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Political Science, Minor


Political science enjoys a central position among the social sciences. Aristotle characterized politics as the “queen of the sciences.” It is a broad discipline that encompasses philosophical, historical and analytical studies of governments, politics and policies. Political science students learn not only the concepts, theories and methods associated with the discipline, but also gain the cognitive and presentational skills required of tomorrow’s public and private leaders. At its core, politics is about building and maintaining communities at the local, state, national and international levels that enable citizens to live enriching and fulfilling lives. Political science students develop not only an understanding of those communities, but also the ability to influence them.

Total Program Credits: 21

Matriculation Requirements:  
  1. Completion of POLS 1010 Introduction to Political Science SS or POLS 1100 American National Government AS.
  2. Admitted to a bachelor degree program at UVU.
Discipline Core Requirements: 21 Credits
Complete THREE of the following: 9
  POLS 1020 Political Ideologies (3)  
  POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations SS (3)  
  POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics SS (3)  
  POLS 230G Introduction to Political Theory GI (3)  
  POLS 3120 Political Parties (3)  
  POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration (3)  
Complete TWO of the following: 6
  POLS 3030 State and Local Government (3)  
  POLS 3150 US Presidency (3)  
  POLS 3200 US Congress (3)  
  POLS 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics (3)  
  CNST 4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism (3)  
  CNST 4790 US Constitution (3)  
Complete TWO of the following: 6
  POLS 3000 Political Analysis (3)  
  POLS 3100 Survey of International Terrorism (3)  
  POLS 3180 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3)  
  POLS 3400 American Foreign Policy (3)  
  POLS 3500 International Relations of the Middle East (3)  
  AIST 3600 American Indian Policy and Tribal Government (3)  
  POLS 3600 International Relations of East Asia WE (3)  
  POLS 3610 International Organization WE (3)  
  POLS 3680 International Political Economy (3)  
  POLS 4500 International Conflict and Security (3)  
  POLS 4610 International Law and (3)  
  POLS 480R Internship WE (1-4)  

 Graduation Requirements:

  1. Complete all political science courses with a grade of "C-" or better.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations SS 3
POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics SS 3
POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  Semester total: 9
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 3150 U.S. Presidency 3
POLS 3200 U.S. Congress 3
  Semester total: 6
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 3400 American Foreign Policy 3
POLS 3610 International Organizations WE 3
  Semester total: 6
  Degree total: 21


History and Political Science

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