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Areas of Emphasis

International Politics :: Public Policy
Law & Politics :: Community Involvement and Nonprofit Leadership

Benefits of Selecting an Area of Emphasis:

  • Focus major courses
  • Demonstrate a learning focus for future employment or an advanced degree
  • Included on transcript upon graduation

NEW! Community Involvement and Nonprofit Leadership

This emphasis is built on fostering student engagement with the community and educating students to be prepared for careers in the nonprofit and public service sectors. It seeks to build on political science's strength in nonprofit organizations at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department has an increasing number of students who are interested in pursuing careers related to local, national, and international nonprofit organizations or pursuing additional education in this area.

International Politics

International politics is the study of cooperation and conflict among countries and other supra-national actors such as international governmental organizations (e.g. United Nations, European Union, NATO) and non-governmental organizations (e.g. Greenpeace, International Labor Organization). International Politics has been a recognized subfield within political science for as long as political science has been a discipline. This emphasis would be especially valuable for students interested in working for public or private employers in an international context or who intend to pursue further study in international politics or international law.

Public Policy

Public Policy is the study of how public policies are made, implemented, and evaluated. The study of public policy has grown as a subfield within political science in the post-World War II period in the US and in other countries. This emphasis would be especially valuable for students interested in working for public or private employers in areas related to public policy or who intend to seek an advanced degree in public administration (MPA) or public policy (MPP).

Law and Politics

Law and Politics is the study of the normative basis for law in democratic societies, the creation and administration of laws, and the evaluation of law both normatively and empirically. Law and politics has been an established subfield within political science since the emergence of the modern discipline of political science. This emphasis would be especially valuable for students interested in careers related to the administration of law or who intend to seek a law degree (JD).

Core Requirements for all Areas

36 Total Credit Hours for Major

Required (3 credit hours):

  • POLS 1100 American National Government

Complete 2 Core Courses (6 credit hours):

  • POLS 2100 Intro to International Relations
  • POLS 2200 Intro to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 2300 Intro to Political Theory

Upper-Division Elective Courses (27 credit hours*):

  • 12 credit hours at the POLS 3000-5999 level
  • 15 credit hours in an area of emphasis
    • * Minimum of 9 credit hours completed at the POLS 5000 to 5999 level

Selecting an area of emphasis is optional, and is not a requirement for Political Science majors.

To add an emphasis area, contact  your academic advisor

Core & Emphasis Requirements

*Students are advised to take at least 5 courses (15 total credit hours) in a selected area. 

Community Involvement and Nonprofit Leadership

  • POLS/HONOR 3005 International Leadership Academy*
  • POLS 3020 Neighborhood Democracy
  • POLS 3827 Student Lab for Social Change
  • POLS 3700 Urban Politics
  • POLS 5525 Engaging Volunteers in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • POLS 5530 Nonprofit Board Governance
  • 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

Sub-total 15

* Existing Honors course offered by a political science faculty member to which a POLS course designation would be added.

Law and Politics

  • POLS 3000 Liberalism and Its Critics
  • POSL 3200 Intro to Law and Politics
  • POLS 3220 Jurisprudence of Criminal Law
  • POLS 5080 Islamic 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 5520 Law Enforcement Administration
  • POLS 5610 International Law

Sub-total 15

International Politics

  • 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 3500 Democracy in Latin America
  • POLS 3510 Politics and Gov’ts of the Pacific Rim Nations
  • POLS 3550 Comparative Politics of Latin America
  • POLS 3620 United Nations
  • POLS 3680 Globalization and World Politics
  • 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 Int’l Relations of Africa
  • POLS 5470 Int’l Relations of the Mid. East
  • POLS 5480 Int’l Relations of East Asia
  • POLS 5490 Int’l Relations of Latin America
  • POLS 5600 Democracy in Latin America
  • POLS 5610 Int’l Law
  • POLS 5625 International Ethics
  • POLS 5630 Global Governance
  • POLS 5660 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 5670 US Nat’l Security Policy
  • POLS 5690 Foundations of Int’l Security
  • POLS 5710 Found. of the Politics of Int’l. Economic Relations
  • POLS 5750 The Rise of Global Power
  • POLS 5800 Theories of Int’l Relations

Sub-total 15

Public Policy

  • POLS 3030 State and Local Government
  • POLS 3250 Gender, Ethics, and Public Policy
  • POLS 3300 Intro to Public Administration
  • POLS 3320 Intro to Public Policy and Analysis
  • POLS 3380 Politics and Budgets
  • POLS 3390 Intro to Environmental and Sustainability Policy
  • POLS 5170 Politics and American Economy
  • POLS 5290 Applied Quantitative Methods in Public Policy
  • POLS 5530 Public Policy Theories and Applications
  • POLS 5321 Health Policy
  • POLS 5322 Environmental and Sustainability Policy
  • POLS 5323 Policy Analysis
  • POLS 5380 Public Budgeting and Finance
  • POLS 5390 Admin in Local Government
  • POLS 5500 Politics of Public Land Management
  • POLS 5510 Water Policy
  • POLS 5540 Nonprofit Advocacy
  • POLS 5660 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 5670 US Nat’l Security Policy
  • POLS 5780 The Rise of Global Capitalism

Sub-total 15

Last Updated: 4/20/18