Political Science

Curriculum

General Education (Core) — 33-48 hours

Refer to the general education requirements for more information.

Political Science Major — 42 hours

Core curriculum

  • HPSC 228 Comparative Politics
  • HPSC 251 National Government of the United States
  • HPSC 253 Scope and Methods in Political Science
  • HPSC 253L Scope and Methods Data Lab
  • HPSC 285 Introduction to International Relations
  • HPSC 294 Introduction to Political Theory
  • HPSC 348 American Constitutional Law
  • HPSC 497 Senior Seminar in Political Science

Cognate courses

  • HECO 201 Macroeconomics
  • HECO 202 Microeconomics

Special skills requirement (choose one course)

  • HCOM 253 Public Speaking
  • HCOM 351 Professional Communication
  • HCOM 352 Communication in Small Groups and Teams
  • HCOM 354 Intercultural Communication
  • HCOM 355 Argumentation and Debate

Approved Electives

Each student is required to choose four upper-level courses. These courses can come from any subject area: American government and politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Students may take only one of these four courses outside of the department—whether through cross-registration, study abroad, or transfer. Directed study and internships do not count as one of these courses. HPSC 351 Introduction to Moot Court does count as one of these courses. HPSC 354 Moot Court Skills Practicum does not count as one of these courses.

American Government and Politics

  • HPSC 321 The American Presidency
  • HPSC 322 The American Congress
  • HPSC 350 Race and Law
  • HPSC 351 Introduction to Moot Court
  • HPSC 371 Introduction to Public Management
  • HPSC 372 Urban Management and Policy Analysis
  • HPSC 410 Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups
  • HPSC 411 Financial Management in Local Government
  • HPSC 429 Seminar in Policy and Urban Politics
  • HPSC 460 Black Politics

Comparative Politics

  • HPSC 302 Third World Politics
  • HPSC 475 Latin American Politics
  • HPSC 476 Political Anthropology
  • HPSC 477 Contemporary African Politics
  • HPSC 486 Political Ideologies

International Relations

  • HPSC 385 Theories of International Relations
  • HPSC 468 Seminar on International Security after the Cold War
  • HPSC 479 Comparative Foreign Policy
  • HPSC 482 International Ethics
  • HPSC 484 International Law
  • HPSC 487 International Organizations
  • HPSC 488 International Political Economy
  • HPSC 489 Problems of International Politics
  • HPSC 490 Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • HPSC 491 Diplomacy

Political Theory

  • HPSC 361 Ethics and Public Policy
  • HPSC 461 History of Political Thought
  • HPSC 462 Modern Political Theory
  • HPSC 463 Contemporary Theories of Justice
  • HPSC 464 Black Political Thought
  • HPSC 482 International Ethics
  • HPSC 486 Political Ideologies

Minor in Political Science

Students electing to minor in political science must complete 18 hours in the discipline with no grade less than C. The following courses constitute the minor:

  • PSC 228 Comparative Politics
  • PSC 251 National Government of the United States
  • PSC 253 Scope and Methods in Political Science
  • PSC 285 Introduction to International Relations
  • PSC 294 Introduction to Political Theory
  • One elective course in political science