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Adding an area of emphasis to your Political Science degree allows you to customize your major, add structure to your degree plan, and focus your undergraduate coursework. Additional benefits include specialized coursework, advanced degree and career preparation, and networking opportunities. Areas of emphasis will appear on your diploma and official transcripts – certifying your accomplishments within that transcripted emphasis area.

Students must complete at least 5 course (15 credit hours) in a selected area in order to officially earn that area of emphasis. Students may pursue only one transcripted area of emphasis. For more information or to declare your area of emphasis, please contact your academic advisor.

Are you having issues with your Audit?
The world of Political Science is always growing and evolving, as are our areas of emphasis. Unfortunately, our technology doesn’t always keep up with this fast paced growth. Thus, you may have courses that do not appear to be counting towards your area of emphasis on your audit. If this is the case, please send a detailed email (from your uMail account) that includes your student ID number and concerns to your academic advisor. We are working hard to correct these issues and appreciate your patience during this time.

Community Involvement and Nonprofit Leadership

Best for students focused on the development of community engagement and local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. Perfect for students who are preparing for careers in nonprofit and public service sectors or those wishing to pursue graduate degrees in this area.

Course Options

HONOR 3005 International Leadership Academy
POLS 3020 Neighborhood Democracy
POLS 3025 Democracy and Social Justice
POLS 3026 Civic Engagement and Social Change
POLS 3030 State and Local Government
POLS 3700 Urban Politics
POLS 3827 Student Lab for Social Change
POLS 5525 Engaging Volunteers in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
POLS 5530 Nonprofit Board Governance
POLS 5540 Nonprofit Advocacy
POLS 5545 Public and Nonprofit Organizations: Media and Public Relations
POLS 5550 Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations
POLS 5560 Developing Revenue in Nonprofit Organizations
POLS 5565 NGO Development and Leadership
POLS 5570 Management of Nonprofit Organizations
POLS 5580 Nonprofit Financial Management
POLS 5595 Understanding Nonprofit Strategy & Outcomes

International Politics 

Ideal for students who are interested in studying cooperation and conflict among countries and other supra-national actors, such as international governmental organizations (United Nations, European Union, etc.) and non-governmental organizations (Greenpeace, International Labor Organization, etc.). Excellent for students seeking careers with an international context or those eager to pursue additional education related to international politics or law.

Course Options

POLS 3002 Quantitative Approaches to International Relations
POLS 3410 European Politics
POLS 3420 Islam and Politics
POLS 3440 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
POLS 3450 Politics in China
POLS 3490 Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective
POLS 3510 Politics of Asia
POLS 3520 Government and Politics of Mexico 
POLS 3550 Comparative Politics of Latin America
POLS 3620 United Nations
POLS 3680 Globalization and World Politics
POLS 4400 Introduction to Islam
POLS 5085 Islam and Democracy
POLS 5400 Parliaments, Presidents, and Parties: Comparative Institutions
POLS 5410 New Democracies
POLS 5420 The European Union
POLS 5440 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
POLS 5450 Political Violence/Terrorism
POLS 5460 International Relations of Africa
POLS 5470 International Relations of the Middle East
POLS 5480 International Relations of East Asia
POLS 5490 International Relations of Latin America
POLS 5600 Democracy in Latin America
POLS 5610 International Law
POLS 5625 International Ethics
POLS 5630 Global Governance
POLS 5660 American Foreign Policy
POLS 5670 U.S. National Security Policy
POLS 5690 Foundations of International Security
POLS 5710 Introduction to International Political Economy
POLS 5750 The Rise of Global Power
POLS 5800 Theories of International Relations

Public Policy

Optimal for students who wish to focus on the study of how public policies are made, implemented, and evaluated. Great for students interested in long-term public policy work or those seeking a graduated degree in public administration – Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Public Policy (MPP).

Course Options

POLS 2700 Introduction to Public Administration
POLS 3320 Introduction to Public Policy and Analysis
POLS 3380 Politics and Budgets
POLS 3390 Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Policy
POLS 5170 Politics and the American Economy
POLS 5290 Applied Quantitative Methods in Public Policy
POLS 5320 Public Policy Theories and Applications
POLS 5321 Health Policy
POLS 5322 Environmental and Sustainability Policy
POLS 5323 Policy Analysis
POLS 5390 Administration in Local Government
POLS 5510 Water Policy and Politics
POLS 5530 Nonprofit Board Governance
POLS 5540 Nonprofit Advocacy
POLS 5545 Public & Nonprofit Organizations Media & Public Relations
POLS 5550 Nonprofit & Nongovernmental Organizations
POLS 5660 American Foreign Policy
POLS 5670 U.S. National Security Policy
POLS 5750 The Rise of Global Capitalism

Law and Politics

Perfect for students who wish to study the normative basis for law in democratic societies, the creation and administration of laws, and the normative and empirical evaluation of law. Ideal for students interested in careers related to the administration of law or those hoping to pursue a law degree – the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.).

Course Options

POLS 3000 Liberalism and Its Critics
POSL 3200 Introduction to Law and Politics
POLS 3220 Jurisprudence of Criminal Law
POLS 5120 Judicial Process
POLS 5211 Constitutional Law
POLS 5212 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POLS 5240 Local Government Law
POLS 5250 Corrections Administration
POLS 5610 International Law


Last Updated: 4/9/21