Bachelor of Science in Government (Politics Emphasis)

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120   
Major: 30 sch   

GOVT.BS      CIP Code: 45.1001.00

General Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in government offers a sound basis for proceeding to graduate programs in the field, to law school admission, or to careers in public service. In addition, this degree provides a background for professional preparation in the following fields: library science, teaching at middle school, secondary school, or college level; work with archives, historical associations, museums or national parks; journalism; criminal justice administration; legal assistance; law school; foreign service, non profit, administrative, federal and state civil service.

Degree Requirements

(The student may choose from two separate emphases. Each requires thirty semester credit hours of government.)

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total Semester Credit Hours42

Courses Required for Major 

GOV 3303The American Legislative Process3
GOV 4073Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure3
GOV 4613Comparative Government: Western Europe3
or GOV 4633 Comparative Government: Africa and Asia
or GOV 3513 Japanese Culture and Politics
GOV 4933Senior Seminar3
GOV 3723Modern Political Thought3
Select three semester credit hours in advanced American Government from the following:3
The American Presidency
Women in Politics
Public Administration
Select three semester credit hours in International Relations from the following:3
American Foreign Policy
International Relations
Modern Nationalism
Plus nine more semester credit hours in government.9
Total Semester Credit Hours30

Other Requirements

English Literature (2000 level or higher if not already completed)3
Global Perspectives (if not already completed)3
*Electives (select with academic advisor; at least 6 upper level sch)42
Total Semester Credit Hours48

*Course of study is suggested only. It is recommended to see an advisor for a personalized Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
Creative Arts Core3
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Mathematics Core3
Elective (GP)3
Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
English Literature3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Science Core3
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Language, Philosophy, and Culture3
Life/Physical Science Core3
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
GOV 3303The American Legislative Process 3
GOV 4073Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure 3
Elective3
Elective (or minor)3
Elective (or minor)3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
Government/Political Science Core (advanced)3
Government/Political Science Core (advanced)3
Elective (or minor)3
Elective (or minor)3
Elective3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
Government/Political Science Core (advanced)3
Government/Political Science Elective (advanced)3
Government/Political Science Elective (advanced)3
Elective (or minor)3
Elective (advanced)3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
SpringTCCN
Government/Political Science (advanced)3
GOV 4933Senior Seminar 3
Government/Political Science Elective (advanced)3
Elective (or minor)3
Elective (advanced)3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.