Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Geography

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Political Science Major:
BA Degree Requirements

Transfer students who wish to graduate from Eastern with a major in Political Science must complete at least 18 credits at Eastern applied to the Political Science Major. Each transfer student's program must be approved by the student's Political Science advisor.

All Political Science majors must maintain an overall 2.0 average in major courses and receive no more than two grades below 2.0.

Thirty hours of courses applied toward the major may not be used to satisfy any other university requirement. Hours applied to the major above 30 may also be used to satisfy requirements for a second major or minor. Section IVB of the GER is waived for majors. Six credits of political science courses can double count in the LAC and the Major.

Track One: Political Science
Required Courses:
Subjuct Course Title Credits
PSC 110 Introduction to American Government and Politics
PSC 140 Introduction to International Relations
PSC 201 Qualitative Research Methods
PSC 202 Quantitative Research Methods
PSC 208 Comparative Politics
PSC 210 PSC 210: Political Science Research Methods This course has been eliminated and replaced with a new set of requirements. Students will still have to take research methods. You will now have to complete two courses: PSC 201: Qualitative Research Methods and PSC 202: Quantitative Research Methods. Current students can count one course towards the research methods requirement and the other course will replace one of the 7 electives in the major (in any of the three categories of electives). Any student entering the department in Fall 2010 or later will have both PSC 201 and PSC 202 required, in addition to the 7 electives. 
Electives in U.S. Government and Politics (Choose 3 Courses Below):
PSC 200 State and Local Politics and Government
PSC 205 Public Administration
PSC 215 Political Parties and Elections
PSC 216 Interest Group Politics
PSC 227 (WST 227): Women and Politics
PSC 325 Politics and the Mass Media
PSC 326 (WST 326): Politics of Race, Class and Gender
PSC 330 The Presidency
PSC 335 Legislative Politics
PSC 339 Constitutional Law I: Powers and Processes
PSC 340 Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties
PSC 341 Judicial Process
PSC 350 Public Policy and Decision Making
PSC 351 Environmental Politics and Policy
PSC 353 Natural Resources Politics
PSC 480 Independent Study (When Topically Appropriate)
PSC 490 Municipal Government Internship
PSC 491 State Government Internship
PSC 492 Law Internship
PSC 493 National Government Internship
PSC 495 State/Local/Law Internships
Electives in Comparative Politics and International Relations (Choose 3 Courses Below):
PSC 230 Middle Eastern Politics
PSC 240 Latin American Politics
PSC 250 Asian Politics
PSC 270 Former Soviet Union
PSC 275 Media, Internet and Politics
PSC 305 (CAS 305): Comparative Public Administration
PSC 310 European Politics
PSC 311 International Development and Sustainability
PSC 320 American Foreign Policy
PSC 323 Democratization
PSC 352 Global Environmental Politics
PSC 355 Nuclear Threat and Peaceful Change
PSC 480 Independent Study (When Topically Appropriate)
PSC 494 International Internship
Electives in Methods and Political Theory (Choose 1 Course Below):
PSC 212 Political Science Statistics
PSC 220 Democratic Theory
PSC 225 Organizational Theory
PSC 314 (PHI 314) Modern Social and Politial Thought
PSC 315 American Political Thought
PSC 316 (PHI 316) Ancient Political Thought
PSC 370 (PHI 370) Human Rights: Natural and Civil
PSC 400 Political Inquiry (LAC Tier 3 Course)
PSC 480 Independent Study (When Topically Appropriate)
PSC 460: Seminar in Political Science
Internship or Study Abroad
All students must complete an internship or study abroad. That experience will be fit into the appropriate category and satisfy the requirement for one course in the category.
Track II: Political Science and Social Studies
This track is meant to facilitate students seeking certification to teach high school social studies. Student can only choose this option with the permission of the chair of the political science program.
Required Courses:
PSC 110 Introduction to American Government and Politics
PSC 140
or
208
Introduction to International Relations (PSC 140)
or
Comparative Politics (PSC 208)
PSC 201 Qualitative Research Methods
PSC 202 Quantitative Research Methods
PSC 210 PSC 210: Political Science Research Methods
This course has been eliminated and replaced with a new set of requirements. Students will still have to take research methods. You will now have to complete two courses: PSC 201: Qualitative Research Methods and PSC 202: Quantitative Research Methods. Current students can count one course towards the research methods requirement and the other course will replace one of the 7 electives in the major (in any of the three categories of electives). Any student entering the department in Fall 2010 or later will have both PSC 201 and PSC 202 required, in addition to the 7 electives. 
Electives in U.S. Government and Politics (Choose 2 Courses Below):
PSC 200 State and Local Politics and Government
PSC 205 Public Administration
PSC 215 Political Parties and Elections
PSC 216 Interest Group Politics
PSC 227 (WST 227): Women and Politics
PSC 325 Politics and the Mass Media
PSC 326 (WST 326): Politics of Race, Class and Gender
PSC 330 The Presidency
PSC 335 Legislative Politics
PSC 339 Constitutional Law I: Powers and Processes
PSC 340 Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties
PSC 341 Judicial Process
PSC 350 Public Policy and Decision Making
PSC 351 Environmental Politics and Policy
PSC 353 Natural Resources Politics
Electives in Comparative Politics and International Relations (Choose 1 Course Below):
PSC 230 Middle Eastern Politics
PSC 240 Latin American Politics
PSC 250 Asian Politics
PSC 270 Former Soviet Union
PSC 275 Media, Internet and Politics
PSC 305 (CAS 305): Comparative Public Administration
PSC 310 European Politics
PSC 311 International Development and Sustainability
PSC 320 American Foreign Policy
PSC 323 Democratization
PSC 352 Global Environmental Politics
PSC 355 Nuclear Threat and Peaceful Change
Electives in Methods and Political Theory (Choose 1 Course Below):
PSC 212 Political Science Statistics
PSC 220 Democratic Theory
PSC 225 Organizational Theory
PSC 314 (PHI 314) Modern Social and Politial Thought
PSC 315 American Political Thought
PSC 316 (PHI 316) Ancient Political Thought
PSC 400 Political Inquiry (LAC Tier 3 Course)
Electives in Social Studies Certification Courses (Choose 4 Courses Below):
ANT 106 Cultural Anthropology
ANT 221 Native Americans
or
ANT 337 Urban Anthropology
ECO 100 Political Economy of Social Issues
ECO 200 Macroeconomics
GEO 100 Introduction to Geography
HIS 120 Early American History
or
HIS 121 Recent American History
or
HIS 310 Great Issues: Survey in U.S. History
HIS 231 Western Civilization since 1500
PSY 100 General Psychology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
PSC 460: Seminar in Political Science
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