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Political Science

Political Science Major

Major and Track Requirements    The political science major can be completed in one of two ways: traditional major or an applied politics track. An  official checklist that includes General Education Requirements, major requirements, and other university requirements is available at the department office, Fulton Hall 266. POSC requirements are summarized below.    All political science majors must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete with minimum grades of C, 10 courses in political science with at least 6 courses at the 300/400 level.*   
  2. Complete the following Political Science CORE REQUIREMENTS:  POSC 101, 103, and 300   
  3. Complete an additional 4 courses with one course from each of the following fields: (DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS):  Comparative Politics  POSC 310, 311, 313, 390, 408, or 417;   International Politics/Foreign Policy  POSC 210, 213, 215, 312, 409, 411, 413, or 415;   Political Theory  POSC 200, 370, or 401;  American Politics/Public Policy  POSC 112, 202, 230, 260, 301, 315, 320, 330, 340 (3 hrs. only), 341, 360, 430, 440, 450, or 460.   
  4. Satisfy the requirements for the traditional major or one of the tracksNote to transfer students: Transfer students must take at least 15 hours of POSC courses at SU. 

*A complete list course offerings follow the description of the tracks. 

Traditional Major  Students must complete an additional 3 courses in political science.     

Applied Politics Track  Students must complete these additional requirements:    1. Complete these courses: POSC 340, ENGL 306 or CMAT 246 or CMAT 443, and MATH 155.  2. Select 3 courses from the following list*: POSC 202, 301, 315, 320, 430, 440.  *One of these courses can also be used to fulfill the distribution requirement of one course from the American Politics/Public Policy field.     

Political Science Courses

Political Theory
POSC 200 
POSC 370 
POSC 401 
Political Ideologies 
Political Theory 
American Politics/Public Policy 
POSC 103
POSC 110
POSC 112 
POSC 202
POSC 230
POSC 300
POSC 301
POSC 315
POSC 320
POSC 330
POSC 340
POSC 341
POSC 360
POSC 430
POSC 440
POSC 450
POSC 460 
Into to American Public Policy
American National Government
Contemporary Issues
State and Local Government in the US
Judicial Process and Politics
Methods of Empirical Political Analysis
Political Parties and Peer Groups
The Presidency in American Politics
Public Policy Analysis
American Constitutional Development
Political Science Internship
Political Science Internship Seminar
Environmental Policy
The Congress in American Politics
Public Administration
Civil Rights and Liberties
Environmental Law
Comparative Politics 
POSC 310
POSC 311 
POSC 313
POSC 390
POSC 417
Comparative European Government Comparative Government of Developing Nations
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
International Field Study
Russia and the Soviet Union
International Politics/Foreign Policy
POSC 210
POSC 213
POSC 215
POSC 409
POSC 411
POSC 413
POSC 415 
Introduction to International Relations
War and Peace in the Middle East
American Foreign Policy
Causes of War
International Law
International Political Economy
The United Nations System          

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