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In addition to POLS 2310 and POLS 2311, the major requires 30 semester hours in Political Science, including POLS 3600. Each student selects one of four degree plans:

  1. The general major in Political Science
  2. The concentration in Law and Politics
  3. The concentration in Public Administration and Service
  4. The concentration in International Politics

These degree plans are outlined below. Each major must also complete a minor of at least 18 hours. The minor can be from another Liberal Arts discipline, from approved inter-disciplinary minors, or from approved disciplines in other colleges, and should be selected in consultation with the departmental undergraduate advisor.

Concentrations

  • Political Science: Public Administration and Service
  • Political Science: International Politics
  • Political Science: Law and Politics

Degree Plan

BA in Political Science

Minor Required
This program requires the selection of a minor.
ESOL Track
Students who completed ESOL 1311 and ESOL 1312 will need to also complete ESOL 2303 with a grade of C or better.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Political Science Major (This area requires a minimum GPA of 2.0)
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Subfields:
POLS 3600Research in Political Science c6
Select one course in three of the following subfields:9
American Political Behavior:
Party System, Campaigns Elect.
Pub Opinion/Media & Technology
Ethnicity & Race In Amer Pol
Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.
American Legislatures
The Presidency
Southwestern Border Politics
Women, Power and Politics
Latinos In Amer Political Syst
U.S. Constitutional Structure
Teaching Democracy
Special Topics in Am. Politics
Law and Politics:
Judicial Process
Constitutional Law
Civil Rights & Liberties
Law and Society
comparative courts
Judicial Politics
Legal Reasoning
Courts in Action
Introduction to Private Law
Spec Topics in Law & Politics
International Law and the US
Intl. and Regional Courts
International Relations:
International Relations
International Security
International Law and Politics
Foreign Policy of the U.S.
US-Latin American Relations
North American Relations
Internat'l Political Economy
International Organizations
Sp Topics/Internat'l Relations
Ethnic Conflict and Civil Wars
Conflict Analysis
Comparative Politics:
Political Geography
Politics in World Regions
Latin American Politics
Comparative Political Systems
Democracy and Democratization
The Politics of Mexico
Russia's Challenges/21st Cent
European Union Politics
Politics/Developing Countries
Sp Topics in Comparative Gov
Political Thought and Theory:
Western Political Heritage I
Western Political Heritage II
American Political Thought
The American Constitution
Contemporary Political Thought
Sp Topics in Political Theory
Public Administration:
Intro to Public Administration
The Public Policy Process
State and Local Administration
Non-Profit Organizations
Leadership/Civic Participation
Special Topics in Public Admin
Urban Planning
Additional Hours:
Select fifteen hours of the following:15
Texas Constitution
Party System, Campaigns Elect.
Pub Opinion/Media & Technology
Ethnicity & Race In Amer Pol
Judicial Process
Constitutional Law
Civil Rights & Liberties
Law and Society
Political Geography
Politics in World Regions
Latin American Politics
Comparative Political Systems
Western Political Heritage I
Western Political Heritage II
American Political Thought
Democracy and Democratization
Intro to Public Administration
The Public Policy Process
State and Local Administration
Internship
International Relations
International Security
International Law and Politics
Political Simulations
Adv Rsrch Methods/Pol Science
Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.
American Legislatures
The Presidency
Southwestern Border Politics
Women, Power and Politics
Latinos In Amer Political Syst
U.S. Constitutional Structure
Teaching Democracy
Special Topics in Am. Politics
Legal Reasoning
Judicial Politics
Courts in Action
Introduction to Private Law
Spec Topics in Law & Politics
International Law and the US
Intl. and Regional Courts
Foreign Policy of the U.S.
European Political Systems
The Politics of Mexico
US-Latin American Relations
The American Constitution
Contemporary Political Thought
Sp Topics in Political Theory
Russia's Challenges/21st Cent
European Union Politics
Politics/Developing Countries
Sp Topics in Comparative Gov
Non-Profit Organizations
Leadership/Civic Participation
Special Topics in Public Admin
Urban Planning
North American Relations
Internat'l Political Economy
International Organizations
Sp Topics/Internat'l Relations
Ethnic Conflict and Civil Wars
Conflict Analysis
Independent Reading in Pol Sci
Advanced Analysis of Politics
Senior Capstone
Foreign Language
Select a sequence of the following options: 16
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Interm Spanish One Non-Nat Spk
and Interm Spanish Two Non-Nat Spk
Spanish For Spanish Spkrs One
and Spanish for Spanish Spkrs Two
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Intensive Span for Span Speak
French Three
and French Four
German Three
and German Four
Accelerated Latin One
and Accelerated Latin Two
Intermediate Portguese I
and Intermediate Portuguese II
Intensive Language Study
and Intensive Language Study
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Block Electives
Complete eighteen upper-division hours from the blocks below, with three to nine hours in each18
Total Hours120
C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

1

French and Spanish majors must fulfill this requirement in a language other than their major.

BA in Political Science with a Concentration

Required Credits: 120

Minor Required
This program requires the selection of a minor.
ESOL Track
Students who completed ESOL 1311 and ESOL 1312 will need to also complete ESOL 2303 with a grade of C or better.
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Concentration
Complete a concentration35
Foreign Language
Select a sequence from the following options: 16
Intermediate Arabic I
and Intermediate Arabic II
Interm Spanish One Non-Nat Spk
and Interm Spanish Two Non-Nat Spk
Spanish For Spanish Spkrs One
and Spanish for Spanish Spkrs Two
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
Intensive Span for Span Speak
French Three
and French Four
German Three
and German Four
Accelerated Latin One
and Accelerated Latin Two
Intermediate Portguese I
and Intermediate Portuguese II
Intensive Language Study
and Intensive Language Study
Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
Block Electives
Complete eighteen upper-division hours from the blocks below, with three to nine hours in each18
Total Hours120
C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

1

French and Spanish majors must fulfill this requirement in a language other than their major.

Concentration in International Politics

This area requires a minimum GPA of 2.0

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
POLS 3339Comparative Political Systems3
POLS 3360International Relations3
POLS 3600Research in Political Science c6
Major Electives:
Select three courses of the following:9
comparative courts
Political Geography
Politics in World Regions
Latin American Politics
Democracy and Democratization
The Politics of Mexico
Russia's Challenges/21st Cent
European Union Politics
Politics/Developing Countries
Sp Topics in Comparative Gov
Conflict Analysis
Additional Electives:
Select three courses of the following:9
International Security
International Law and Politics
Intl. and Regional Courts
Foreign Policy of the U.S.
US-Latin American Relations
North American Relations
Internat'l Political Economy
International Organizations
Sp Topics/Internat'l Relations
Ethnic Conflict and Civil Wars
Total Hours36

Concentration in Law and Politics

This area requires a minimum GPA of 2.0

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
POLS 3315Judicial Process3
POLS 3320Constitutional Law3
POLS 3600Research in Political Science c6
Major Electives:
Select three courses of the following:9
Civil Rights & Liberties
Law and Society
comparative courts
International Law and Politics
Judicial Politics
Legal Reasoning
Courts in Action
Introduction to Private Law
Spec Topics in Law & Politics
International Law and the US
Intl. and Regional Courts
The American Constitution
Additional Electives:
Select two courses of the following:6
Party System, Campaigns Elect.
Pub Opinion/Media & Technology
Ethnicity & Race In Amer Pol
American Legislatures
The Presidency
Southwestern Border Politics
Women, Power and Politics
Latinos In Amer Political Syst
Special Topics in Am. Politics
Additional Requirement:
Select one of the following:3
Western Political Heritage I
Western Political Heritage II
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Sp Topics in Political Theory
Total Hours36
C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

1

French and Spanish majors must fulfill this requirement in a language other than their major.

Concentration in Public Administration and Srvc

This area requires a minimum GPA of 2.0

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
POLS 3350Intro to Public Administration c3
POLS 3600Research in Political Science c6
Major Electives:
Select three courses from the following:9
The Public Policy Process
State and Local Administration
Internship
Non-Profit Organizations
Leadership/Civic Participation
Special Topics in Public Admin
Urban Planning
Additional Electives:
Select three courses from the following:9
Party System, Campaigns Elect.
Pub Opinion/Media & Technology
Ethnicity & Race In Amer Pol
American Political Thought
American Legislatures
The Presidency
Southwestern Border Politics
Women, Power and Politics
Latinos In Amer Political Syst
Special Topics in Am. Politics
The American Constitution
Upper-Division POLS:
Select three hours from the following:3
Party System, Campaigns Elect.
Pub Opinion/Media & Technology
Ethnicity & Race In Amer Pol
Judicial Process
Civil Rights & Liberties
Law and Society
comparative courts
Political Geography
Politics in World Regions
Latin American Politics
Comparative Political Systems
Western Political Heritage I
Western Political Heritage II
American Political Thought
Democracy and Democratization
The Public Policy Process
State and Local Administration
Internship
International Relations
International Security
International Law and Politics
Political Simulations
Adv Rsrch Methods/Pol Science
Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.
American Legislatures
The Presidency
Southwestern Border Politics
Latinos In Amer Political Syst
U.S. Constitutional Structure
Teaching Democracy
Special Topics in Am. Politics
Judicial Politics
Legal Reasoning
Courts in Action
Introduction to Private Law
Spec Topics in Law & Politics
International Law and the US
Intl. and Regional Courts
Foreign Policy of the U.S.
European Political Systems
The Politics of Mexico
US-Latin American Relations
The American Constitution
Contemporary Political Thought
Sp Topics in Political Theory
Russia's Challenges/21st Cent
European Union Politics
Politics/Developing Countries
Sp Topics in Comparative Gov
Non-Profit Organizations
Leadership/Civic Participation
Special Topics in Public Admin
Urban Planning
North American Relations
Internat'l Political Economy
International Organizations
Sp Topics/Internat'l Relations
Ethnic Conflict and Civil Wars
Conflict Analysis
Independent Reading in Pol Sci
Advanced Analysis of Politics
Senior Capstone
Total Hours36
C

Course requires a grade of C or better.

1

French and Spanish majors must fulfill this requirement in a language other than their major.

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Laboratory for PHYS 2320
Laboratory for PHYS 2321
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6

Block Electives

(Core courses and courses from major or minor area cannot be counted as block electives)

Fine and Performing Arts

ART 3300Art Exploration3
ARTE 3307Introduction to Art Education3
ARTH 3353Pre-Columb Art & Arch3
CHIC 3302Chicano Cinema3
CHIC 3303Border Image in Mexican Film3
CHIC 3304Chicano/Latino Music in the US3
DANC 3303History of Dance as a Perf Art3
DANC 3322World Dance3
DANC 3347Jazz & Other Stage Danc Form I3
DANC 3348Jazz & Other Stge Danc Form II3
FILM 3302Chicano Cinema3
FILM 3303The Border Image in Mex. Film3
FILM 3315Screenwriting3
FILM 3391African-American Filmmakers3
FILM 3393Avant-Garde Cinema3
FILM 3394Documentary Cinema3
FILM 3395Women and Film3
FILM 4340Selected Topics/ Film Studies3
FREN 4389Acting Out:Spectacle & Stage3
MUSL 3324Intro to World Music3
MUSL 3325Music on the Border3
MUSL 3326Social History of Rock3
MUSL 3327History of Jazz3
MUSL 3329Topics in Music Hist & Culture3
MUSL 3331Musical Instruments3
MUSL 3332Music and Film3
MUSL 3333Arabic Music3
MUSL 3334Ethnomusicology3
SPAN 4341Modern Drama3
THEA 3301Scene Study I3
THEA 3335Contemp Hispanic Thea & Drama3
THEA 3340History of Costume Design3
THEA 3341Principles of Costuming3
THEA 3342Lighting Design3
THEA 3343Scenic Painting3
THEA 3350Creative Drama3
THEA 3351Theatre Hist and Literature I3
THEA 3352Theatre Hist and Literature II3
THEA 3355Broadway Musicals-A History3
THEA 3356Women in Drama3
THEA 4304Theatre Pract/Non-Majors3
WS 3331Gender & Popular Culture3
WS 3333Gndr, Ethncty in Contemp Art3
WS 3335Feminist Film3
WS 3382Gender Issues in the Arts3

Humanities

AFST 3390Topics in African/Amer Studies3
CHIC 3301La Chicana3
CHIC 3311Chicano Studies: Societal Issu3
CHIC 4301Chicano Legal History3
CRW 3362Intro to Creative Writing3
CRW 3373Writing in Society3
ENGL 3300Intro. to Literary Studies3
ENGL 3301Literary Studies3
ENGL 3302Literature and Film3
ENGL 3304Gothic Literature3
ENGL 3305Children's Literature3
ENGL 3306Young Adult Literature3
ENGL 3309Detective Fiction3
ENGL 3310Chicana/o Literature3
ENGL 3311American Literature to 18653
ENGL 3312Am. Literature 1865 to Present3
ENGL 3315African American Literature3
ENGL 3316Native American Literature3
ENGL 3317Postcolonial Literature3
ENGL 3318British Literature Before 14853
ENGL 3319Sixteenth-Cent. Prose & Poetry3
ENGL 3320Shakespeare3
ENGL 3321Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry3
ENGL 332317th Century Prose and Poetry3
ENGL 3325Literature of the Bible3
ENGL 3327Jewish American Literature3
ENGL 3328Holocaust Literature and Film3
ENGL 3330Restoration & 18th Century Lit3
ENGL 3331World Literature3
ENGL 3333Romantic Literature3
ENGL 3337Victorian Literature3
ENGL 3341History of Form I3
ENGL 3342History of Form II3
ENGL 3344Am. Poetry 1900 to Present3
ENGL 3360Women in Literature3
ENGL 3371Southwestern Literature3
ENGL 3372Folklore and Mythology3
ENGL 3374Folklore Of Mexican American3
ENGL 4308Chaucer3
ENGL 4309Milton3
ENGL 4314Literary Criticism3
ENGL 4316Am. Nonfiction/Poetry To 19003
ENGL 4317American Fiction To 19003
ENGL 4318Early 20TH Cent Am. Fiction3
ENGL 4319Am. Fiction 1945 to Present3
ENGL 4322The American Drama3
ENGL 4325British Drama Since 18803
ENGL 4340Advanced Literary Studies3
ENGL 4347British Novel thru 18th Cent3
ENGL 4348British Novel: 19th Century3
ENGL 4349British Novel: 20th Century3
ENGL 4350Maj Am. Writer(s) through 19003
ENGL 4351Maj Am Writer(s) since 19003
FREN 3301French Literature to 17153
FREN 3303French Literature Since 17153
FREN 3320French Civilization3
FREN 3355Assuming the Power of Speech3
FREN 4387Poetry, Art of Ages:Lai to Rai3
FREN 4388Pleasure of Text: Genre, Narra3
FREN 4389Acting Out:Spectacle & Stage3
FREN 4390Topics in French3
all HIST 3300 - HIST 4300 except HIST 4325, HIST 4330, HIST 4390
all HUMN 3300 - HUMN 4300
JS 3300 - JS 4300
LABS 3300The Americas3
LABS 3301The Border3
LING 3313English Historical Linguistics3
LING 3315History of Spanish Language3
MS 3313U.S. Military History3
all PHIL 3300 - PHIL 4300
PORT 4390Topics in Portuguese3
all RS 3300 - RS 4300
RWS 3355Workplace Writing3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
all SPAN 3300 - SPAN 4300 except SPAN 3309, SPAN 3311, SPAN 4301
WS 3351Gender & Religion3
WS 3360Women in Literature3
WS 3383Gender Issues in Humanities3
WS 3392The Three Waves of Feminism3
WS 4310Feminist Theory3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

AFST 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm. U.S.3
all ANTH 3300 - ANTH 4300
CHIC 3301La Chicana3
CHIC 3311Chicano Studies: Societal Issu3
CHIC 3339Cultural Diversity & Youth: US3
CHIC 4301Chicano Legal History3
CHIC 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.3
CHIC 4306Colonias on the US/Mex Border3
CHIC 4307Hispanic Entrepreneurship3
COMM 3322Communication and Conflict3
COMM 3323Comm & Org Leadership3
COMM 3344Media Programming for Radio/TV3
COMM 3345Media Scriptwriting3
COMM 3353Intercultural Communication3
COMM 3354Small Group3
COMM 3355Organizational Communication3
COMM 4341Media Announcing & Performance3
COMM 4350Selected Topics3
COMM 4352Contemporary Rhetoric3
CRIJ 3321Family Violence3
CRIJ 3351Crim Just on US-Mexico Border3
CRIJ 4303Crime, Criminal Justice & Film3
CRIJ 4311Immigration Law and Admin3
INSS 3301Historical Dev of Nat'l Sec3
INSS 3302Sem in Intel and Nat'l Sec3
INSS 4350Selected Problems in Intel3
INSS 4351Professional Practices3
LABS 3300The Americas3
LABS 3301The Border3
LABS 4301Topics Lat Amer/Border Stud3
all LING 3300 - LING 4300 except LING 3313, LING 3315
all POLS 3300 - POLS 4300
PSYC 3315Psychology and the Law3
PSYC 4309History & Systems Psychology3
PSYC 4316Language and Cognition3
all SOCI 3300 - SOCI 4300
WS 3301La Chicana3
WS 3370Gender Roles & Society3
WS 3372Women & Work in the Sex Indust3
WS 3380Social Justice Values at Work3
WS 3384Gender Issues in Social Scincs3
WS 4310Feminist Theory3
WS 4360Jr/Sr Seminar/Women's Studies3
RWS 3345Editing3
RWS 3355Workplace Writing3
RWS 3357Computers and Writing3
RWS 3358Special Topics in Writing3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
RWS 3365Adv Composition:Rhet Theory3
RWS 3366Advanced Composition: Argument3
RWS 4300Senior Writing Practicum3

 The courses below will apply to different blocks based on the term and section completed

  • Please see dept or schedule book (online) for details