Undergraduate Program

B.A. in Political Science Degree Requirements

The Department of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University

A student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science must meet the following requirements:

  1. All baccalaureate degree requirements, including the foreign language requirement [check the Degree Requirements section of the University Catalog]. Students who enter FAU with fewer than 30 credits must complete Introductory Statistics (STA 2023).
  2. Complete a total of 36 credits in political science with a grade of "C" or better.
    1. Complete the following required courses (nine credits):

      Government of the USA — POS 2041 (3 credits)
      Comparative Politics — CPO 3003 (3 credits)
      Research Methods — POS 3703 (3 credits)

    2. Complete 27 credits of upper-division coursework, with at least: 9 credits from Section A: "American Politics, Political Theory, and Public Policy" and 6 credits from Section B: "World Politics".

Section A: American Politics, Political Theory, and Public Policy

Course Title Course Number # of credits
Issues in American Politics POS 3033 3
Florida Politics and Government POS 3182 3
Political Film and Fiction POS 3258 3
Law and American Society POS 3691 3
Women and the Law POS 3693 3
U.S. Immigration Policy POS 4024 3
Urban Politics POS 4145 3
Public Opinion and American Politics POS 4204 3
Media in Politics POS 4235 3
Campaigns and Elections POS 4275 3
Religion and American Politics POS 4291 3
U.S. Presidency POS 4413 3
U.S. Congress POS 4424 3
Political Parties and Interest Groups POS 4453 3
Constitutional Law: Government Powers and Limits POS 4603 3
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties POS 4604 3
The Judicial Process POS 4609 3
Politics of Community Development POS 4623 3
Special Topics POS 4931 3
Masterworks in Political Theory POT 4042 3
American Political Thought POT 4204 3
Special Topics POT 4932 3
Women and Politics PUP 3323 3
Policy Making and Administration PUP 4004 3
Policy Analysis PUP 4008 3
Government and the Economy PUP 4710 3
Directed Independent Study* POS 4905 1-3
Senior Research Project* POS 4910 3
Internship* POS 4941 1-3

* These classes are considered part of Section A or Section B, depending on the topic of the study or internship placement.

Section B: World Politics

Course Title Course Number # of credits
Religions and World Politics CPO 3761 3
Global Development and Inequality of Nations CPO 4033 3
Comparative European Politics CPO 4042 3
Politics of the European Union CPO 4101 3
Latin American Politics CPO 4303 3
Comparative Politics: Middle East CPO 4403 3
Comparative Islamist Movements CPO 4424 3
Asia Pacific Rim Politics CPO 4502 3
Comparative Politics: Russia and Eastern Europe CPO 4633 3
Comparative Gender Politics CPO 4710 3
Comparative Politics of Ethnic Conflict CPO 4724 3
Special Topics CPO 4932 3
American Foreign Policy INR 3102 3
International Law: Foundations and Institutions INR 3403 3
International Law of Peace and Diplomacy INR 3413 3
International Law of Armed Conflict INR 3433 3
International Organization INR 3502 3
International Political Economy INR 3702 3
War and Peace INR 4006 3
International System INR 4081 3
Global Environmental Politics and Politics INR 4350 3
Advanced Diplomacy INR 4503 3
Special Topics INR 4932 3
Directed Independent Study* POS 4905 1-3
Senior Research Project* POS 4910 3
Internship* POS 4941 1-3

* These classes are considered part of Section A or Section B, depending on the topic of the study or internship placement.

Minor in Political Science

A minor in Political Science requires a minimum of 15 credits (12 of which must be taken at FAU) in Political Science courses, including POS 2041 The Government of the U.S. or INR 2002 Introduction to World Politics or equivalent courses, and 4 upper-division courses (12 credits) with a grade of “C” or better.

Students who enter Florida Atlantic University with less than 30 credits must complete Introductory Statistics (STA 2023).

For more information, contact: The Department of Political Science (561.297.3210) Social Science Building, Room 392

The Student Learning Outcome: http://iea.fau.edu/ALC/PoliticalScienceSLOA.pdf

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