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Political Science - World Politics Emphasis, B.S.

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: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences (3.0)  
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) 4
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
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: 39 Credits
  POLS 1010 Introduction to Political Science 3
  POLS 1020 Political Ideologies 3
  POLS 1100 American National Government 3
  POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
  POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
  POLS 3000 Political Analysis 3
  POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  POLS 4990 Senior Seminar (3.0)  
or POLS 480R Internship 3
Quantitative Requirement: Complete 15 credits from the following courses: 15
  MATH 1060 Trigonometry (3.0)  
  MATH 1210 Calculus I (5.0)  
  MATH 1220 Calculus II (5.0)  
  MATH 2040 Principles of Statistics (4.0)  
  ECON 2010 Microeconomics (3.0)  
  ECON 2020 Macroeconomics (3.0)  
  ECON 4150 Public Finance (3.0)  
Elective Requirements: 27 Credits
  Complete courses numbered 1000 or higher (at least 16 credits must be upper-division) 27
Emphasis Requirements: 18 Credits
Complete 18 credits from the following courses: 18
  POLS  1440 Introduction to Middle East Politics (3.0)  
  POLS  1800 Our Global Community (3.0)  
  POLS  3100 Survey of International Terrorism (3.0)  
  POLS  3400 American Foreign Policy (3.0)  
  POLS  3500 International Relations of the Middle East (3.0)  
  POLS  356G Comparative Politics of Central Asia (3.0)  
  POLS  3600 International Relations of East Asia (3.0)  
  POLS  3610 International Organization (3.0)  
  POLS  3680 International Political Economy (3.0)  
  POLS  420R Issues and Topics in Political Science (3.0)  
  POLS  4500 International Conflict and Security (3.0)  
  POLS  4610 International Law and Relations (3.0)  
  POLS  490R Independent Study (1.0)  
  HIST  205G Modern Latin America (3.0)  
  HIST  430G Violence and Social Conflict in Latin America (3.0)  

 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 intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
American Institutions 3
Fine Arts 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Lower-Div Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
Humanities 3
POLS 1010 Introduction to Political Science 3
POLS 1020 Political Ideologies 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics & Values 3
Biological Science Choose from list 3
HLTH/PES Personal Health & Wellness - Fitness for Life 2
POLS 1100 American National Government 3
POLS 2100 Introduction to International Relations 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science Choose from list 3
POLS 2200 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
Lower-Div Elective  3
Lower-Div Elective  3
Lower-Div Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
Biological/Physical Sci Choose from list 3
Quantitative Requirements 4
POLS Concentration Choose from concentration list. 3
Upper-Div Elective  3
POLS 3300 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirements 4
POLS 3000 Political Analysis 3
UD POLS Concentration Choose from  Upper Division on concentration list. 3
UD POLS Concentration Choose from  Upper Division on concentration list. 3
Upper-Div Elective  3
  Semester total: 16
Notes:  If the Global/Intercultural requirement is not already completed, chose a course ending in 'G' for Electives.
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirements 3
UD POLS Concentration Choose from  Upper Division on concentration list. 3
UD POLS Concentration Choose from  Upper Division on concentration list. 3
Upper-Div Elective  3
Upper-Div Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: If the Global/Intercultural requirement is not already completed, chose a course ending in 'G' for Electives.
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Quantitative Requirements 4
POLS 480R/4990 Internship or Senior Seminar 3
UD POLS Concentration Choose from  Upper Division on concentration list. 3
Upper-Div Elective   3
  Semester total: 13
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

Department

Name:

History & Political Science

Location:

LA 030

Telephone:

801-863-8487

Email:

Kimberlyw@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/hps

Chair:

David R. Connelly

 

 
 

Mission Statement

In keeping with the University's mission, the History and Political Science department is dedicated to providing students with a broad range of opportunities in general-education and discipline-specific courses. Our faculty members are committed to quality teaching, mentoring, and research. In an environment of discussion-based classroom experience and independent research opportunities, students develop analytical abilities, communication skills, and history and political science research methods. The History and Political Science department continually strives to provide a reflective, multicultural, and international perspective for students to actively engage in.

 
 

History & Political Science

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Faculty

Baktybek Abdrisaev(2007)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.S., Computer Science, Bishkek Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., Academy of Science Belarus.

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Lyn Bennett(1996)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, B.A., Anthropology, MSE Curriculum and Instruction, Ph.D., History, University of Kansas.

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Geoffrey Cockerham(2007)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Political Science, University of Illinois; M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona; J.D., Louisiana State University

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David Connelly(2008)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Department Chair, Department Chair



B.A., History, M.P.A., Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Public Administration, SUNY Albany.

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Jay Desart(2004)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Concordia College; M.A., Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Adam Eastman(2014)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Utah Vally State College; M.A., History, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., History, University of Oklahoma.

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Lynn England(2007)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., M.A., Philosophy, University of Utah; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pittsburg.

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F. Farnsworth Jr.(1972)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Asian Studies, M.A., International Administration, Brigham Young University; M.Phil., Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Utah.

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Michael Goode(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Business Administration, Goshen College; M.A., Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Rick Griffin(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Education, Leadership, and Foundations, J.D., University of Mississippi.

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JaNae Haas(1990)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., Latin, M.A., Ancient History, University of Utah; M.A., History of Science, University of Wisconsin.

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John Hunt(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



Ph.D., Early Modern Italian and European History, The Ohio State University; M.A., Medieval and Renaissance History, University of Cincinnati; B.A., History, Indiana University Southeast.

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Mark Lentz(2013)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History, Nebraska Wesleyan University; M.A.,Colonial Latin, Tulane University.

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Jenna Nigro(2014)

Lecturer

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History & French, Allegheny College; M.A. French Studies, New York University; Ph.D., History, University of Illinois.

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Hong Pang(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Chinese Commerce

Ph.D., Politics and International Relations, M.A., Economics, University of Southern California; B.A., International Politics, B.A., Economics, Peking University, P.R.China.

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Keith Snedegar(1993)

Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



A.B., History, University of Michigan; M.S., English/Latin, University of Edinburgh; D.Phil., Modern History, University of Oxford.

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David Wilson(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: History & Political Science
Faculty



B.A., History and Classical Antiquities, M.A., Classics, University of Kansas; Ph.D., U.S. History, Brigham Young University.

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Careers

Careers:  
Political science students develop a versatility of skills that prepare them for a wide range of future career paths. The career possibilities for a political science student include: government service and public administration at the federal, state, and local levels, policy analysis and lobbying for both nonprofit organizations and corporations, foreign service, campaign consulting, public opinion and marketing research, journalism, and secondary and postsecondary education. Political science is also the leading course of study for students preparing to enter law school.
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