive no more than two grades below 2.0.

Thirty hours of courses applied toward the major may not be used to satisfy any other university requirement. Hours applied to the major above 30 may also be used to satisfy requirements for a second major or minor. Section IVB of the GER is waived for majors. Six credits of political science courses can double count in the LAC and the Major.

Track one: Political Science
Required Courses:
SubjectCourseTitleCredits
PSC110Introduction to American Government and Politics
PSC140Introduction to International Relations
PSC201Qualitative Research Methods
PSC202Quantitative Research Methods
PSC208Comparative Politics
PSC210PSC 210: Political Science Research Methods This course has been eliminated and replaced with a new set of requirements. Students will still have to take research methods. You will now have to complete two courses: PSC 201: Qualitative Research Methods and PSC 202: Quantitative Research Methods. Current students can count one course towards the research methods requirement and the other course will replace one of the 7 electives in the major (in any of the three categories of electives). Any student entering the department in Fall 2010 or later will have both PSC 201 and PSC 202 required, in addition to the 7 electives.
Electives in U.S. Government and Politics (Choose 3 Courses Below):
PSC200State and Local Politics and Government
PSC205Public Administration
PSC215Political Parties and Elections
PSC216Interest Group Politics
PSC227(WST 227): Women and Politics
PSC325Politics and the Mass Media
PSC326(WST 326): Politics of Race, Class and Gender
PSC330The Presidency
PSC335Legislative Politics
PSC339Constitutional Law I: Powers and Processes
PSC340Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties
PSC341Judicial Process
PSC350Public Policy and Decision Making
PSC351Environmental Politics and Policy
PSC353Natural Resources Politics
PSC480Independent Study (When Topically Appropriate)
PSC490Municipal Government Internship
PSC491State Government Internship
PSC492Law Internship
PSC493National Government Internship
PSC495State/Local/Law Internships
Electives in Comparative Politics and International Relations (Choose 3 Courses Below):
PSC230Middle Eastern Politics
PSC240Latin American Politics
PSC250Asian Politics
PSC270Former Soviet Union
PSC275Media, Internet and Politics
PSC305(CAS 305): Comparative Public Administration
PSC310European Politics
PSC311International Development and Sustainability
PSC320American Foreign Policy
PSC323Democratization
PSC352Global Environmental Politics
PSC355Nuclear Threat and Peaceful Change
PSC480Independent Study (When Topically Appropriate)
PSC494International Internship
Electives in Methods and Political Theory (Choose 1 Course Below):
PSC212Political Science Statistics
PSC220Democratic Theory
PSC225Organizational Theory
PSC314(PHI 314) Modern Social and Politial Thought
PSC315American Political Thought
PSC316(PHI 316) Ancient Political Thought
PSC370(PHI 370) Human Rights: Natural and Civil
PSC400Political Inquiry (LAC Tier 3 Course)
PSC480Independent Study (When Topically Appropriate)
PSC 460: Seminar in Political Science
Internship or Study Abroad
All students must complete an internship or study abroad. That experience will be fit into the appropriate category and satisfy the requirement for one course in the category.
Track II: Political Science and Social Studies
This track is meant to facilitate students seeking certification to teach high school social studies. Student can only choose this option with the permission of the chair of the political science program.
Required Courses:
PSC110Introduction to American Government and Politics
PSC140
or
208
Introduction to International Relations (PSC 140)
or
Comparative Politics (PSC 208)
PSC201Qualitative Research Methods
PSC202Quantitative Research Methods
PSC210PSC 210: Political Science Research Methods
This course has been eliminated and replaced with a new set of requirements. Students will still have to take research methods. You will now have to complete two courses: PSC 201: Qualitative Research Methods and PSC 202: Quantitative Research Methods. Current students can count one course towards the research methods requirement and the other course will replace one of the 7 electives in the major (in any of the three categories of electives). Any student entering the department in Fall 2010 or later will have both PSC 201 and PSC 202 required, in addition to the 7 electives.
Electives in U.S. Government and Politics (Choose 2 Courses Below):
PSC200State and Local Politics and Government
PSC205Public Administration
PSC215Political Parties and Elections
PSC216Interest Group Politics
PSC227(WST 227): Women and Politics
PSC325Politics and the Mass Media
PSC326(WST 326): Politics of Race, Class and Gender
PSC330The Presidency
PSC335Legislative Politics
PSC339Constitutional Law I: Powers and Processes
PSC340Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties
PSC341Judicial Process
PSC350Public Policy and Decision Making
PSC351Environmental Politics and Policy
PSC353Natural Resources Politics
Electives in Comparative Politics and International Relations (Choose 1 Course Below):
PSC230Middle Eastern Politics
PSC240Latin American Politics
PSC250Asian Politics
PSC270Former Soviet Union
PSC275Media, Internet and Politics
PSC305(CAS 305): Comparative Public Administration
PSC310European Politics
PSC311International Development and Sustainability
PSC320American Foreign Policy
PSC323Democratization
PSC352Global Environmental Politics
PSC355Nuclear Threat and Peaceful Change
Electives in Methods and Political Theory (Choose 1 Course Below):
PSC212Political Science Statistics
PSC220Democratic Theory
PSC225Organizational Theory
PSC314(PHI 314) Modern Social and Politial Thought
PSC315American Political Thought
PSC316(PHI 316) Ancient Political Thought
PSC400Political Inquiry (LAC Tier 3 Course)
Electives in Social Studies Certification Courses (Choose 4 Courses Below):
ANT106Cultural Anthropology
ANT221Native Americans
or
ANT337Urban Anthropology
ECO100Political Economy of Social Issues
ECO200Macroeconomics
GEO100Introduction to Geography
HIS120Early American History
or
HIS121Recent American History
or
HIS310Great Issues: Survey in U.S. History
HIS231Western Civilization since 1500
PSY100General Psychology
SOC100Introduction to Sociology
PSC 460: Seminar in Political Science
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