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Political Science - Public Law and Political Philosophy Emphasis, B.A.

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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: 36 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)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3)  
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 (fulfilled by completing any foreign language 202G/2020 course ) 4
  Fine Arts 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 18 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)  
Elective Requirements: 36 Credits
  Foreign Language Requirement: Complete 1010,1020, 2010, and 202G (one language) 12
  Any courses numbered 1000 or higher. (9 credit hours must be upper division (3000-4000 level courses)) 24
Emphasis Requirements: 30 Credits
  POLS 3250 Introduction to Law and Politics 3
Complete 15 credits from the followings courses: 15
  AIST 3590 American Indian Law (3)  
  AIST 3600 American Indian Policy and Tribal Government  (3)  
  CNST 2600 Comparative Constitutionalism (3)  
  CNST 3870 Constitutional History to Plessy 1896 (3)  
  CNST 3880 Constitutional History Since Plessy 1896 (3)  
  CNST  4720 Foundations of American Constitutionalism (3)  
  CNST  4730 Framing of the US Constitution (3)  
  CNST  4790 US Constitution (3)  
  CNST  4795 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3)  
  CNST  490R Issues and Topics in Constitutional Studies (3)  
  CNST  491R Independent Study (1)  
  PJST 4300 Race Gender and Class in Peace and Justice (3)  
  POLS  3480 Race in Politics (3)  
  POLS  4500 International Conflict and Security (3)  
  POLS 4610 International Law (3)  
  ECON 4500 US Economic Development and History (3)  
  Complete any 12 elective credits (at least 4 credits must be upper division, and at least 3 credits must be a POLS Writing Enriched course) 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 lower than a 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. Completion of 16 credit hours of coursework from one language to include 1010, 1020, 2010, and 202G/2020 levels or transferred equivalents.
  6. 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
American Institutions Choose from list 3
Social / Behavioral Sciences Choose from list 3
Fine Arts  Choose from list 3
Lower-Div. Elective    3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research 3
MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning  3
Lower-Div. Elective    3
HLTH / PES Personal Health & Wellness – Fitness for Life  2
POLS 1100 American National Government  3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics & Values  3
Biological Science  Choose from list 3
Physical Science  Choose from list  3
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 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
Lower-Div. Elective   3
Lower-Div. Elective    3
Lower-Div. Elective    3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Language 1010  Foreign Language  4
POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
AIST 3590 American Indian Law 3
POLS 3000 Political Analysis  3
Lower-Div. Elective    2
  Semester total: 15
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Language 1020 Foreign Language  4
POLS 3310 Introduction to Public Policy 3
AISYT 3600 American Indian Policy & Tribal Government  3
POLS Concentration Choose from list  3
POLS 3250  Introduction to Law & Politics  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Language 2010 Foreign Language  4
POLS Concentration Choose from list  3
POLS Concentration Choose from list 3
Upper division elective    3
Upper division elective    3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Language 202G / 2020 Foreign Language  4
POLS Concentration Choose from list  3
Upper-Div. Elective Choose from list  3
POLS 480R or POLS 4990 Internship WE or Senior Seminar WE 3
Upper-Div Elective 1
  Semester total: 14
Notes:  *CHAL/EXP credits do not count for 'G' requirement. If the Global/Intercultural requirement is not already completed, chose a course ending in 'G' for Electives. 
  Degree total: 120


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