Undergraduate

We offer a liberal arts oriented curriculum that leads to either a major or minor in political science at the bachelor's level. The goal is to provide a general rather than a highly specialized program.

Students are advised to officially declare a major and to obtain a Program of Study by the beginning of the sophomore year, if not before. Students may initiate a Program of Study by meeting with the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Academic Advisor (Morton Hall, Room 336). All new students are advised to consult with the chair of the department before scheduling classes. 

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science may choose from five areas of concentration:

  • International relations
  • Political philosophy
  • American government
  • Constitutional law
  • Comparative politics

Students must complete 33 hours of Political Science courses, which include 18 hours of required courses and 15 hours of electives.  In addition, a 3-hour course in statistics from the Political Science department, Sociology department, or Psychology department is also required.  

Required Courses

PSC 101
Introduction to American Government
PSC 102
Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 103
Introduction to State and Local Government
PSC 260
Introduction to International Relations
and one of the following two courses:
PSC 330
Classical Political Philosophy
or
PSC 332
Modern Political Philosophy
PSC 484
Senior Seminar

These required courses provide majors with introductory overviews to American government (PSC 101) as the basic political structure of American governance; comparative politics (PSC 102) as an opportunity to compare and contrast American government with a selection of others in the global community; state and local governments (PSC 103) as an opportunity to understand the politics of federalism within the American governing structure; and international relations (PSC 260) as an opportunity to appreciate the dynamics of politics on the world stage. The required courses also provide majors with an opportunity to grasp the basics of philosophical development on the nature of politics and their empirical and ethical roots (PSC 330 or PSC 332) as well as a final seminar to engage in a research project that applies the insights from the major itself (PSC 484).

Electives

To complete their major, students must select five elective PSC courses listed in the catalog (transfer students may include one lower-division political science course from another institution in lieu of a 300+ level course). Most electives are offered on a rotating basis every two to three years. In addition, three courses are cross-listed with the Philosophy Department: PSC 330 - Classical Political Philosophy, PSC 332 - Modern Political Philosophy, and PSC 438 - Contemporary Political Thought. (Both departments permit students who intend to double-major in both disciplines to double-count up to 9 hours of these courses.  Thus, little additional coursework is required for a Political Science-Philosophy double-major.)

For a full list of courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, visit the UAH Catalog.

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Requirements and Pathways for the BA Degree in Political Science

For the complete requirements and pathways for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, visit the UAH catalog.

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Minor in Political Science

The Political Science minor requires 21 hours of department courses, of which the following three are required:

PSC 101
Introduction to American Government
PSC 102
Introduction to Comparative Politics
and one of the following two courses:
PSC 103
Introduction to State and Local Government
or
PSC 260
Introduction to International Relations

 

To complete their minor, students must select four courses from the Political Science electives at the 300+ level. (In addition, only one of the following courses may double-count with the major in Philosophy: PSC 330, PSC 332, or PSC 438.)

For a full list of courses for the Minor in Political Science, visit the UAH Catalog.

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PSC 103
State and Local Government
PSC 260
Introduction to International Relations