Political Science - Undergraduate Programs

Overview

The goal of the political science undergraduate curriculum is to maximize students' capacities to analyze and interpret political events and governmental processes. In addition to acquiring general knowledge about government and political behavior, students also learn the analytical skills relevant to particular political systems (their own and others'), and to problems of most immediate consequence and concern to them.

The four major objectives of the department's curriculum are to:

  • Identify and describe political structures, rules, behaviors and environments which shape political action.
  • Explain and employ statistical and methodological techniques to analyze information.
  • Identify, comprehend, and apply comparative, theoretical, or conceptual approaches to actors and their policies.
  • Develop the ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate political phenomena.

The major courses are designed to present a coherent portrait of the discipline. Students begin with a general introduction to national, state, and local politics followed by required courses in political methodology and political theory. Finally, students are exposed to at least four major areas of the discipline. The department also offers options for students who desire a concentration in pre-law, public policy/administration, or international studies. Students may choose any 18 hours (6 advanced) for a minor. Those who want a specialization may concentrate courses in areas of public law; policy and administration; comparative and international politics; American national government; political parties, group politics, and elections; or political theory.

The political science student is exposed to a multifaceted and highly regarded faculty, many of whom have received regional and national honors for teaching, service, and research. Upon graduation, UT Arlington political science majors are prepared to compete for a wide variety of jobs in both the private and public sectors.

Admission to Department of Political Science Degree Programs

Students should have completed 30 hours of core with 30 hours at UT Arlington, or 40 hours of core with 12 hours at UT Arlington with an overall GPA greater than 2.0. Students may be accepted as pre-political science majors if the above standards are not met.

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Oral Communication and Computer Use Competencies

Students majoring in political science are required to demonstrate computer use and oral communication competencies. Computer use proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  1. successful completion of POLS 3310 RESEARCH METHODS AND POLITICAL ANALYSIS; or
  2. successful completion of CSE 1301 COMPUTER LITERACY or INSY 2303 INTRODUCTION TO M.I.S. AND DATA PROCESSING; or
  3. successful completion of other courses approved by the Undergraduate Assembly; or
  4. passing the University computer use competency exam.

Oral communication proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

COMS 1301FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING3
COMS 2305BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION3
COMS 3315COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS3
  1. successful completion of specific political science courses approved by the department; or
  2. successful completion of one of the following:
  3. successful completion of other courses approved by the Undergraduate Assembly.

Students should discuss these options with their undergraduate advisor who may also provide a list of other courses approved by the University to meet these requirements.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science

All students who wish to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science must complete the following coursework. In completing this coursework, they will satisfy the University's core curriculum requirements.

Pre-Professional Courses
General Core Requirements 42
Recommended Core Requirements
RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION I (or suitable substitute)
RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION II (or suitable substitute)
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO 1865
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, 1865 TO PRESENT
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES 1
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT 1
Social or cultural anthropology; archaeology; social/political/cultural geography; economics; criminal justice; psychology; sociology; women's studies courses cross-listed with these departments and/or Introduction to Women's Studies (WOMS 2310). This fulfills the Social/Cultural studies requirement
Program Requirements
Electives
Modern and Classical Languages: 1441, 1442, 2313, 231414
Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for the degree
Professional Courses
Major
POLS 2311GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES 13
POLS 2312STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT 13
POLS 3310RESEARCH METHODS AND POLITICAL ANALYSIS (or equivalent)3
Select one of the following in political thought:
MODERN CRITICS OF SOCIETY AND POLITICS
ISSUES IN POLITICAL THEORY
FEMINIST POLITICAL THOUGHT
POLITICAL IDEAS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
MODERN POLITICAL IDEAS
CONTEMPORARY CONTROVERSIES IN POLITICAL THEORY
Or equivalent
Select at least one course from any four of the five areas listed:12
Area I Political Behavior and Processes:
LEGISLATIVE ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE
COMPARATIVE STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS
PUBLIC OPINION
AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES
SEPARATION OF POWERS AND AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS
WOMEN IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
ETHNIC GROUP POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES
POLITICS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS
POLITICS OF MEXICAN AMERICANS
ELECTORAL BEHAVIOR
ELECTION STRATEGY AND CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT
THE U.S. PRESIDENCY
PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP IN DOMESTIC POLICY MAKING
Area II Comparative Politics:
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY IN LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS
MEXICAN POLITICS AND U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EAST POLITICS
THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT OF RUSSIA AND THE SUCCESSOR STATES
RUSSIA AND THE SUCCESSOR STATES TODAY
THE POLITICS AND FOREIGN POLICY OF ISRAEL
Area III International Politics:
POLS 3302INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
POLS 4311INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY3
POLS 4312INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS3
CONTEMPORARY UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY
THEORIES OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
FOREIGN POLICIES OF RUSSIA AND THE SUCCESSOR STATES
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
POLS 4372HUMAN SECURITY, VIOLENCE, AND SCARCITY3
POLS 4373POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW3
Area IV Public Law:
JUDICIAL BEHAVIOR AND THE JUDICIAL PROCESS
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CIVIL LIBERTIES
JURISPRUDENCE
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: GOVERNMENT POWER
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS
Area V Public Administration and Policy Studies:
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
GOVERNMENT IN URBAN AMERICA
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS
POLS 4340FEDERAL SOCIAL POLICY3
POLS 4350HEALTH POLITICS AND POLICY3
ENERGY POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
Students have the option of competing a departmental specialization (between Pre-law, Policy/Public Admin, International studies, and Political behavior and processes).12-18
Pre-Law:
Requiring a minimum of 9 hours in the Public Law area of Political Science, plus 9 hours of courses to be chosen from the following:
GROUP COMMUNICATION THEORY
THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM
ADVANCED ARGUMENTATION
U.S. LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY, COLONIAL TO 1877
U.S. LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY, 1877 TO PRESENT
GREAT ANGLO-AMERICAN TRIALS
U.S. CIVIL LIBERTIES
BRITISH CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY
FUNDAMENTALS OF REASONING
LOGIC
PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
CRIMINOLOGY
LAW AND SOCIETY
LAW I
LAW II
Policy/Public Administration:
Requiring a minimum of 12 hours in the Policy/Public Administration area of Political Science
International Studies:
Requiring a minimum of 12 hours in any combination of the Comparative Politics and International Politics areas of Political Science
Political Behavior and Processes:
Requiring a minimum of 12 hours in the Political Behavior and Processes area of Political Science
Total Hours120
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Students are required to complete 12 hrs of 3000/4000 level POLS coursework to bring their total number of POLS coursework hours to 36.  The 36 hours to includePOLS 2311 GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES and POLS 2312 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Students majoring in Political Science will pursue this general course of study in the discipline AND they may declare a specific area of concentration by filing a statement of intent with the Political Science Department. The area of concentration will require that the student complete the requirements for the general degree plan while also fulfilling certain requirements for the concentration. All students will receive the B.A. in Political Science. Those completing the selected specialization will also receive recognition of completion.

The purpose of the specializations is to provide the student with a focused, systematic, and in-depth educational experience in the context of a broad liberal arts education.

Political Science classes may be used toward the major requirements or minor requirements (at the discretion of the department offering the minor), but not both.

Oral Communication and Computer Use Competencies

Students majoring in political science are required to demonstrate computer use and oral communication competencies. Computer use proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  1. successful completion of POLS 3310 RESEARCH METHODS AND POLITICAL ANALYSIS; or
  2. successful completion of CSE 1301 COMPUTER LITERACY or INSY 2303 INTRODUCTION TO M.I.S. AND DATA PROCESSING; or
  3. successful completion of other courses approved by the Undergraduate Assembly; or
  4. passing the University computer use competency exam.

Oral communication proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

COMS 1301FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING3
COMS 2305BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION3
COMS 3315COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS3
  1. successful completion of specific political science courses approved by the department; or
  2. successful completion of one of the following:
  3. successful completion of other courses approved by the Undergraduate Assembly.

Students should discuss these options with their undergraduate advisor who may also provide a list of other courses approved by the University to meet these requirements.

Requirement for a Minor in Political Science

A minor in political science requires 18 semester hours, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.

Political Science classes may be used toward the major requirements or minor requirements (at the discretion of the department offering the minor), but not both.