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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 another humanities or social science field, is also an ideal foundation for teacher certification at the middle school and high school levels via the Masters of Arts in Teaching program offered by Middle Georgia State University.

Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1200, POLS 1101, Area F, and all Major Area coursework in the degree program.

Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Political Science

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

Foundation Courses (Credit: 9 hours)

POLS 2101Introduction to Political Science

3 credits

POLS 2401Introduction to Global Issues

3 credits

Domestic Politics (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: 0-3 hours)

All political science majors must take the following course, either in Area D or F:

MATH 1200Elementary Statistics

3 credits

Area F Electives (Credit: 6-9 hours)

Choose two (or, if MATH 1200 was used in Area D, three) courses from the following:

ANTH 1102Introduction to Anthropology

3 credits

ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics

3 credits

ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics

3 credits

FREN 1002Elementary French II

3 credits

FREN 2001Intermediate French I

3 credits

FREN 2002Intermediate French II

3 credits

GEOG 1101Introduction to Human Geography

3 credits

GRMN 1002Elementary German II

3 credits

GRMN 2001Intermediate German I

3 credits

GRMN 2002Intermediate German II

3 credits

HIST 1111History of World Civilization to 1650

3 credits

HIST 1112History of World Civilization since 1650

3 credits

HIST 1190History of World Religions

3 credits

HIST 2111United States History to 1865

3 credits

HIST 2112United States History since 1865

3 credits

HUMN 2151Special Topics

3 credits

HUMN 2155Survey of Humanities I

3 credits

HUMN 2156Survey of Humanities II

3 credits

LATN 1002Elementary Latin II

3 credits

MATH 1112Plane Trigonometry

3 credits

MATH 1113Precalculus Mathematics

3 credits

MATH 1251Calculus I

4 credits

MATH 1371Computing for the Mathematical Sciences

4 credits

MATH 2252Calculus II

4 credits

MATH 2253Calculus III

4 credits

PHIL 2010Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits

PSYC 1101Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

PSYC 2103Introduction to Human Development

3 credits

SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

SOCI 1160Introduction to Social Problems

3 credits

SOCI 2293Introduction to Marriage and Family

3 credits

SPAN 1002Elementary Spanish II

3 credits

SPAN 2001Intermediate Spanish I

3 credits

SPAN 2002Intermediate Spanish II

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 3090Organizational Theory

3

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 3944Environmental Politics and Policy

3 credits

POLS 3999Advanced Topics in Political Science

3 credits

POLS Elective (Credit: 6 hours)

Choose two additional POLS elective 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

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.

Core Curriculum (Credit: 42 hours)

See listing of requirements

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

Political Science majors must complete MATH 1200 either in Area D or in Area F.

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 History and 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