Political Science B.A.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Stan Luger, Ph.D., Professor

Location: McKee 303

Telephone: 970.351.2058

Fax: 970.351.2311

Website: www.unco.edu/psci

Advising Information:

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:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

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, Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, and International Relations program.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Recommendations:

See recommended LAC courses below.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. LAC — 40 credits

The following courses are recommended but not required for completion of the major.

LAC area 4 — History

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877

3

HIST 101Survey of American History from 1877 to the Present

3

HIST 120Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to 1689

3

HIST 121Western Civilization from 1689 to the Present

3

LAC area 5 — Social and Behavioral Sciences

ECON 203Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 205Principles of Microeconomics

3

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

STAT 150Introduction to Statistical Analysis

3

2. Required Major — 36 credits

Take all of the following courses:

PSCI 100United States National Government

3

PSCI 105Fundamentals of Politics

3

PSCI 110Global Issues

3

PSCI 100 and PSCI 105: (LAC 5.a.)

PSCI 110: (LAC 5.a., 7)

Choose one of the following courses:

PSCI 405Senior Seminar in American Politics

3

PSCI 415Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics

3

PSCI 425Senior Seminar in International Relations

3

PSCI 435Senior Seminar in Political Philosophy

3

Choose two courses from each of the following groups for a total of 24 credits:

Group A — American Politics

ENST 205Environment, Politics and Law

3

PSCI 203Colorado Politics

3

PSCI 207Women and Politics

3

PSCI 208Introduction to Public Administration

3

PSCI 301Electoral Politics in the United States

3

PSCI 302Power in America

3

PSCI 303Public Policy in the United States

3

PSCI 305Politics of Education

3

PSCI 306Constitutional Law

3

PSCI 307Social Movements in American Politics

3

PSCI 309American Political Development

3

PSCI 392Internship

1 - 13

PSCI 405Senior Seminar in American Politics

3

PSCI 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

Group B — International Relations

PSCI 220Introduction to International Relations

3

PSCI 240Globalization

3

PSCI 320American Foreign Policy

3

PSCI 321War and Peace

3

PSCI 325Conflict in the Middle East

3

PSCI 326International Political Economy

3

PSCI 328International Law and Organizations

3

PSCI 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

PSCI 425Senior Seminar in International Relations

3

Group C — Political Philosophy

PSCI 331Political Philosophy I

3

PSCI 332Political Philosophy II

3

PSCI 335American Political Philosophy

3

PSCI 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

PSCI 435Senior Seminar in Political Philosophy

3

Group D — Comparative Politics

PSCI 200Introduction to Comparative Politics

3

PSCI 210European Politics

3

PSCI 215Politics of Central and East European States

3

PSCI 230The Evolution of the Modern State

3

PSCI 315Comparative Public Policy

3

PSCI 316Latin American Politics

3

PSCI 317Transitions to Democracy

3

PSCI 318The Politics of the Developing States

3

PSCI 319Asian Politics

3

PSCI 323Politics of Religion

3

PSCI 350Politics and Film

3

PSCI 351Screening for PSCI 350

0

PSCI 415Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics

3

PSCI 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

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 13 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.