Political Science B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 37

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: Students pursuing a general political science degree must take a minimum of 37 credits of political science, including one 300-400 level course in four of the five major fields.

  • 21 of the 37 credits must be in upper-division courses.
  • No more than 7 credits of PSCI 492 and PSCI 498 combined may count toward the 37 required credits.
  • A maximum of 60 PSCI credits can count towards the Political Science Major. An internship is strongly recommended.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Required Lower Division Courses12
Upper Division Writing1
Required Upper Division Field Courses12
Public Administration
Political Theory
Comparative Government
International Relations
American Politics
Degree Electives12
Total Hours37

Required Lower Division Courses

Rule: Must complete all of the following courses:

PSCI 210SIntro to American Government3
PSCI 220SIntro to Comparative Govt3
PSCI 230XIntro to International Rel3
PSCI 250EIntro to Political Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper Division Writing

Rule: Must complete the following course

PSCI 400Adv Writing in Pol Science1
Total Hours1

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Upper Division Field Courses

Rule: Must complete 1 upper division course in 4 of the 5 fields:

Minimum Required Grade: C-

12 Total Credits Required

Public Administration and Public Policy

Select 3 credits from the following:3
State and Local Government
Exp Offering: Public Admin
Public Administration
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Health Care Policy
Environmental Health Policy
Administrative Law
Human Resource Management
Development Administration
Nonprofit Adm & Pub Svc
Adv Nonprofit Adm
Public Policy Cycle and the Climate
Ethics and Public Policy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Political Theory

Select 3 credits from the following:3
Exp Offering: Political Theory
American Political Thought
Contemp Issues in Pol Theory
Exp Offering: Political Theory
Utopianism and its Critics
Modern Political Theory
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Comparative Government

Select 3 credits from the following:3
Rev & Reform Modern China
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
Politics of Europe
Climate Policies: China & U.S.
Politics of Latin America
Politics of Africa
Politics of Mexico
Politics of China
Exp Offering: Comp Politics
State Formation
Politics of Social Movements
Chinese Polit & Soc Thought
Origins of Democracy and Authoritarianism
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

International Relations

Select 3 credits from the following:3
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
Global Environmental Pol.
International Security
American Foreign Policy
European Union
Model United Nations
Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations
Politics of Global Migration
International Law & Org
Development Administration
Politics of the World Economy
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

American Politics

Select 3 credits from the following:3
Exp Offering: American Govt
Political Parties and Election
Media, Public Opinion, Polling
State and Local Government
American Political System
US Multicultural Politics
American Political Thought
Pub Policy Issues and Analysis
Courts and Judicial Politics
Exp Offering: American Govt
Politics of Social Movements
Am Political Participation
Political Psychology
Public Policy Cycle and the Climate
American Constitutional Law
Civil Rights Seminar
Tribal Sovereignty
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Degree Electives

Rule: Must complete 12 additional elective credits from PSCI courses numbered 300 and above

Note: PSCI courses may only count toward one category of requirements.

Minimum Required Grade: C-

12 Total Credits Required


Teaching Government Track

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

To sign up for this option, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. Do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this option must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.  

Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication and are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Note: Students with a teaching major in political science must also complete a teaching major or minor in a second field. For the political science teaching major, students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching.

PSCI courses may only count toward one category of requirements.

Upper Division Core

Rule: Must complete the following course:

EDU 497Teaching and Assessing4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-