Political Science

Major or Minor in Political Science with Teacher Licensure

Students who want to teach government in high school should minor in Secondary Education; complete 12 hours of History (may include General Studies requirements); minor in History (highly recommended), Economics, or Geography; and take 36 hours in political science. These should include the following:

Core: (12 credit hours)
PS 1005: Introduction to American Politics
PS 1010: Introduction to Global Politics
PS 3210: International Relations
PS 3220: Comparative Politics
Three of the following: (6 credit hours)
PS 3050: Presidency
PS 3060: U.S. Congress
PS 330: Political Parties
PS 3370: Constitutional Law I
One of the following: (3 credit hours)
PS 4230: Classical Political Theory
PS 4700: American Plitical Thought (recommended)
PS 4920: Modern Political Thought
PS 4930: Contemporary Political Philosophy

12 hours of PS Electives 

Students with teacher licensure in History, Geography, and Economics who are seeking an add-on endorsement in Government must take: PS 1005, 1010, 2440; either PS 3210 or 4300; either PS 2020 or 4120; and an upper-division class in political theory (total 18 credit hours)

Students without licensure in History, Geography, and Economics who are seeking an add-on endorsement in Government must take the classes listed above plus 3 additional hours of political science (a total of 21 hours).

These are not the only requirements for the degree. Please refer to the proper Upper-Division Form (79 KB) for the complete requirements.

Curriculum Mapping

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