Political Science B.A. - American Politics

Bachelor of Arts - Political Science; American Politics Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 37

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

Notes: Students majoring in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics option 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.

Students can use the same 300/400 course to fulfill both an upper-division field requirement and the degree electives for the concentration, but they cannot double-count the course credits.

An internship is strongly recommended.

General Education Requirements

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

Summary

Lower-Division Required Courses

12

Upper-Division Required Courses

1

Degree Electives in American Politics

12

Required Upper-Division Field Courses

12

Public Administration and Public Policy

Political Theory

Comparative Government

International Relations

American Politics

Total Hours

37


Lower-Division Required Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

PSCI 210S

Intro to American Government

3

PSCI 220S

Intro to Comparative Government

3

PSCI 230X

Intro to International Relations

3

PSCI 250E

Intro to Political Theory

3

Total Hours

12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Required Courses

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

PSCI 400

Adv Writing in Pol Science

1

Total Hours

1

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Degree Electives in American Politics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete four of the following courses:

12

PSCI 335

American Foreign Policy

PSCI 340

Exp Offering: American Govt

PSCI 341

Political Parties and Election

PSCI 342

Media, Public Opinion, Polling

PSCI 344

State and Local Government

PSCI 345

American Political System

PSCI 348

US Multicultural Politics

PSCI 349

Montana Government and Politics

PSCI 352

American Political Thought

PSCI 365

Pub Policy Issues and Analysis

PSCI 370

Courts and Judicial Politics

PSCI 440

Exp Offering: American Govt

PSCI 443

Politics of Social Movements

PSCI 444

Am Political Participation

PSCI 445

Political Psychology

PSCI 448

Health Care Policy

PSCI 468

Public Policy Cycle

PSCI 471

American Constitutional Law

PSCI 474

Civil Rights

Total Hours

12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Required Upper-Division Field Courses

Rule: Complete one upper-division course in four of the five fields listed below -- 12 total credits required. Any field course can also be counted toward a Political Science concentration.

Note: PSCI 480 (Research Goals and Strategies) may apply to any of the following categories with the consent of the instructor.

Public Administration and Public Policy

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:

3

NPAD 466

Nonprofit Adm & Pub Svc

NPAD 467

Advanced Nonprofit Admin

PSCI 335

American Foreign Policy

PSCI 344

State and Local Government

PSCI 348

US Multicultural Politics

PSCI 360

Exp Offering: Public Admin

PSCI 361

Public Administration

PSCI 365

Pub Policy Issues and Analysis

PSCI 377

Issues in Global Health

PSCI 431

Politics of Global Migration

PSCI 448

Health Care Policy

PSCI 349

Montana Government and Politics

PSCI 460

Exp Offering: Public Admin

PSCI 461

Administrative Law

PSCI 462

Human Resource Management

PSCI 463

Development Administration

PSCI 468

Public Policy Cycle

PSCI 469

Ethics and Public Policy

PSCI 524

Management & Policy Skills (enrollment with consent of instructor)

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Political Theory

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:

3

PSCI 350

Exp Offering: Political Theory

PSCI 352

American Political Thought

PSCI 354

Contemp Issues in Pol Theory

PSCI 357

Ancient & Medieval Pol Phil

PSCI 450

Exp Offering: Political Theory

PSCI 452

Utopianism and its Critics

PSCI 453

Modern Political Theory

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Comparative Government

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:

3

NASX 475

Tribal Sovereignty

PSCI 311

Rev & Reform Modern China

PSCI 320

Exp Offering: Comp Politics

PSCI 322

Politics of Europe

PSCI 324

Climate Policies: China & U.S.

PSCI 325

Politics of Latin America

PSCI 326

Politics of Africa

PSCI 327

Politics of Mexico

PSCI 328

Politics of China

PSCI 377

Issues in Global Health

PSCI 381

State Formation

PSCI 420

Exp Offering: Comp Politics

PSCI 443

Politics of Social Movements

PSCI 456

Chinese Polit & Soc Thought

PSCI 481

Origins of Democracy and Authoritarianism

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

International Relations

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:

3

PSCI 330

Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations

PSCI 332

Global Environmental Pol.

PSCI 334

International Security

PSCI 335

American Foreign Policy

PSCI 336

European Union

PSCI 337

Model United Nations

PSCI 430

Exp Offering: Intrnt Relations

PSCI 431

Politics of Global Migration

PSCI 433

International Law & Org

PSCI 463

Development Administration

PSCI 482

Politics of the World Economy

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

American Politics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 3 credits from the following courses:

3

PSCI 335

American Foreign Policy

PSCI 340

Exp Offering: American Govt

PSCI 341

Political Parties and Election

PSCI 342

Media, Public Opinion, Polling

PSCI 344

State and Local Government

PSCI 345

American Political System

PSCI 348

US Multicultural Politics

PSCI 349

Montana Government and Politics

PSCI 352

American Political Thought

PSCI 365

Pub Policy Issues and Analysis

PSCI 370

Courts and Judicial Politics

PSCI 440

Exp Offering: American Govt

PSCI 443

Politics of Social Movements

PSCI 444

Am Political Participation

PSCI 445

Political Psychology

PSCI 448

Health Care Policy

PSCI 468

Public Policy Cycle

PSCI 471

American Constitutional Law

PSCI 474

Civil Rights

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-