Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Politics, Policy, and Public Service Emphasis)

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

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

GOVT.BA      CIP Code: 45.1001.00

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
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 SCHs42

Courses Required for Major 

GOV 3173Introduction to Comparative Politics3
GOV 3303The American Legislative Process3
GOV 3723Modern Political Thought3
GOV 4533International Relations3
GOV 4813Seminar in Public Policy3
GOV 4933Senior Seminar3
Plus 12 more semester credit hours from the following courses12
Community Conversation in Sustainability
The American Presidency
Women in Politics
Law, Politics, and Public Policy
Media and Politics
Police, Policies, and Practices
Japanese Culture and Politics
The Politics of Food in America
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure
Public Administration
Women in Leadership
American Foreign Policy
Modern Nationalism
Comparative Government: Europe
Comparative Government: Africa and Asia
German Politics Since 1945 Through Film
Government Internship (*)
Government Internship
*can take GOV 4803 twice for credit, but GOV 4806 only once
Political Science: Scope and Methods
Special Topics (up to 6 hours)
Total SCHs30

Other Requirements

English Literature (2000 level or higher if not already completed)3
Foreign Language (12 sch of the same language)12
Global Perspectives (if not already completed)3
Electives (select with academic advisor; at least 6 upper level sch)30
Total SCHs48

*The example below is only a suggestion. It is recommended to see an advisor for a personalized Plan of Study.

First Year
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
Creative Arts Core3
CAO: Wellness or Mathematics Core2
 SCHs 15
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Mathematics Core3
Global Perspective Elective3
Elective 3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
English Literature3
Foreign Language3
Life & Physical Science Core3
Social & Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Foreign Language3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
Life & Physical Science Core3
CAO: Women's Studies Core3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
GOV 3173Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
Foreign Language3
GOV 4533International Relations 3
 SCHs 15
GOV 3723Modern Political Thought 3
Foreign Language3
GOV 4813Seminar in Public Policy 3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
Government/Political Science Elective 3
GOV 3303The American Legislative Process 3
Government/Political Science Elective3
Elective 3
Elective (upper level)3
 SCHs 15
GOV 4933Senior Seminar 3
Government/Political Science Elective3
Government/Political Science Elective 3
Elective (upper level)3
 SCHs 15
 Total SCHs:  120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement