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Political Science - Public Administration and Public Policy Emphasis, B.S.

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Requirements

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: 120

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing 3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Context (5)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3) (recommended)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6) (recommended)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4) (recommended for business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities 3
  Fine Arts 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 30 Credits
  POLS 1100 American National Government 3
  POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
  POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
  POLS 230G Introduction to Political Theory 3
  POLS 3000 Political Analysis 3
  POLS 4990 Senior Seminar WE (3)  
or POLS 480R Internship WE 3
or PJST 4900 Peace and Justice Studies Capstone (3)  
Quantitative Requirement  
  POLS 3010 Political Analysis II 3
Complete 9 credits from the following courses: 9
  POLS 3020 Public Program Analysis (3)  
  POLS 3040 Survey Research and Design Methods (3)  
  POLS 3050 Experimental Methods in Political Science (3)  
  POLS 3060 Qualitative Analysis (3)  
  POLS 3070 Policy Analysis (3)  
Elective Requirements: 25 Credits
  Any courses numbered 1000 or higher. (3 credit hours must be upper division (3000-4000 level courses)) 25
Emphasis Requirements: 30 Credits
  POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  POLS 3310 Introduction to Public Policy WE 3
Complete 12 credits from the followings courses: 12
  AIST 3590 American Indian Law (3)  
  AIST 3600 American Indian Policy and Tribal Government (3)  
  ECON 2010 Principles of Economics I (3)  
  ECON 2020 Principles of Economics II (3)  
  ECON 4150 Public Finance (3)  
  HR 3430 Introduction to Human Resource Management (3)  
  POLS 3020 Public Program Analysis (3)  
  POLS 3030 State and Local Government (3)  
  POLS 3040 Survey Research and Design Methods (3)  
  POLS 3070 Policy Analysis (3)  
  POLS 3320 Nonprofits and The Public Sector (3)  
  POLS 3340 Public Innovation (3)  
  POLS 3370 Leading Cities (3)  
  POLS 3380 Local Economic Development (3)  
  POLS 3390 Urban Planning (3)  
  POLS 420R Issues and Topics in Political Science (3)  
  POLS 4250 Public Health Organization and Policy WE (3)  
  POLS 490R Independent Study (1)  
  Complete any 12 elective credits (at least 4 credits must be upper division) 12

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 or more semester credits, 40 credits must be upper-division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above, with no POLS course grade below C-.
  3. Residency hours: minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

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.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or   Literacies and Composition Across Context  3
POLS 1100 American National Government 3
HLTH/PES Personal Health & Wellness - Fitness for Life 2
Fine Arts Choose from list 3
Lower-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
Lower-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
  Semester total: 17
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
MAT 1030
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Humanities  Choose from list 3
American Institutions Choose from list 3
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics & Values 3
Biological Science Choose from list 3
Physical Science Choose from list 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Choose from list 3
POLS 230G Introduction to Political Theory 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
Biological / Physical Science Choose from list 3
POLS 3310 Introduction to Public Policy WE 3
Lower-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
Lower-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Upper-division elective Choose from list 3
POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
Upper-Div Elective  Choose from list 3
POLS 3000 Political Analysis 3
Lower-Div. Elective Choose from list 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirements Choose from list 3
POLS 3010 Political Analysis 3
POLS Concentration Choose from list 3
POLS Concentration Choose from list 3
Lower-Div. Elective Choose from list 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirements Choose from list 3
POLS Concentration Choose from list 3
POLS Concentration Choose from list 3
POLS Concentration Choose from list 3
Upper-division elective Choose from list 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirements Choose from list 3
POLS 480R/4990 Internship WE or Senior Seminar WE 3
POLS Concentration Choose from concentration list. 3
Lower-Div Elective  Choose from list 4
  Semester total: 13
  Degree total: 120

Department

History and Political Science

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History and Political Science department

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