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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Political Management Concentration

A concentration in Political Management prepares you for careers related to the process of Political Campaigning, a field that is growing in career options each year:

  • Hundreds of political consulting firms are hiring
  • Political parties and interest groups require experts in politics for their campaigning needs
  • Newspapers and television news networks need knowledgeable reporters to cover the political news of the day

We'll help you prepare for a career in the thrilling world of politics in whatever area of the political process you're interested. With courses in topics such as campaign management, fundraising, media and politics and others, the Political Management concentration trains you in the theory and practice of political campaigning in a hands-on environment with experienced professors and exciting courses.

Program Summary

University Degree Requirements: 55 Credit Hours
Foreign Language Requirement: 10 Credit Hours
Departmental Core Curriculum: 22 Credit Hours
Concentration Areas: 12 Credit Hours
Free electives: 25 Credit Hours
TOTAL: 124 Credit Hours

Departmental Core Curriculum

  • POLS 100 Orientation to Political Science (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 101 American Government (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 180 Introduction to Public Policy (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHIL 201 Political Philosophy (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 230 Introduction to International Relations (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 455 Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 689 Internship in Political Science (1 Credit Hour)
  • POLS 490 Senior Capstone (3 Credit Hours)

Political Science Subfields (12 hours, including a seminar)

  • Must take a minimum of 3 credit hours from 4 of the 5 subfields.
  • Must take at least one Political Science seminar. Seminars may count toward subfields as approved by advisor.
  • Not all courses are offered annually. Some are offered once a year, every other year, or every few years.
  • Courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

American Politics

POLS 103: State and Local Government

POLS 401: The Congress

POLS 403: The Presidency

POLS 661: American Political Parties

POLS 660: Political Campaign Management

POLS 664: Political Behavior

POLS 665: Interest Groups and Lobbying

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):

International Relations/Comparative Politics

POLS 609: Model UN (1+ hours)

POLS 240: Comparative Governments of Industrialized Societies

POLS 631: American Foreign Policy

POLS 632: Problems and Issues in World Politics

POLS 640: Comparative Politics

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):

Public Law

POLS 320: Introduction to Law

POLS 422: Legal Advocacy

POLS 425: Legal Research Methods

POLS 620: Constitutional Law

POLS 621: American Civil Liberties

PHIL 310: Legal Philosophy

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):

Political Theory

POLS 650: History of Political Theory

POLS 651: Recent Political Theories

POLS 653: American Political Thought

PHIL 301: Philosophy of Law

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):

Public Administration/Public Policy

POLS 310: Introduction to Public Administration

POLS 400: Urban Politics

POLS 611: Policy Analysis

POLS 612: The Administrative Process

POLS 614: Budgeting

POLS 616: Public Personnel Management

Other (note here if a Topics course has been included):

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