Political Science Program

The Department of Political Science offers two degree programs for students choosing to major in political science (BA degree and BS degree).  For both the BA and BS degrees, students must complete a minimum of 33 hours, including 12 hours of required courses and 21 hours of elective courses in three different issue areas.  Students may also choose to minor in political science.

Note:  Students who declare Political Science (BA or BS) as their major or minor on or after August 15, 2012 must complete the requirements of the revised Political Science program.  Students who have declared Political Science (BA or BS) as their major and minor before that date may choose to complete the requirements of either the revised Political Science program or the current Political Science program (see below).

 

Major in Political Science - 33 hours

Required Courses (12 credits):  PSCI 2300, 2312 or 2322, 2320, and 2340.

Elective Courses (21 credits):  Six hours of electives at the 3000-level or above from each of the three Political Science issue areas (see below); and an additional three hours of electives at the 3000-level or above from any one of the three issue areas.  PSCI 1330 [PLSC 2003]* is a prerequisite for all upper-division political science courses.

* The corresponding Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) index number for PSCI 1330 is PLSC 2003.


Minor in Political Science - 21 hours

Required Courses (9 credits):  PSCI 2300, 2320, and 2340.

Elective Courses (12 credits):  Three hours of electives at the 3000-level or above from each of the three issue areas; and three hours of electives at the 3000-level or above from any one of the three issue areas.  PSCI 1330 [PLSC 2003]* is a prerequisite for all upper-division political science courses.

* The corresponding Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) index number for PSCI 1330 is PLSC 2003.

 

Issue Areas

American Government and Public Administration: PSCI 3320; 3330; 3350; 3360; 3361; 3375; 4300; 4301; 4315; 4334; 4335; 4336; 4340; 4351; 4375; 4391; 4399.

International Relations and Comparative Politics: PSCI 3305; 3315; 3340; 3382; 4305; 4310; 4320; 4325; 4328; 4340; 4345; 4348; 4388; 4395; 4399.

Political Theory and Methods: PSCI 3370; 3371; 3372; 4307; 4331; 4340; 4399.

 

Political Science - major checklist

Political Science - minor checklist

Political Science - course descriptions