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Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The study of political science provides students with an understanding of politics, law, international relations, government and public administration. Recent graduates have gone to work for local, state, national and international organizations. A large percentage of our graduates go to graduate or law school.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science 

General Education Courses

 

Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy

1

Critical Skills    
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition

3

CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking, & Writing

3

Quantitative Skills  

 

MATH 105 or 150 or or 151 or 201

3

Logic/Language/Semiotics  

 

Foreign Language At the 102 level

3-4

  See approved list

3

Oral Communication May be met in major

0-3

Technology See approved list; may be met by another req

0-3

Skills for a Common Experience and Thinking Across Disciplines

 

HMXP 102 The Human Experience: Who Am I?

3

Global Perspectives May be met in major

0-3

Historical Perspectives See approved list,

3

Developing Critical Skills Applying them to Disciplines

 

Natural Science See approved list; from 2 categories and one must be a lab science

7

Social Science 3-6 met in major, 3-6 from other designators

3-6*

Humanities and Arts 3 may be met in major, 3-6 from other designators

6-9*

*a total of 12 semester hours from these two categories must be taken  

 

Intensive Writing May be met in major with PLSC 490

0

Constitution Requirement Met in major by PLSC 201

0

Required Program  

30-36

PLSC 201 American Government

3

 
PLSC 350 Scope and Methods

3

 
PLSC 490, PLSC 450H, or HONR 450H Sr Capstone, Thesis Research

3

 
 
 
American Government  

3

Select from

 

PLSC 202 State and Local Government

3

 
PLSC 305 The National Executive

3

 
PLSC 306 Congress

3

 
PLSC 307 American Parties and Practical Politics

3

 
PLSC 310 The Judiciary

3

 
PLSC 311 Constitutional Law: Federalism and Institutions

3

 
PLSC 312 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

3

 
PLSC 313 Public Opinion and Political Participation

3

 
PLSC 314 Media and Politics

3

 
PLSC 371 Women and Politics in the U S

3

 
PLSC 518 Politics of the American South

3

 
Comparative Government and International Relations  

3

Select from

 

PLSC 205 International Politics

3

 
PLSC 207 Comparative Politics

3

 
PLSC 260 The United Nations

3

 
PLSC 332 Government and Politics of Asia

3

 
PLSC 335 Environmental Politics

3

 
PLSC 336 Post Soviet Politics and Society: Inside the Enigma

3

 
PLSC 337 Women and Global Politics

3

 
PLSC 338 Government and Politics of Africa

3

 
PLSC 345 European Politics

3

 
PLSC 505 Government and Politics of Modern China

3

 
PLSC 506 International Political Economy

3

 
Political Theory  

3

Select from  

 

PLSC 351 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

3

 
PLSC 352 Modern and Contemporary Political Thought

3

 
PLSC 355 Political Ideologies

3

 
PLSC 356 American Political Thought

3

 
PLSC 551 African American Political Thought

3

 
PLSC 553 Feminist Theory

3

 
Public Administration  

3

Select from  

 

PLSC 317 African American Politcs and Policy

3

PLSC 319 Race and Ethnic Politics

3

PLSC 321 Public Policy and Policy Anlys

3

PLSC 323 Public Administration

3

PLSC 324 Health Politics and Policy

3

PLSC 325 Environmental Politics

3

PLSC 504 American Foreign Policy

3

PLSC 508 National Security Policy

3

PLSC 512 Education Politics and Policy

3

PLSC 515 Urban Politics and Policy

3

Experiential Learning Requirement

0-3

Select from  
(Course may also be used to meet another degree requirement.)  
PLSC 260 The United Nations

3

 
PLSC 307 American Parties and Practical Politics

3

 
PLSC 337 Women and Global Politics

3

 
PLSC 470 Experiential Learning in Political Science

3

 
PLSC 471, PLSC 472 or PLSC 473 Academic Internship in Political Science

1-3

 
 
 
PLSC 501, PLSC 502 or PLSC 503 Academic Research in Political Science

1-3

 
 
 
PLSC 514 Survey Research and Data Management

3

 
PLSC electives (to total a minimum of 30 hours in PLSC)  

6-15

Foreign Language Requirement  

0-4

Minor  

15-24

General Electives  

5-38

Total  

124


Note: Students are limited to a total of nine hours in the major in PLSC 450H, 471, 472, 473, 498, 501, 502, and 503 combined.

†This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite. A maximum of one course may be counted in the Logic/Language/Semiotics Area.
 

The student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of PLSC courses in residence at Winthrop University.

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