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 either by meeting with the departmental chair (Morton Hall, Room 250) or the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Academic Advisor (Morton Hall, Room 336). Transfer students are advised to consult with the chair of the department before scheduling courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

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

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

The major requires students to complete four areas of Charger Foundations (general education requirements) and a Pre-Professional area of required courses for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. They must also complete 33 hours of department courses, a 3-hour course in statistics from either the Sociology Department or the Psychology Department, and six required courses.

Required Courses

PSC 101
American Government
PSC 102
Comparative Politics and Foreign Governments
PSC 103
State and Local Government
PSC 260
Introduction to International Relations
PSC 330
Classical Political Philosophy
or
PSC 332
Modern Political Philosophy
PSC 484
Senior Seminar

These required courses provide majors with introductory overviews (PSC 101) to American government as the basic political structure of American society; to comparative politics (PSC 102) as an opportunity to compare and contrast American government with a selection of others in the world; to state and local governments (PSC 103) as an opportunity to appreciate the politics of federalism within the American governing structure; and to international relations (PSC 260) as an opportunity to appreciate the dynamics of politics on the world stage. They 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 four elective 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 to double-count up to 9 hours of these courses, which permits students to double-major in both with little additional coursework to enhance their academic objectives.)

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

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Political Science Minor

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

PSC 101
American Government
PSC 102
Comparative Politics and Foreign Governments
PSC 484
Senior Seminar

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

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

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