Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies

Chair and Professor: C. Arnold (PhD), 450-5691

Professor: K. Hoffman (PhD), J. Passe-Smith (PhD)

Associate Professor: J. Howard (PhD), M. Mullenbach (PhD), M. Sullivan (PhD), G. Tiruneh (PhD), H. Yates (PhD)

Assistant Professor: B. Fairbanks (PhD), K. Hardwick (PhD)

Lecturer I: M. Elrod (PhD)

[1] Purposes

The primary objective of the undergraduate political science program, located in the Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies, is to provide students with the conceptual and analytical tools for understanding political institutions and processes. The political science curriculum is designed to satisfy the needs of (1) those students desiring to major or minor in political science and (2) those students majoring in other fields of study who elect to include courses in political science as a part of their general education requirements. In addition, the department administers an undergraduate degree program in public administration (with the goal of preparing students for careers in local, state, and/or federal government) and in international studies (with the goal of preparing students for careers in international relations and comparative politics).

Courses offered deal with the place of politics in society and contribute to an understanding and appreciation of the purposes, organization, and operation of domestic and international political systems.

[2] Honors in Political Science, Public Administration, International Studies

Students who major in Political Science, Public Administration, or International Studies and who demonstrate exceptional ability may be invited to enter the Honors in the Major Program. For details, see Honors in the Major Program.

To jump directly to a particular program of study, use these links:

Degrees/Majors: BA, Political Science | BS, Political Science | BPA, Public Administration | BA, International Studies
Minor programs: Political Science | Public Administration | International Studies | Legal Studies

[3] Baccalaureate Degrees and Minor Programs

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

[3.1] Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

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The degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA), with a major in political science, requires successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and completing of the upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) the major requirements, including core and elective requirements; (3) the related course requirement consisting of a three credit-hour foreign language course at the 2000-level or higher; and (4) a minor or second major chosen by the student.

Mathematics Pathway: First-time, first-year students majoring in Political Science enter the Quantitative Literacy Mathematics Pathway and must enroll in MATH 1360 during their first year of study, unless they have already been awarded credit that completes their 1000-level math requirement.

[3.1.1] Major in Political Science (36 hours)

All students majoring in political science and seeking the BA degree will complete 15 credit hours of 2000-level PSCI core courses and 21 credit hours of PSCI elective courses in six political science subfields.

Note: PSCI 1330 U.S. Government and Politics [ACTS: PLSC2003] is a prerequisite for all 3000-and 4000-level courses. PSCI 1300 Introduction to Political Science, PSCI 1330 U.S. Government and Politics, and PSCI 2300 Introduction to International Relations may be used to satisfy lower-division UCA Core requirements in Critical Inquiry. PSCI 2315 Introduction to Political Theory may be used to satisfy the lower-division UCA Core requirement in Responsible Living. Designated upper-division PSCI courses may also be used to satisfy the upper-division UCA Core requirements in Diversity, Critical Inquiry, Responsible Living, Effective Communication, and Capstone Experience.

Political Science Core Requirement (15 hours)

All students majoring in political science and seeking the BA degree will complete each of the following 2000-level PSCI core courses:

PSCI 2300 Introduction to International Relations

PADM 2310 Introduction to Public Administration and 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

Political Science Elective Requirement (21 hours)

All students majoring in political science and seeking the BA degree will complete 21 credit hours of elective PSCI or PADM courses in the following six political science subfields, including three hours in at least four of the subfields (12 hours total) and an additional nine hours in any one or more of the subfields.

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 [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 3350 Interest groups & Money in Politics
PSCI 3355 Race and U.S. Politics [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 3372 Political Behavior
PSCI 3375 The American Judicial System
PSCI 4V99 Studies in Political Science (Independent Study, variable credit)
PSCI 4300 Constitutional Law [UD UCA Core: I]
PSCI 4301 Civil Liberties [UD UCA Core: I]
PSCI 4315 The Politics of Presidential Selection
PSCI 4334 The American Presidency [UD UCA Core: I, C]
PSCI 4335 The American Congress
PSCI 4337 Legislative Politics and Representation
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 [UD UCA Core: D, C]
PSCI 4V99 Studies in Political Science (Independent Study, variable credit)
PSCI 4305 The Political Economy of Development
PSCI 4320 Revolution & Political Violence [UD UCA Core: D, C]
PSCI 4325 Mexican Politics & U.S.-Mexico Relations
PSCI 4328 Dynamics of Democratization [UD UCA Core: Z]
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4345 Governments & Politics of Africa [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 4348 Governments & Politics of the Middle East [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 4390 Internship in Political Science

International Relations

PSCI 3305 United Nations & International Politics [UD UCA Core: I]
PSCI 3315 International Law & Organizations [UD UCA Core: I, C]
PSCI 3316 Cybersecurity Law and Policy [UD UCA Core: C]
PSCI 4V99 Studies in Political Science (Independent Study, variable credit)
PSCI 4310 International Political Economy & Globalization [UD UCA Core: Z]
PSCI 4312 China & International Politics [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4388 American Foreign Policy
PSCI 4389 Russian Foreign Policy
PSCI 4395 International Conflict & Conflict Management
PSCI 4390 Internship in Political Science

Political Theory

PSCI 3369 Cyber Citizenship
PSCI 3370 Political Theory I [UD UCA Core: R]
PSCI 3371 Political Theory II [UD UCA Core: R, I]
PSCI 4V99 Studies in Political Sciences (Independent Study, variable credit)
PSCI 4307 Political Ethics [UD UCA Core: R, I]
PSCI 4331 American Political Theory [UD UCA Core: R, I]
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4390 Internship in Political Science

Public Administration

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

Public Policy

PSCI 3320 Environmental Policy [UD UCA Core: R, I]
PADM 3320 Public Policy Analysis [UD UCA 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.

[3.1.2] Related Course Requirement

Students pursuing a BA in Political Science will complete a three-credit-hour foreign language course at the 2000-level or above as well as all course prerequisites. Students with prior experience in a language are strongly encouraged to take a placement exam before enrolling in their first course. See Placement and Credit by Examination in the School of Language and Literature section of this bulletin. Note: CSD 2303 Basic Sign Language, CSD 4303 Intermediate Sign Language, and transferred Guided/Extended Study (i.e., correspondence) courses will not be accepted in fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

[3.1.3] Minor in Political Science (24 hours)

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All students minoring in political science will complete 15 credit hours of core PSCI courses (see above) and nine credit hours of elective PSCI courses in the six political science subfields, including three hours in at least three of the six subfields (see above).

Note:
Public Administration majors who choose to minor in political science must use PSCI 2305 and PSCI 2312 or 2322 for the Public Administration major. Therefore, Public Administration majors must select two additional elective courses from any of the Political Science subfields to meet the 24-hour minor requirement.

International Studies majors who choose to minor in Political Science must use the PSCI 2300, 2320, and 2312 or 2322 for the International Studies major. Therefore, International Studies majors must select three additional courses from any of the Political Science subfields to meet the 24 hour minor requirement.

[3.2] Bachelor of Science in Political Science

The degree of Bachelor of Science (BS), with a major in political science, requires successful completion of 120 credit hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) major requirements listed below; and (3) a minor field of study and/or electives chosen in consultation with a PSCI faculty advisor to meet the student’s career interests and the 120-credit hour requirement.

Mathematics Pathway: First-time, first-year students majoring in Political Science enter the Quantitative Literacy Mathematics Pathway and must enroll in MATH 1360 during their first year of study, unless they have already been awarded credit that completes their 1000-level math requirements.

[3.2.1] Major in Political Science (42 hours)

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All students majoring in political science and seeking the BS are required to take 15 hours of core required PSCI courses; three hours in experiential learning; and 24 hours at the 3000 level or above in political science electives. PSCI 1330 [ ACTS: PLSC2003 ] U.S. Government & Politics is a prerequisite for all junior- and senior-level classes.

PSCI courses are used to satisfy lower-division UCA Core requirements in Critical Inquiry and Responsible Living. Designated PSCI courses may be used to satisfy the upper-division UCA Core requirements in Diversity, Critical Inquiry, Responsible Living, Effective Communication, and Capstone Experience.

Political Science Core Requirement (15 hours)

All students majoring in political science and seeking the BS degree will complete each of the following 2000-level PSCI and PADM core courses:

PSCI 2300 Introduction to International Relations

PADM 2310 Introduction to Public Administration and 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

Experiential Learning Requirement (3 hours)

Complete at least one of the following upper-division experiential learning courses.

PSCI 4390 Internship in Political Science
PSCI 4393 Experiential Learning in International Studies or Political Science
PSCI 4394 Research in International Studies or Political Science

Note: Public Administration majors who choose to minor in Political Science must use PADM 2310 and PSCI 2312 or 2322 for the Public Administration major. Therefore, Public Administration majors must select two additional elective courses from any of the Political Science subfields to meet the 24-hour minor requirement.

International Studies majors who choose to minor in Political Science must use PSCI 2300, 2320, and 2312 or 2322 for the International Studies major. Therefore, International Studies majors must select three additional courses from any of the Political Science subfields to meet the 24 hour minor requirement.

[3.2.2] Bachelor of Science Political Science Subfields

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All students majoring in political science and seeking the BS degree are required to take 24 hours of courses at the 3000-level or above from the listed subfields. Students must complete at least one course from each of the five subfields and where at least 18 of the required 24 hours are from the listed PSCI/PADM courses.

Comparative Political Analysis

PSCI 3340 Governments & Politics of Europe and Russia
PSCI 3382 Politics of Developing Nations [UD UCA Core: D, C]
PSCI 4305 The Political Economy of Development
PSCI 4310 International Political Economy & Globalization [UD UCA Core: Z]
PSCI 4312 China & International Politics [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 4325 Mexican Politics & U.S.-Mexico Relations
PSCI 4328 Dynamics of Democratization [UD UCA Core: Z]
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4345 Governments & Politics of Africa [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 4348 Governments & Politics of the Middle East [UD UCA Core: D]
ECON 4320 Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 4335 International Trade [UD UCA Core: D]
SOC 4310 Globalization & Development

Human Behavior

PSCI 3345 Women and U.S. Politics [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 3355 Race and American Politics [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 3372 Political Behavior
PSCI 4315 The Politics of Presidential Selection
PSCI 4320 Revolution & Political Violence [UD UCA Core: D, C]
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4395 International Conflict & Conflict Management
GEOG 3333 Geography of Natural Hazards
PSYC 2331 Research Methods
PSYC 4354 Judgment & Decision-Making
SOC 3361 Gender & Society
SOC 4301 Social Movement & Social Change

Law and Institutions

PSCI 3300 State Government & Politics
PSCI 3305 United Nations & International Politics [UD UCA Core: I]
PSCI 3315 International Law & Organizations [UD UCA Core: I, C]
PSCI 3316 Cybersecurity Law and Policy [UD UCA Core: C]
PSCI 3330 Political Parties & Electoral Problems
PSCI 3336 Local Government & Politics
PSCI 3375 The American Judicial System
PSCI 4300 Constitutional Law [UD UCA Core: I]
PSCI 4301 Civil Liberties [UD UCA Core: I]
PSCI 4334 The American Presidency [UD UCA Core: I, C]
PSCI 4335 The American Congress
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics *
PADM 4350 Intergovernmental Relations [UD UCA Core: C]
CRIM 3361 Criminal Courts

Policy and Program Analysis

PSCI 3320 Environmental Policy [UD UCA Core: R, I]
PADM 3320 Public Policy Analysis [UD UCA Core: Z]
PADM 3310 Public Management
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics*
PADM 4330 Public Policy & Program Evaluation
PADM 4370 Special Topics in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management
PADM 4380 Special Topics in Public Policy
PSCI 4388 American Foreign Policy
PSCI 4389 Russian Foreign Policy
PADM 4320 Government Budgeting
ECON 3310 Public Sector Economics [UD UCA Core: R]
ECON 3330 Environmental Economics [UD UCA Core: R]
GEOG 3301 Conservation of Natural Resources [UD UCA Core: R]
GEOG 3325 Urban & Regional Planning [UD UCA Core: R]
SOC 4321 Social Policy Analysis

Theory

PSCI 3369 Cyber Citizenship
PSCI 3370 Political Theory I [UD UCA Core: R]
PSCI 3371 Political Theory II [UD UCA Core: R, I]
PSCI 4307 Political Ethics [UD UCA Core: R, I]
PSCI 4331 American Political Theory [UD UCA Core: R, I]
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics *
PHIL 3340 Critical Theories of Race [UD UCA Core: R, D]
PHIL 3345 Feminist Philosophy [UD UCA Core: R, D]
SOC 4330 Social Theory

* PSCI 4340, Seminar in Selected Topics, can be applied to the subfields of Comparative Political Analysis, Human Behavior, Law and Institutions, Policy and Program Analysis, and Theory, depending on the content of the seminar.

[3.3] Bachelor of Public Administration

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[3.3.1] Purposes

The degree of Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA), located in the Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies, prepares students for careers in government agencies (federal , state, and local) and non-profit organizations. The program includes a 36-credit hour major offering courses in state government and politics, local government and politics, intergovernmental relations, public management, public policy, program evaluation, government budgeting, and a variety of substantive policy topics ( education policy, environmental policy, and community and economic development policy). The program also requires a six-credit hour internship in a government or non-profit organization and a one-credit hour course introducing students to the profession of public service.

[3.3.2] Foundation and Internship Requirements (7 credit hours)

PADM 1110 Public Service as a Profession

PADM 4610 Internship in Public Administration OR (two 3-credit hour courses) PADM 4310 Internship in Public Administration

[3.3.3] Major in Public Administration (36 credit hours)

The degree of Bachelor of Public Administration, with a major in public administration, requires successful completion of 120 credit hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 credit hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements, and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see UCA Core requirements); (2) Foundation and Internship Requirements (see §3.3.1, above); (3) major requirements listed below; and (4) a minor and/or, in consultation with the BPA program director, elective courses.

Mathematics Pathway: First-time, first-year students majoring in Public Administration enter the Quantitative Literacy Mathematics Pathway and must enroll in MATH 1360 during their first year of study, unless they have already been awarded credit that completes their 1000-level math requirement.

In addition to the 7-credit hour foundation and internship requirements, all public administration majors are required to complete 21 credit hours of major core courses, nine credit hours at the 3000 level or above from the public and non-profit management issue area, and six credit hours at the 3000 level or above from the policy analysis and advocacy issue area. PSCI 1330 U.S. Government and Politics [ACTS: PLSC2003] is a prerequisite for all upper-division PSCI and PADM courses. PADM 2310 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy is a prerequisite for all upper-division PADM courses.

Designated courses may be used to satisfy the upper-division UCA Core requirements in Diversity, Critical Inquiry, Responsible Living, Effective Communication, and Capstone Experience.

Public Administration Major Core Requirements (21 credit hours)

Communication Skills (3 credit hours). Choose one of the following courses:

WRTG 3310 Technical Writing [UD UCA Core: C]
COMM 2311 Business and Professional Speaking
COMM 3310 Advanced Public Speaking

Data Analysis Skills (3 credit hours). Choose one of the following courses:

PSCI 2312 Statistical Methods
PSCI 2322 PS Applications in GIS
GEOG 2475 Cartography

Substantive Knowledge (15 credit hours). Complete the following courses:

PADM 2310 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy
PSCI 3300 State Government and Politics
PADM 3310 Public Management
PADM 3320 Public Policy Analysis [UD UCA Core: Z]
PADM 4320 Government Budgeting
Issue Areas (15 credit hours)

Public and Non-Profit Management – 9 credit hours (3 courses)

PSCI 3336 Local Government and Politics
PADM 4340 Non-Profit Management
PADM 4350 Intergovernmental Relations [UD UCA Core: C]
PADM 4370 Special Topics in Public and Non-Profit Management
PADM 4V89 Studies in Public and Non-Profit Management (independent study, variable credit)NOTE: Students must take at least two courses (six credit hours) of the required nine hours in this issue area from the courses listed above.PSCI 4334 The American Presidency [UD UCA Core: C, I]
GEOG 3325 Urban and Regional Planning [UD UCA Core: R]
GEOG 3371 Urban Geography [UD UCA Core: I]
GEOG 3381 Political Geography [UD UCA Core: I]
GEOG 4313 Recreation and Tourism [UD UCA Core: I, R]
COMM 4315 Communication and Leadership
HLTH 4370 Administration of Health Programs [UD UCA Core: C]
PRLS 4310 Non-Profit Public Relations

Policy Analysis and Advocacy – 6 credit hours (2 courses)

PADM 4330 Public Policy and Program Evaluation
PADM 4360 Education Policy
PADM 4380 Special Topics in Public Policy
PADM 4V99 Studies in Public Policy (independent study, variable credit)NOTE: Students must take at least one course (three credit hours) of the required six hours in this issue area from the courses listed above.PSCI 3316 Cybersecurity Law and Policy [UD UCA Core: C]
PSCI 3320 Environmental Policy [UD UCA Core: I, R]
PSCI 4335 The American Congress
CRIM 3370 Criminology
SOC 4301 Social Movements and Social Change
HLTH 4300 Community Health Problems
GEOG 3301 Conservation of Natural Resources [UD UCA Core: R
COMM 3308 Argumentation and Advocacy
WRTG 4308 Writing for Change: Advocacy Writing [UD UCA Core: Z]

[3.3.4] Minor in Public Administration (24 credit hours)

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All public administration minors are required to complete 15 credit hours of core required PSCI and PADM courses, six credit hours at the 3000 level or above from the public and non-profit issue area (see below), and three credit hours at the 3000 level or above from the policy analysis and advocacy issue area (see below). PSCI 1330 U.S. Government and Politics [ACTS: PLSC2003] is a prerequisite for all upper-division PSCI and PADM courses. PADM 2310 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy is a prerequisite for all upper-division PADM courses.

Public Administration Minor Required Courses
PADM 2310 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy *
PSCI 3300 State Government & Politics
PADM 3310 Public Management
PADM 3320 Public Policy Analysis [UD UCA Core: Z]
PADM 4320 Government Budgeting

* Political Science majors who wish to minor in public administration must use PADM 2310 for their major. Therefore, political science majors must take an additional course from the public and non-profit management issue area or policy analysis and advocacy issue area to meet the 24-credit hour minor requirement.

Issue Areas

Public and Non-Profit Management – 6 credit hours (two courses)

PSCI 3336 Local Government & Politics
PADM 4340 Non-Profit Management
PADM 4V89 Studies in Public and Non-Profit Management (Independent Study, variable credit)
PADM 4350 Intergovernmental Relations [UD UCA Core: C]
PADM 4370 Special Topics in Public and Non-Profit Management

Policy Analysis and Advocacy – 3 credit hours (one course)

PSCI 3316 Cyber Security Law and Policy [UD UCA Core: C]
PSCI 3320 Environmental Policy [UD UCA Core: I, R]
PADM 4V99 Studies in Public Policy (Independent Study, variable credit)
PADM 4330 Public Policy and Program Evaluation
PADM 4360 Education Policy
PADM 4380 Special Topics in Public Policy

[3.4] Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

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[3.4.1] Purpose

The International Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program located in the Department of Government, Public Service, and International Studies at the University of Central Arkansas that is intended for students who are interested in studying global topics and problems primarily from a social science perspective. Students are exposed to a variety of courses in the fields of international relations and comparative politics within the discipline of political science, as well as a variety of courses within the disciplines of economics, finance, geography, history, philosophy, and world languages. Students may choose to pursue either a major or a minor in International Studies.

[3.4.2] Major in International Studies (33 hours)

The degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), with a major in International Studies, requires successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) completion of 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and completion of the upper-division UCA Core requirements using major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) completion of the major (core, experiential learning, and concentration) requirements listed below; (3) completion of related course requirements consisting of six credit-hours in a foreign language at the 2000-level or higher; and (4) completion of a minor or second major.

All student majoring in International Studies are required to complete twelve (12) hours of core coursework; three (3) hours of experiential learning coursework (travel/study abroad program, independent research project, internship, or participation in a collegiate Model United Nations conference); and eighteen (18) hours of coursework at the 3000-level or above from one of the three International Studies concentrations, including at least six hours of PSCI courses. A student whose second major is International Studies must complete at least 24 credit hours of required and elective courses that are not also counted toward the first major. The nine credit hours of courses that may overlap between the two majors may include both lower-division required courses and upper-division elective courses.

Designated PSCI and other courses may be used to satisfy the upper-division UCA Core requirements in Diversity [D], Critical Inquiry [I], Responsible Living [R], Effective Communication [C], and Capstone Experience [Z].

Mathematics Pathway: First-time, first-year students majoring in International Studies enter the Quantitative Literacy Mathematics Pathway and must enroll in MATH 1360 during their first year of study, unless they have been awarded credit that completes their 1000-level math requirements.

Core Requirements (12 hours)

PSCI 2300 Introduction to International Relations

PSCI 2312 Statistical Methods for Political Analysis or PSCI 2322 Political Science Applications in GIS

PSCI 2320 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Choose one of the following courses.ANTH 2300 Peoples and Cultures
ENGL 2305 World Literature I
ENGL 2306 World Literature II
GEOG 3300 World Geography
LING 2350 World Languages
Experiential Learning Requirement (3 hours)

Complete at least one of the following upper-division experiential learning courses.

PSCI 4392 Internship in International Studies
PSCI 4393 Experiential Learning in International Studies or Political Science
PSCI 4394 Research in International Studies or Political Science
Concentration Requirement (18 hours)

Complete 18 hours from one of the following International Studies concentrations, including at least two courses (six hours) from the political science course offerings.

International Affairs & Security Concentration

PSCI 3305 United Nations & International Politics [UD UCA Core: I]
PSCI 3315 International Law & Organizations [UD UCA Core: I, C]
PSCI 3316 Cybersecurity Law and Policy [UD UCA Core: C]
PSCI 4312 China & International Politics [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 4320 Revolution & Political Violence [UD UCA Core: D, C]
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics*
PSCI 4388 American Foreign Policy
PSCI 4389 Russian Foreign Policy
PSCI 4395 International Conflict & Conflict Management
GEOG 3381 Political Geography [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 3385 World Military History: A Survey of Global Conflict Patterns [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4335 Diplomatic History of the U.S. [UD UCA Core: I, C]

International Development & Globalization Concentration

PSCI 3382 Politics of Developing Nations [UD UCA Core: D, C]
PSCI 4305 The Political Economy of Development
PSCI 4310 International Political Economy & Globalization [UD UCA Core: Z]
PSCI 4328 Dynamics of Democratization [UD UCA Core: Z]
PSCI 4340 Seminar in Selected Topics*
ECON 3330 Environmental Economics [UD UCA Core: R]
ECON 4320 Comparative Economics Systems
ECON 4335 International Trade [UD UCA Core: D]
ECON 4375 Economics of Developing Nations
FINA 4333 International Finance
GEOG 3305 Economic Geography [UD UCA Core: I]
GEOG 3385 Global Food Resources
HIST 3312 Comparative History of Developing Countries
HIST 4365 The History of Imperialism [UD UCA Core: D]
SOC 4310 Globalization and Development

Regional & Cultural Studies Concentration

Africa and the Middle East

PSCI 4345 Governments & Politics of Africa [UD UCA Core: D]
PSCI 4348 Governments & Politics of the Middle East [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 3360 Pre-Colonial African History [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 3365 Modern African History [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4305 The U.S. and the Middle East [UD UCA Core: I]
HIST 4372 Pan-Africanism, Anti-Colonialism, and African Unity [UD UCA Core: R, C]
FREN 3315 Issues of Cultural Identity in the Francophone World [UD UCA Core: D, R]

Asia and the Pacific

PSCI 4312 China & International Politics [UD UCA Core: D]
CHIN 3312 Chinese Culture & Society: Advanced Readings on Modern China [UD UCA Core: D, I]
CHIN 3320 Advanced Readings in Chinese Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]
CHIN 3398 Travel Seminar in China
GEOG 3345 Geography of China & East Asia [UD UCA Core: D]
GEOG 3346 Geography of South Asia
HIST 3303 Asian Civilization I [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 3304 Asian Civilization II [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4341 The Vietnam War [UD UCA Core: I, C]
HIST 4381 Modern China [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4383 Modern Japan [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4386 The War in the Pacific, 1931-1945 [UD UCA Core: D]
PHIL 3352 Asian Philosophy & Religion [UD UCA Core: D, C]
RELG 3325 Buddhism [UD UCA Core: D, R]
RELG 4305 Chinese Philosophies & Religions [UD UCA Core: D, R]

Europe

PSCI 3340 Governments & Politics of Europe and Russia
FREN 3312 French Civilization [UD UCA Core: D, I]
FREN 3320 French Literature I
FREN 3321 French Literature II [UD UCA Core: D, I]
FREN 3350 French Cinema
GEOG 3335 Geography of Europe and Russia [UD UCA Core: D]
GERM 3312 German Civilization [UD UCA Core: D,C]
GERM 3320 German Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]
HIST 4334 Topics in European History
HIST 4347 Ideas & Society in Modern Europe
HIST 4369 Victorian Britain
HIST 4370 Europe, 1815-1914
HIST 4374 The European Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 4376 Europe, 1914-1939
HIST 4377 Europe in the Global Era
HIST 4394 Germany since 1918
HIST 4397 History of Ireland, 1500-present
SPAN 3312 Spanish Civilization [UD UCA Core: D, I]
SPAN 3320 Spanish Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]

Latin America and the Caribbean

PSCI 4325 Mexican Politics & U.S.-Mexican Relations
GEOG 3315 Geography of Latin America [UD UCA Core: D, C]
HIST 4328 Modern Latin America [UD UCA Core: D]
HIST 4343 History of Mexico [UD UCA Core: D]
SPAN 3313 Latin American Civilization [UD UCA Core: I]
SPAN 3315 Topics in Hispanic Studies [UD UCA Core: D, R]
SPAN 3321 Latin American Literature [UD UCA Core: D, I]

[3.4.3] Related Course Requirements (6 hours)

Student pursuing a B.A. in International Studies will complete related course requirements consisting of six-credit hours in a foreign language at the 2000-level or higher.

[3.4.4] Minor in International Studies (21 hours)

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Core Requirements (9 hours):

PSCI 2300 Introduction to International Relations
PSCI 2320 Introduction Comparative Politics
Choose one of the following courses:
ANTH 2300 Peoples and Cultures
ENGL 2305 World Literature I
ENGL 2306 World Literature II
GEOG 3300 World Geography
LING 2350 World Languages

Concentration Requirement (12 hours): completion of four courses at the 3000-level or above from one of the three International Studies concentrations (see above), including at least one course (three hours) from the political science offerings.

[3.5] Minor in Legal Studies

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The minor in Legal Studies requires 24 credit hours as detailed below.

[3.5.1] Required Core (12 credit hours)

PSCI 1330 U.S. Government and Politics
PSCI 3375 The American Judicial System (prerequisite: PSCI 1330)
ACCT 2321, Legal Environment of Business I
CRIM 2300, Foundations for Criminal Justice

[3.5.2] Electives (12 credit hours)

At least nine elective credit hours must come from one of the following focus areas.

Public Law and Institutions

This area focuses on the various institutions and mechanisms that influence the legal system.

PSCI 3315 International Law and Organizations (prerequisite: PSCI 1330, 2300, or consent)
PSCI 3316 Cybersecurity and Law (prerequisite: PSCI 1330, 2300, or consent)
PADM 3320 Public Policy Analysis (prerequisite: PSCI 1330, 2305)
PSCI 4300 Constitutional Law (prerequisite: PSCI 1330)
PSCI 4301 Civil Liberties (prerequisite: PSCI 1330)
PSCI 4335 The American Congress (prerequisite: PSCI 1330)

Law and Society

This area focuses on law in relation to various groups within society.

CRIM 3381, Police and Society (prerequisite: CRIM 2300, or consent)
CRIM 3370 Criminology (prerequisite: CRIM 2300, or consent)
SOC 4321 Social Policy Analysis (prerequisite: SOC 1300, or consent)
CRIM 4355 Victimology (prerequisite: CRIM 2300, or consent)
PHIL 3330 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 4350 Health Care Ethics (prerequisite: one philosophy course or consent)
MCOM 3301 Media Law & Ethics prerequisite: JOUR 2300 or consent)

Law and Markets

This area focuses on how the law influences business, economic, and financial institutions and their decision making.

ACCT 3316 Individual Taxation (prerequisite: ACCT 2330 with a C or better)
ACCT 3323 Employment Law
ACCT 4305 Estate Planning (Prerequisite: junior standing or consent of the instructor)
ACCT 4316 Advanced Income Tax (prerequisite: ACCT 3316 with a C or better)
ACCT 4322 Legal Environment of Business II (prerequisite: ACCT 2321)
ECON 3310 Public Finance
INSU/MGMT 4315 Employee Benefits
FINA 3323 Real Estate
HIST 4336 Work, Wealth, & Power in United States History

[4] Courses in Political Science (PSCI)

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