Undergraduate Major in Political Science
- Students pursing a B.A. degree must have 39 hours of Political Science Classes including:
I. CORE COURSES
(15 hours, take all five courses)
PLS 101 American National Government
PLS 201 Introduction to Political Science Methods
PLS 220 Introduction to International Relations
PLS 230 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
PLS 401 Senior Seminar (need to have taken all other core classes, 30 hours completed in the major, plus senior status)
II. POLITICAL THEORY REQUIREMENT
(3 hours, take one course)
Students must complete one of the following courses in
PLS 212 - Introduction to Political Theory
PLS 310 - Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence
PLS 312 - Scope and Methods of Political Science
PLS 313 - Early Political Thought
PLS 314 - Modern Political Thought
PLS 315 - Contemporary Political Ideologies
PLS 317 - Political Thought of Asia
PLS 415 - American Political Thought
III. UPPER-LEVEL REQUIREMENT
(18 hours, take six courses)
- MINIMUM UPPER-LEVEL REQUIREMENT
- A total of 18 hours must be at the 300-400 levels.
- PLS 401 counts toward the 300-400 level requirement, as do upper-level distribution courses listed below.
- UPPER-LEVEL DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENT
(9 hours, take three courses):
- Upper-level courses must include one of the following courses in American Political Behavior or Political Institutions.
PLS 300 - American Constitutional Law I
PLS 301 - American Constitutional Law II
PLS 302 - Public Opinion and Democracy
PLS 303 - Elections and Voting Behavior
PLS 306 - Congress and the Presidency
PLS 307 - The American Legislature
PLS 308 - Public Administration
PLS 309 - The American Chief Executive
PLS 316 - Women in Politics
PLS 340 - Blacks in American Politics
PLS 405 - American Parties and Pressure Groups
PLS 406 - Contemporary Southern Politics
PLS 422 - Contemporary American Foreign Policy
- Upper-level courses must include one of the following courses in International Relations.
PLS 421 - Model United Nations II
PLS 423 - National Security Policy
PLS 424 - International Security
PLS 425 - International Politics
PLS 426 - International Law
PLS 427 - International Organizations
PLS 428 - Global Terrorism
PLS 429 - International Political Economy.
- Upper-level courses must include one of the following courses in Comparative Politics:
PLS 330 - Political Systems of Africa
PLS 331 - Politics in Developing Nations
PLS 332 - Politics of Central America and the Caribbean
PLS 333 - Politics of South America
PLS 334 - Revolutionary Movements
PLS 335 - European Political Systems
PLS 336 - Russian and Post-Soviet Political Systems
PLS 338 - Political Systems of the Middle East
PLS 339 - Asian Politics.
IV. IMPORTANT NOTES
- Only course grades C- or better will count toward the major.
- The overall major GPA must be 2.0 or higher.
V. TEACHER LICENSURE
In addition to completing requirements for the major, political science majors seeking teaching licensure in social studies must complete the Teacher Education Program requirements at the Watson College of Education and a minimum of 21 collateral hours including HST 101, HST 102, HST 104, HST 105 and HST 106, and at least one course in each of the following areas: economics, geography, and sociology or anthropology.
For information on the Teacher Education Program admissions criteria and the courses required for licensure in North Carolina, see the Watson College of Education. Students planning to pursue teaching licensure should apply to the Watson College of Education as soon as admissions requirements are met (typically in the sophomore year) and plan their programs in regular consultation with their advisors. Note: Teacher licensure requirements are established at the state level and may be changed by the state at any time.
Students planning to do graduate work are encouraged to study a modern foreign language and to acquire a basic knowledge of computer science, statistics, and calculus.
Please see the Undergraduate Catalogue 2015-16 for additional information.