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Political Science


Stefan M. Brooks, PhD, Program Coordinator
J. L. Turner Leadership Center, Room 108A
(270) 384-8183

Mission Statement

The Political Science program will enable students to understand the philosophy of structure of the United States Constitution and Government with particular emphasis on how it protects liberty and deters tyranny.

The Political Science program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in the legal profession and/or government (as politicians, political advisors, staff members, bureaucrats, etc.).  The program is also appropriate for those planning on attending graduate school in political science.

Graduation Requirements

Depending upon the general education program pursued, students must earn either 120 or 128 credit hours to meet graduation requirements.  Some courses taken for the minor may simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor's degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education programs.

Students should note that the minor contributes between 9 and 12 hours toward the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level course work.

Program Requirements:  21 hours

In addition to the appropriate general education program and a major, students must complete the minor's core requirements and select program electives as indicated.

A.  Core Requirements:  15 hours

  • United States Government (POSC 1003) -- 3 hours
  • Survey of Modern & Contemporary Political Thought (POSC 2103) -- 3 hours
  • U.S. Constitutional Law (CRJS 3213) -- 3 hours
  • World Civilization II: 1500 to Present (HIST 2243) -- 3 hours
  • U.S. Legislatures (POSC 3103) -- 3 hours

B.  Program Electives (select from the following):  6 hours

  • Political Parties, Interest Groups & Mass Movements (POSC 3303) -- 3 hours
  • Survey of Classical Political Thought (POSC 3203) -- 3 hours
  • American Political Thought (POSC 4103) -- 3 hours
  • Any Special Topics courses offered in political science or other course meeting the Program Coordinator's approval.



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