Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: Public Affairs Concentration

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The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First-Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
POS 100  Introduction to Political Science 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 9
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  English Composition II  OR  ENG 211  Business Writing I  OR  ENG 217  Scientific and Technical Writing I  OR  HON 250  Honors Composition II  3
POS 105  American Politics  3
General Education Courses 9
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
POS American Politics Course 3
POS Public Affairs Course 3
General Education Courses
9
   
Fourth Semester 15
COM 230  Argumentation and Debate  OR  COM 350  Persuasion 3
POS International Relations/Comparative Politics Course 3
POS Public Affairs Course 3
General Education Courses
6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
POS 301  Research Methods in Political Science
3
POS Public Affairs Course 3
POS Theory Course 3
Minor OR Elective Courses 6
   
Sixth Semester 15
POS Public Affairs Courses 6
Minor OR Elective Courses
9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
POS Public Affairs Course 3
Minor OR Elective Courses 12
   
Eighth Semester 15
POS 450  Seminar in American Politics 3
POS Public Affairs Course 3
Minor OR Elective Courses 9
Total 120

Program Requirements

Required Major Courses (12 credits) 

  • POS 100  Introduction to Political Science
  • POS 105  American Politics
  • POS 301  Research Methods in Political Science
  • POS 450  Seminar in Politics

Select one from each list (9 credits total): 

  • American Politics: POS 303, 306, 310, 311, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 329, 344, 415
  • International Relations/Comparative Politics: POS 210, 312, 320, 323, 325, 326, 336, 340, 346, 360, 381
  • Political Theory: POS 307, 327, 330, 347, 348

Public Affairs Concentration (21 credits)

  • LAW 370  Administrative Law
  • POS 300  Public Policy
  • POS 344  Intergovernmental Relations
  • POS 355  Public Administration
  • POS 365  Public Sector Organizational Theory and Behavior 
  • POS 370  Public Sector Personnel Management
  • POS 375  Public and Nonprofit Strategic Planning