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Political Science (B.S.)

Political science historically has been one of the most popular undergraduate majors in America. While many political science majors do go on to careers in Washington or state and local government, it is a degree that provides a foundation for many career options. A deep understanding of how politics and government works can be of value in many jobs, including those in business, journalism and public relations, law, non-profits, among other possibilities.

The political science degree program at Middle Georgia State University reflects the increasing demand in our society for college graduates who can think critically, collect and analyze data and other evidence, and synthesize and present their findings to others, marrying theory and application. The research and writing skills students gain in this program enable them to help find solutions for many of the challenges of our world, nation, state, and region face in an increasingly complex world.

Given the many career pathways available for students majoring in political science, we offer a very flexible curriculum allowing students to choose either a more traditional or "academic" concentration or a concentration focusing on the skills necessary in governmental and non-profit service outside the human services sector. This flexibility also allows students to find connections with other fields of study through a minor or certificate programs, allowing them to tailor their coursework to their workforce aspirations and life goals.

In addition, the political science degree, particularly in combination with a minor in the humanities or another social science field, is also an ideal foundation for teacher certification at the middle school and high school levels via the Master of Arts in Teaching program offered by Middle Georgia State University.

Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1401, POLS 1101, Area F, and all Major Area coursework in the degree program.

Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Core Curriculum (Credit: 42 hours)

See listing of requirements.

Area D: Students may fulfill either the option for non-science majors or science majors.

Area F: Lower Division Major Requirements (Credit: 18 hours)

Political Science Foundation Courses (Credit: 6 hours)

POLS 2101Introduction to Political Science

3 credits

POLS 2401Introduction to Global Issues

3 credits

Domestic Politics Foundation (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one of the following three courses in domestic politics:

POLS 2201State and Local Government

3 credits

POLS 2501Introduction to Domestic Issues

3 credits

POLS 2601Introduction to Public Administration

3 credits

Statistics (Credit: 3 hours)

All political science majors must take the following course. Students may optionally count MATH 1401 in Area D and may instead select an additional course (3 hours) from the listing under "Area F Electives" below.

MATH 1401Elementary Statistics

3 credits

Area F Electives (Credit: 6 hours)

Choose two courses at the 1000 or 2000 level from the following course prefixes approved in Areas C, D, E, or F of the core curriculum: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, HUMN, ITEC, MATH, PHIL, PSYC, or SOCI; foreign language courses at the 1000 or 2000 level approved in Area C are also acceptable. Additional hours earned in these courses beyond 6 hours may be applied in the Electives section of the major.

Foreign (Modern) Language (Any)

3 credits

Upper-Level Courses (Credit: 60 hours)

Major Area Courses - Common Curriculum (Credit: 15 hours)

POLS 3000Research Methods in Political Science

3 credits

POLS 3030Introduction to Public Policy

3 credits

POLS 3045Public Opinion and Political Behavior

3 credits

POLS 4900Capstone Seminar in Political Science

3 credits

Experiential Learning (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one of the following two experiential learning courses:

POLS 4895Internship in Political Science

3 credits

OR

POLS 4898Research Practicum in Political Science

3 credits

Major Area Courses - Concentration

Choose one of the following two tracks: Public Administration and Policy or Applied Politics.

Public Administration and Policy Track (Credit: 24 hours)
Required Courses (Credit: 18 hours)

Complete the following six courses:

POLS 2601Introduction to Public Administration

3 credits

POLS 3035Public Finance

3 credits

POLS 3040Public Personnel Administration

3 credits

POLS 3065Ethics in Public Service Management

3 credits

POLS 4030Program Evaluation

3 credits

Major Electives (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one of the following two courses:

POLS 3060Policy Implementation Topics

3 credits

POLS 3944Environmental Politics and Policy

3 credits

POLS Elective (Credit: 3 hours)

Choose one additional POLS elective at the 3000 level or above.

Applied Politics Track (Credit: 24 hours)
Required Courses (Credit: 6 hours)

Complete the following two courses:

POLS 2301Introduction to Comparative Politics

3 credits

POLS 3701International Relations

3 credits

Major Electives (Credit: 12 hours)

Choose four of the following courses:

POLS 3050American Constitutional Law

3 credits

POLS 3055Parties and Elections

3 credits

POLS 3060Policy Implementation Topics

3 credits

POLS 3070Urban Politics

3 credits

POLS 3075Interest Groups

3 credits

POLS 3085Minority Politics

3 credits

POLS 3103Politics of the Presidency

3 credits

POLS 3104The American Congress

3 credits

POLS 3118Politics of the American South

3 credits

POLS 3344Politics of the British Isles

3

POLS 3738U.S. Foreign Policy

3

POLS 3944Environmental Politics and Policy

3 credits

POLS 3999Advanced Topics in Political Science

3 credits

POLS Elective (Credit: 6 hours)

Choose two additional POLS electives at the 3000 level or above.

Note
Students in either track may apply up to two of the following European Union Studies Program courses in political science as substitutes for a POLS elective at the 3000 level or above. Additional EURO courses may be applied as elective credits below.
EURO 3234Introduction to the European Union

3 credits

EURO 4130EU Law & Legal Systems

3 credits

EURO 4160EU Federalism and Governance

3 credits

EURO 4530European Social Policy

3 credits

EURO 4730European Union Foreign Policy

3 credits

EURO 4760US - EU Relations

3 credits

EURO 4830EU Studies Capstone

3 credits

Electives (Credit: 21 hours)

21 hours of credit in any field or fields of study; at least 6 hours must be at the 3000 level or above.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete a suitable undergraduate minor, second major, and/or an undergraduate certificate program in consultation with their academic advisor. Students may not complete both a major and a minor in political science.

Students considering graduate study in political science, public policy, or public administration should strongly consider a minor in mathematics.

Students with an interest in sustainability and the environment should consider completing a minor in sustainability policy studies.

Students considering attending law school or directly entering the workforce should consider a minor in professional writing.

Students with an interest in international politics and culture should consider completing the USG European Union Studies Certificate program or a minor in Spanish.

Suggested four-year degree plans for the above options are available from academic advisors and the Department of Political Science website.

Other minors of particular interest to political science majors include gender studies, information technology, U.S. history, web design and instructional technology, and world history.

Total hours: 120