The major in Political Science includes the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Public Administration emphasis, and the Pre-Law Emphasis. Scroll down for the requirements for each program.

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

 The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science reflects the goals of a well-rounded, humanistic education.  Cultural, historical, and foreign language components distinguish the Bachelor of Arts, as does its focus on knowledge of international and domestic political institutions and processes.  Accordingly, courses in international relations, comparative politics, international law and organizations, as well as in Western European and Latin American political systems constitute its core.  The Bachelor of Arts is particularly well suited for students who wish to prepare for graduate or law school, as well as for those attracted to careers in foreign policy analysis, foreign service, military service, intelligence analysis, or as a consultant for international business and industry.

Credit hours: 30

—This may include some courses taken to satisfy requirements for general education.—

Required Courses

Political Science (required core): 9 hours

  •  PO121 American National Government (3 hrs.)
  •  PO330 International Relations (3 hrs.)
  •  PO333 American Foreign Policy (3 hrs.)

Research Seminars (required): 6 hours

  •  PO500 Research in Political Science (3 hrs.)
  •  PO 501 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hrs.) 

Political Science (electives): 15 hours

  •  PO100 Introduction to Government & Politics (3 hrs.)
  •  PO335 International Law & Organization (3 hrs.)
  •  PO345 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hrs.)
  •  PO350 Public Administration (3 hrs.)
  •  PO405 Development of Political Thought (3 hrs.)
  •  PO407 Contemporary Political Ideas (3 hrs.)
  •  PO427 Government & Politics of Latin America (3 hrs.)
  •  PO499 Independent Study (1-3 hrs.)

Other electives may be used to fill the 15 hours, in consultation with a Political Science Advisor.

Competency in a foreign language is a requirement for all BA degrees at ESU.  This competency commonly entails 10 credits hours in one foreign language.

The course of study includes completion of General Education requirements and a minor or second program of study in another field.  Within the broad study, additional courses may be added in pursuit of a second major.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

 The Bachelor of Science focuses on knowledge and understanding of American political institutions, organizations, and processes.  Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science will gain from a disciplined study of legislative, executive, and judicial institutions at the national, state, and local levels.  The Bachelor of Science is appropriate for those considering careers as policy analysts, legislative staff or consultants, lobbyists, advisors to candidates and political parties, or interest group leaders and consultants. It also serves as excellent prepartion for graduate work in political science, public administration, policy analysis, and law school.

Credit hours: 54

—This may include some courses taken to satisfy requirements for general education.—

Required Courses

Political Science (required core): 15 hours

  • PO121 American National Government (3 hrs.)
  • PO322 State & Local Government (3 hrs.) 
  • PO350 Public Administration (3 hrs.)
  • PO405 Development of Political Thought (3 hrs.)
  • PO408 American Political Thought (3 hrs.)

Research Seminars (required): 6 hours

  • PO500 Research in Political Science (3 hrs.)
  • PO501 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hrs.)

 Study of institutions: select 9 hours

  • PO446 The American Legislature (3 hrs.)
  • PO447 The American Presidency (3 hrs.)
  • PO448 The American Judiciary (3 hrs.)
  • PO449 The American Bureaucracy (3 hrs.)

 Preferred Political Science electives: select 12 hours

  • One course in institutions (above) not used to satisfy that requirement, and 9 hours from the following:
  • PO351 Seminar in Public Administration (3 hrs.)
  • PO400 Seminar in Political Science (3 hrs.)
  • PO407 Contemporary Political Ideas (3 hrs.)
  • PO444 Constitutional Law I:  Governmental Institutions (3 hrs.)
  • PO445 Constitutional Law II:  Civil Liberties (3 hrs.)
  • PO455 Legislative Internship (5 hrs.)
  • PO480 Introduction to Law (3 hrs.)
  • PO499 Independent Study (3 hrs.)

Other Political Science electives: 6 hours

  • Any of the preferred electives (above) not already taken for credit.
  • PO330 International Relations (3 hrs.)
  • PO335 International Law & Organization (3 hrs.)
  • PO345 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hrs.)
  • PO425 Politics of Defvelping Areas (3 hrs.)
  • PO 426 Government & Politics of China (3 hrs.)
  • PO427 Government & Politics of Latin America (3 hrs.)

Other Electives: 6 hours

  • PI301 Ethics (3 hrs.), PI 302 Basic Logic (3 hrs.), SP222 Argumentation & Debate (3 hrs.), SO202 Social Problems (3 hrs.), SO320 Social Stratification (3 hrs.), SO370 Race & Ethnic Relations (3 hrs.)
       

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Credit hours: 45-47

—This may include courses taken to satisfy requirements for general education.—

The interdisciplinary Public Administration course of study consists of 45-47 required credits and elective credit hours. The program is formally termed a "Bachelor of Science, with a major in Political Science (Public Administration)." Students pursuing this major must meet all university graduation requirements, including the following minimum requirements.

   Core General Education Requirements: 46-49 credits
   Major in Political Science (Public Administration): 45-47 credits
   Electives to reach number of hours required to complete Bachelor of Science degree (120 minimum)

Required Courses

Required Political Science Core (21 - 23 hours):
PO 322 State & Local Government & Politics 3 hours
PO 323 Urban and Metropolitan Politics 3 hours
PO 350 Public Administration 3 hours
PO 351 Seminar in Public Administration 3 hours
PO 449 The American Bureaucracy 3 hours
PO 451 Practicum in Public Administration 3 - 5 hours
And one of the following:
PO 444 Constitutional Law I 3 hours
PO 445 Constitutional Law II 3 hours
PO 446 American Legislatures 3 hours
PO 447 The American Presidency 3 hours
PO 448 The American Judiciary 3 hours
Research Seminars (6 hours):
PO 500 Quantitative Research in Political Science 3 hours
PO 501 Qualitative Research Methods 3 hours
Philosophy (3 hours) selected from the following:
PI 301 Ethics 3 hours
PI 302 Basic Logic 3 hours
PI 315 Environmental Ethics 3 hours
Geography (3 hours) selected from the following:
GE 415 Urban Geography 3 hours
GE 456 Economic Geography 3 hours
GE 457 Political Geography 3 hours
Electives (12 hours): Select from any Political Science courses numbered 300 and above, in consultation with political science advisor. 
 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

PRE-LAW EMPHASIS

The interdisciplinary Pre-Law course of study consists of 45-47 required credits and elective credit hours. The program is formally termed a "Bachelor of Science, with a major in Political Science (Pre-Law)." Students pursuing this major must meet all university graduation requirements, including the following minimum requirements.

   Core General Education Requirements: 46-49 credits 
   Major in Political Science (Pre-Law): 45-47 credits 
   Electives to reach number of hours required to complete Bachelor of Science degree (120 minimum)

Pre-Law Courses (45 credit hours)

Required core courses. Select at least five courses from the following (14-15 credit hours).***
PO 410 Development of Political Thought (3 hours)
PO 444 Constitutional Law I (3 hours)
PO 445 Constitutional Law II (3 hours)
PO 448 American Judiciary (3 hours)
PO 480 Introduction to Law (2 hours)
SO 125 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)
SO 309 Law and the Legal System (3 hours)
SO 335 Criminal Court Process (3 hours)

Suggested electives. Select at least one class from each of the following groupings (9 credit hours)***

Political Science
PO 121 American National Government (3 hours)
PO 335 International Law and Organization (3 hours)
PO 350 Public Administration (3 hours)
PO 411 Contemporary Political Ideas (3 hours)
PO 412 American Political Ideas (3 hours)

Sociology
SO 310 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 hours) 
SO 370 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hours)
SO 403 Sociology of Corrections (3 hours)
SO 410 Domestic Violence (3 hours)
SO 418 Juvenile Delinquency (3 hours)
SO 420 Sociology of Divorce (3 hours)

Communications
SP 222 Argumentation and Debate (3 hours)
SP 306 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3 hours)
SP 322 Theories of Argument (3 hours)
SP 332 Theories of Persuasion (3 hours)
SP 500 Conflict Resolution (3 hours)

Business
AC 223 Financial Accounting (3 hours)
BU 353 Legal Environment of Business (3 hours)
BU 373 Law of Commerce (3 hours)
BU 550 Legal Environment of Internat’l. Business (3 hours)

***In consultation with the Pre-Law Advisor, students may be able to substitute other appropriate courses.