BS in Political Science

Major in Political Science – 36 credit hours

All students who declared a major in political science (BS degree) prior to Fall 2022 will complete a total of thirty-six [36] credit hours, including the Core Requirements (15 credit hours) and Subfield Requirements (21 credit hours).

In addition to the 36-credit hour major requirement, students pursuing a BS in Political Science are required to complete the UCA Lower-Division (LD) Core (38 credit hours); complete the UCA Upper-Division (UD) Core using major, minor, or other elective courses; complete a minor or a second major in another academic program; and complete Special BS Degree Requirements consisting of two courses in mathematics (excluding MATH 3351, MATH 3352, MATH 3354, MATH 364, and MATH 3379) or two courses in a laboratory science (excluding BIOL 1400, BIOL 1401, BIOL 1402, CHEM 1400, GEOG 1400, PHYS 1400, PHYS 1401).

Political Science major checklist


Core Requirements (15 credit hours) – Students must complete each of the following lower-division courses:

  • PSCI 2300, Introduction to International Relations
  • PSCI 2305, Introduction to Public Administration & Policy
  • PSCI 2312, Statistical Methods for Political Analysis or PSCI 2322, Political Science Applications in GIS
  • PSCI 2315, Introduction to Political Theory
  • PSCI 2320, Introduction to Comparative Politics


Subfield Requirements (21 credit hours) – Students must complete twenty-one [21] credit hours of upper-division elective courses from a minimum of four of the six political science subfields.  PSCI 1330, U.S. Government & Politics, is a prerequisite for all upper-division courses in the six political science subfields.  In addition, the introductory courses listed above under Core Requirements are prerequisites for the respective upper-division courses in the subfields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration, and Public Policy.  Several of the upper-division elective courses in the subfields satisfy the UCA Upper-Division Core requirements, which consist of upper-division elective courses in five different areas – Effective Communication [C], Diversity [D], Critical Inquiry [I], Responsible Living [R], and Capstone [Z].

American Politics:
PSCI 3300, State Government & Politics
PSCI 3330, Political Parties & Electoral Problems
PSCI 3336, Local Government & Politics
PSCI 3345, Women and U.S. Politics [UCA UD Core: D]
PSCI 3350, Interest groups & Money in Politics
PSCI 3355, Race and U.S. Politics [UCA UD Core: D]
PSCI 3372, Political Behavior
PSCI 3375, The American Judicial System
PSCI 4V99, Studies in Political Science (Independent Study)
PSCI 4300, Constitutional Law [UCA UD Core: I]
PSCI 4301, Civil Liberties [UCA UD Core: I]
PSCI 4315, The Politics of Presidential Selection
PSCI 4334, The American Presidency [UCA UD Core: I, C]
PSCI 4335, The American Congress
PSCI 4340, Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4390, Internship in Political Science

Comparative Politics:
PSCI 3340, Governments & Politics of Europe and Russia
PSCI 3382, Politics of Developing Nations [UCA UD Core: D, C]
PSCI 4V99, Studies in Political Science (Independent Study)
PSCI 4305, The Political Economy of Development
PSCI 4320, Revolution & Political Violence [UCA UD Core: D, C]
PSCI 4325, Mexican Politics & U.S.-Mexico Relations
PSCI 4328, Dynamics of Democratization [UCA UD Core: Z]
PSCI 4340, Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4345, Governments & Politics of Africa [UCA UD Core: D]
PSCI 4348, Governments & Politics of the Middle East [UCA UD Core: D]

International Relations:
PSCI 3305, United Nations & International Politics [UCA UD Core: I]
PSCI 3315, International Law & Organizations [UCA UD Core: I, C]
PSCI 3316, Cybersecurity Law and Policy [UCA UD Core: C]
PSCI 4V99, Studies in Political Science (Independent Study)
PSCI 4310, Int. Political Economy & Globalization [UCA UD Core: Z]
PSCI 4312, China & International Politics [UCA UD Core: D]
PSCI 4340, Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4388, American Foreign Policy
PSCI 4395, International Conflict & Conflict Management

Political Theory:
PSCI 3369, Cyber Citizenship
PSCI 3370, Political Theory I [UCA UD Core: R]
PSCI 3371, Political Theory II [UCA UD Core: R, I]
PSCI 4V99, Studies in Political Sciences (Independent Study)
PSCI 4307, Political Ethics [UCA UD Core: R, I]
PSCI 4331, American Political Theory [UCA UD Core: R, I]
PSCI 4340, Seminar in Selected Topics*

Public Administration:
PADM 3310, Public Management
PADM 4V89, Studies in Public and Non-Profit Mgmt. (Independent Study)
PADM 4350, Intergovernmental Relations [UCA UD Core: C]
PADM 4370, Special Topics in Public and Nonprofit Management
PADM 4310 and 4610, Internship in Public Administration
PADM 4320, Government Budgeting

Public Policy:
PSCI 3320, Environmental Policy [UCA UD Core: R, I]
PADM 3320, Public Policy Analysis [UCA UD Core: Z]
PADM 4V99, Studies in Public Policy (Independent Study, variable credit)
PADM 4330, Public Policy & Program Evaluation
PADM 4380, Special Topics in Public Policy

* PSCI 4340, Seminar in Selected Topics, can be applied to the subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory, depending on the content of the seminar.



Dr. Clay Arnold, Chair
Department of Political Science
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas 72035
Phone:  501-450-3412