College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Contact: Stan Luger, Ph.D., Professor
Location: McKee 303
Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.
Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.
The program consists of three parts:
- Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
- Required Major Credits
- University-Wide Credits
This program emphasizes the development of the analytical, research, and writing skills that are necessary to think critically and reflect upon political values and public policy. The program participates in the Liberal Arts Core program, the Center for Teaching History and Social Science, the Institute for Civic Education, Life of the Mind program, the Honors program, Women’s Studies, Environmental Studies, and International Relations program.
Program Admission Requirements:
Academic Good Standing
See recommended LAC courses below.
Degree Requirements — 120 Credits
1. LAC — 40 credits
The following courses are recommended but not required for completion of the major.
LAC area 4 — History
|HIST 100||Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877||
|HIST 101||Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present||
|HIST 120||Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to 1689||
|HIST 121||Western Civilization from 1689 to the Present||
LAC area 5 — Social and Behavioral Sciences
LAC area 2 — Mathematics
|STAT 150||Introduction to Statistical Analysis||
2. Required Major — 36 credits
Take all of the following courses:
Choose one of the following courses:
|PSCI 405||Senior Seminar in American Politics||
|PSCI 415||Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics||
|PSCI 425||Senior Seminar in International Relations||
|PSCI 435||Senior Seminar in Political Philosophy||
Choose two courses from each of the following groups for a total of 24 credits:
Group A — American Politics
Group B — International Relations
Group C — Political Philosophy
Group D — Comparative Politics
University-Wide Credits — 44 credits
Complete 44 additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for a degree at UNC.
NOTES: Qualified students are invited to enroll in the Honors Program in Political Science. Consult the director, Honors Program in Political Science, Stan Luger.
Students must have permission of the Internship Coordinator, Christiane Olivo, before registering for an internship.
Students must have completed 9 credits in political science before doing an internship. While students may take up to 10 credits in the Political Science Internship program, only 3 credits can be used toward the requirements for the major.
Students interested in licensure for teaching political science must major in social sciences rather than political science.