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Political Science B.A.

Division of Social Sciences - Adm
Division of Social Sciences
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 42
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This discipline is in the Division of the Social Sciences. Objectives--Political science is the comprehensive study of the behaviors, organizations, institutions, and philosophical foundations of political life at the individual, state, national, and international settings. The major program is designed to prepare students for lifelong civic engagement and leadership in democratic society, as well as intercultural competence as global citizens. The political science major curriculum stresses the development of strong analytical skills and critical thinking and prepares students for further academic training in political science, law, public administration, and other graduate programs as well as for work in public affairs, business, journalism, interest groups, and a wide range of other careers. Students who complete the political science major are able to critically analyze and interpret political processes, problems, and challenges; understand, synthesize, and contribute imaginatively to the major research and theoretical debates prevalent in the study of American and comparative politics, international relations, and political thought; present their evidence and arguments in clear, precise language; and participate thoughtfully, knowledgeably, and ethically in civic life.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
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. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
The political science discipline strongly recommends that students take advantage of opportunities in internships, field studies, and study abroad. Students are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of courses in other disciplines such as economics, history, psychology, philosophy, and statistics that will complement and enrich their political science coursework. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
Take 2 or more of the 1xxx courses PLUS POL 2001 AND POL 4905 and STAT 1601 (or STAT 2601).
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· POL 1101 - Introduction to Political Theory [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1201 - American Government and Politics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1401 - World Politics [IP] (4.0 cr)
POL 2001 - Political Science Research Methods [SS] (4.0 cr)
POL 4905 - Senior Research Seminar in Political Science (2.0 cr)
STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
Of the 24 additional credits, at least one course must be a 4xxx course. Directed studies and field studies may count toward the 24 credits, but they do not replace the requirement to take at least one course from each area or the requirement for one 4xxx political science course. No more than 12 credits can be directed studies and field studies.
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
American Politics
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3201 - Legislative Process [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3211 - The American Presidency [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3233 - Civil Liberties and American Politics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3234 - Race, Class, and Power: Social Movements and Interest Groups in U.S. Politics [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3261 - State and Local Politics [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3263 - Political Psychology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3272 - Making Environmental Public Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4251 - Political Participation and Voting Behavior [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4266 - Media and Politics (4.0 cr)
· International and Comparative Politics
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3401 - U.S. Foreign Policy [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3411 - International Law [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3453 - Russian Politics and Foreign Policy [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3461 - Diplomatic Negotiation [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3475 - International Human Rights [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3501 - Government and Politics of Asia [SS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3503 - Women in Politics Worldwide [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3504 - Latin American Politics [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3514 - Pyramids and Politics on the Nile [IP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4451 - Comparative Foreign Policy (4.0 cr)
· POL 4452 - International Relations (4.0 cr)
· Political Theory
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3351 - Ancient and Medieval Political Thought [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3352 - Modern Political Thought [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3354 - Political Ethics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3355 - Environmental Political Theory [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4301 - Contemporary Political Thought [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4302 - International Comparative Political Theory [IP] (4.0 cr)
· 4xxx Elective
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 4xxx
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