Political Science, B.A.L.A.S.
World Politics Concentration
The World Politics concentration compares internal political dynamics of and patterns of political behavior in the world's more than 200 countries. Major comparative themes include democracy, dictatorship and regime change; political institutions (parties, elections, and decision-making); voting behavior, attitudes, and the creation and dissemination of political information; religious and ethnic identity politics; political economy of development and developing countries; social change and political violence; and the impact of globalization and transnational forces such as migration.
See the Political Science Distinction page for departmental distinction information.
Summary of Degree Requirements
Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours. Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 50 hours including 30 hours of Political Science courses. The supporting coursework requirement may be met by a second major or minor.
Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor. The plan will consist of the selection of a concentration and 12 hours of supporting coursework approved by an advisor.
See the Political Science Major page for additional requirements and departmental distinction information.
General Political Science Coursework
|PS 100||Intro to Political Science||3|
|Select 6 hours from any additional 100- or 200-level Political Science courses||6|
|Select 6 hours from any 300- or 400-level Political Science courses 1||6|
|Students will select a second major, or a minor, or a set of courses of at least 12 hours of thematically-related coursework outside political science, developed in conjunction with an academic advisor.||12|
Students may count a maximum of six (6) hours of credit of any combination of hours from PS 494 toward the advanced hours requirement. Not more than 6 hours of individual study courses in political science (PS 490) or 6 hours of internships (PS 491) or 6 hours of supervised research (PS 492) may be included in the major; a student with any mix of independent study hours and internship hours and supervised research hours may include a maximum of 9 hours of such credit in the major. (PS 496) is reserved for those seniors doing honors theses for distinction in political science and may not be counted in the 50-hour minimum required for the major.
World Politics Concentration Coursework Requirements
|Select at least one course from the following:||3|
|Intro to Comp Politics|
|Comp Politics in Dev Nations|
|Select six (6) hours any additional Political Science courses at any level||6|
|Select nine (9) hours of 300- or 400-level courses from the World Politics Concentration list:||9|
|The New Middle East|
|IntroPolitics of Globalization|
|Intro to Pol Research|
|Introduction to Modern Africa|
|Special Topics (as appropriate)|
|Politics in Intl Development|
|Gov & Pol in Africa|
|Gov & Pol of China|
|Gov & Pol of SE Asia|
|Gov & Pol of South Asia|
|Gov & Pol of Middle East|
|Gov & Pol in Western Europe|
|Gov & Pol Post-Soviet States|
|Gov & Pol of East Europe|
|Gov & Pol of Latin America|
|Comparative Political Economy|
|Comparative Political Behavior|
|Intl Rel & Domestic Politics|
|Politics of the European Union|
|Democracy and Identity|
|Dem Gov in a Global Setting|
|Junior Honors Seminar (as appropriate)|