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Political Science B.A.

Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 32
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Political scientists study topics such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relation of politics to the economy, culture, and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. The scope of the discipline is reflected in the main areas of specialization that make up the undergraduate curriculum: political theory, comparative government and politics, international relations, and American governmental systems and processes. In addition, undergraduates may choose from several optional concentrations: business and politics, campaigns and elections, citizenship and civic action, global politics, law and politics, democratization and development, political psychology, beliefs, and behavior, and public affairs.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
It is strongly recommended that students complete one POL 1xxx course prior to admission to the major. See "Preparatory Courses" under program requirements for suggested courses.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 4 semester(s) of any second language.
The Political Science B.A. consists of a minimum of 32 credits, at least 24 of which must be upper-division (POL 3xxx-4xxx). Choosing a sub-plan concentration is optional. Note: POL 3070, 3080, 3085, 3108H, 3110H, 4900V, 4970 may be used to meet the 24-credit upper-division requirement. Students may earn a B.A. or a minor in political science, but not both. Beginning fall 2012, all incoming CLA freshman must complete the appropriate First Year Experience course sequence. Specific information about this collegiate requirement can be found at: http://class.umn.edu/degree_requirements/index.html
Preparatory Courses
It is strongly recommended, but not required, that majors complete lower-division POL coursework. No more than 8 credits of POL 1xxx may count toward the B.A.
Take 0 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· POL 1001 - American Democracy in a Changing World [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1001H - Honors Course: American Democracy in a Changing World [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1019 - Indigenous Peoples: A Global Perspective [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1025 - Global Politics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1026 - We and They: U.S. Foreign Policy (4.0 cr)
· POL 1054 - Puzzles in World Politics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1054H - Honors: Puzzles in World Politics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1201 - Political Ideas and Ideologies [HIS, CIV] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1234 - Citizen U: Building Tomorrow's Citizens Today (3.0 cr)
· POL 1903 - Freshman Seminar (3.0 cr)
· POL 1904 - Topics: Freshman seminar (3.0 cr)
· POL 1905 - Freshman Seminar (3.0 cr)
· POL 1908W - Topics: Freshman Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1909W - Topics: Freshman Seminar [WI] (3.0 cr)
Upper-division Courses
Take at least one course from three of the four subfields: political theory, comparative government, international relations, and American government. Students who do not choose to complete an optional sub-plan should take remaining upper-division coursework from these course lists.
Take 3 or more course(s) including 3 or more sub-requirements(s) from the following:
Political Theory
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 3225 - American Political Thought [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3235W - Democracy and Citizenship [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3251W - Power, Virtue and Vice: Ancient and Early Modern Political Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3252W - Revolution, Democracy, and Empire: Modern Political Thought [AH, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 4253 - Modernity and Its Discontents: Late Modern Political Thought (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4275 - Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (3.0 cr)
· Comparative Government
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3451W - Politics and Society in the New Europe [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3464 - Politics of Inequality (3.0 cr)
· POL 3465 - Theories of Political Economy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3475 - Islamist Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3477 - Political Economy of Development [SOCS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 3479 - Latin American Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4403W - Constitutions, Democracy, and Rights: Comparative Perspectives [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4410 - Topics in Comparative Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 4461W - European Government and Politics [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4463 - The Cuban Revolution Through the Words of Cuban Revolutionaries [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4465 - Southeast Asian Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4473W - Chinese Politics [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4477 - Struggles and Issues in the Middle East (4.0 cr)
· POL 4478W - Contemporary Politics in Africa and the Colonial Legacy [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4481 - Governments and Markets (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4485 - Human Rights and Democracy in the World [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4487 - The Struggle for Democratization and Citizenship (4.0 cr)
· POL 3489W - Citizens, Consumers, and Corporations [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4492 - Law and (In)Justice in Latin America (3.0 cr)
· POL 4494W - US-Latin American Relations [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4495 - Politics of Family, Sex, and Children [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· International Relations
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3810 - Topics in International Relations and Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3833 - The United States and the Global Economy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3835 - International Relations [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3872W - Science, Industry, and Social Change: The Political Economy of Global Environmental Cooperation [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3873W - Global Citizenship and International Ethics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4810 - Topics in International Politics and Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 4867W - United States Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4878W - Israeli-Palestinian Situation [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4883W - Global Governance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4885W - International Conflict and Security [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4887 - Thinking Strategically in International Politics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4889 {Inactive} (3.0-4.0 cr)
· American Government
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3306 - Presidential Leadership and American Democracy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3308 - Congressional Politics and Institutions [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3309 - Justice in America (3.0 cr)
· POL 3310 - Topics in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3310H - Topics in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3319 - Education and the American Dream [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3321 - Issues in American Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3323 - Political Tolerance in the United States (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 3325 - U.S. Campaigns and Elections (3.0 cr)
· POL 3701 - American Indian Tribal Governments and Politics [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (3.0 cr)
· POL 3752 - Chicana/o Politics [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3766 - Political Psychology of Mass Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3767 - Political Psychology of Elite Behavior [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3769 - Public Opinion and Voting Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3785 - Persuasion and Political Propaganda (3.0 cr)
· POL 3785H - Persuasion and Political Propaganda (3.0 cr)
· POL 4310 - Topics in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 4315W - State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4322 - Rethinking the Welfare State (3.0 cr)
· POL 4327 - The Politics of American Cities and Suburbs (3.0 cr)
· POL 4331 - Thinking Strategically in Domestic Politics (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4501W - The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4502W - The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4507 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights (3.0 cr)
· POL 4525W - Federal Indian Policy [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4561 - Comparative Legal Systems (3.0 cr)
· POL 4737W - American Political Parties [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4766 - America, the Unusual?: American Political Culture in Comparative Context [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4771 - Racial Attitudes and Intergroup Conflict (3.0 cr)
· POL 4773W - Advocacy Organizations, Social Movements, and the Politics of Identity [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
Senior Project
The senior project is fulfilled by taking any POL 4xxx course as part of the 24-credit upper-division requirement. Honors students must take POL 4900V or POL 3110H to complete the senior thesis requirement.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Business and Politics
Business and Politics
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3085 - Quantitative Analysis in Political Science [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4315W - State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4327 - The Politics of American Cities and Suburbs (3.0 cr)
· POL 4331 - Thinking Strategically in Domestic Politics (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4481 - Governments and Markets (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 3833 - The United States and the Global Economy (3.0 cr)
· POL 4889 {Inactive} (3.0-4.0 cr)
Campaigns and Elections
Campaigns and Elections
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3085 - Quantitative Analysis in Political Science [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 3225 - American Political Thought [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3766 - Political Psychology of Mass Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3306 - Presidential Leadership and American Democracy (3.0 cr)
· POL 4331 - Thinking Strategically in Domestic Politics (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4461W - European Government and Politics [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4737W - American Political Parties [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3769 - Public Opinion and Voting Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
Citizenship and Civic Action
Citizenship and Civic Action
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 3225 - American Political Thought [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3235W - Democracy and Citizenship [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3251W - Power, Virtue and Vice: Ancient and Early Modern Political Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3252W - Revolution, Democracy, and Empire: Modern Political Thought [AH, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (3.0 cr)
· POL 3873W - Global Citizenship and International Ethics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 4253 - Modernity and Its Discontents: Late Modern Political Thought (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4275 - Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (3.0 cr)
· POL 4322 - Rethinking the Welfare State (3.0 cr)
· POL 4485 - Human Rights and Democracy in the World [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4487 - The Struggle for Democratization and Citizenship (4.0 cr)
· POL 4502W - The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4766 - America, the Unusual?: American Political Culture in Comparative Context [CIV] (3.0 cr)
Democratization and Development
Democratization and Development
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 3235W - Democracy and Citizenship [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3477 - Political Economy of Development [SOCS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (3.0 cr)
· POL 4210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 4253 - Modernity and Its Discontents: Late Modern Political Thought (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4275 - Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (3.0 cr)
· POL 4322 - Rethinking the Welfare State (3.0 cr)
· POL 4477 - Struggles and Issues in the Middle East (4.0 cr)
· POL 4478W - Contemporary Politics in Africa and the Colonial Legacy [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3479 - Latin American Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4487 - The Struggle for Democratization and Citizenship (4.0 cr)
· POL 4561 - Comparative Legal Systems (3.0 cr)
· POL 4766 - America, the Unusual?: American Political Culture in Comparative Context [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4885W - International Conflict and Security [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4889 {Inactive} (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 5253 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
Global Politics
Global Politics
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3235W - Democracy and Citizenship [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3451W - Politics and Society in the New Europe [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3477 - Political Economy of Development [SOCS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 3835 - International Relations [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3872W - Science, Industry, and Social Change: The Political Economy of Global Environmental Cooperation [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3873W - Global Citizenship and International Ethics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4461W - European Government and Politics [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4473W - Chinese Politics [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4477 - Struggles and Issues in the Middle East (4.0 cr)
· POL 4478W - Contemporary Politics in Africa and the Colonial Legacy [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3479 - Latin American Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4485 - Human Rights and Democracy in the World [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3833 - The United States and the Global Economy (3.0 cr)
· POL 4883W - Global Governance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4885W - International Conflict and Security [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4887 - Thinking Strategically in International Politics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4889 {Inactive} (3.0-4.0 cr)
Law and Politics
Law and Politics
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3225 - American Political Thought [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3252W - Revolution, Democracy, and Empire: Modern Political Thought [AH, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3872W - Science, Industry, and Social Change: The Political Economy of Global Environmental Cooperation [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4253 - Modernity and Its Discontents: Late Modern Political Thought (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4275 - Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (3.0 cr)
· POL 4501W - The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4502W - The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4561 - Comparative Legal Systems (3.0 cr)
· POL 4883W - Global Governance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 5252 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· POL 5253 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
Political Psychology, Beliefs, and Behavior
Political Psychology, Beliefs, and Behavior
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3085 - Quantitative Analysis in Political Science [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (3.0 cr)
· POL 3766 - Political Psychology of Mass Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4253 - Modernity and Its Discontents: Late Modern Political Thought (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4275 - Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (3.0 cr)
· POL 3306 - Presidential Leadership and American Democracy (3.0 cr)
· POL 4331 - Thinking Strategically in Domestic Politics (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4485 - Human Rights and Democracy in the World [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4766 - America, the Unusual?: American Political Culture in Comparative Context [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4887 - Thinking Strategically in International Politics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
· POL 5253 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
Public Affairs
Public Affairs
Take 4 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 3085 - Quantitative Analysis in Political Science [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3235W - Democracy and Citizenship [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3321 - Issues in American Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3306 - Presidential Leadership and American Democracy (3.0 cr)
· POL 4315W - State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4322 - Rethinking the Welfare State (3.0 cr)
· POL 4327 - The Politics of American Cities and Suburbs (3.0 cr)
· POL 4481 - Governments and Markets (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4501W - The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3833 - The United States and the Global Economy (3.0 cr)
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements, in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies, or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
 
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