Students must complete at least 15 courses totaling at least 48 credits.*  Ten of these courses are specified below.  The remaining courses and credits can consist of any Politics course.  With the approval of your advisors, one of these remaining courses can be from a different department if that course has a clear connection to Politics.  No more than six credits of internships and no more than six credits of Mock Trial can be included in your POE.  A total of 18 credits must be at the 300-level or above.  The same course cannot be used to satisfy more than one POE requirement. 
*Note: The previous politics POE required a minimum of 17 courses and 54 credits.

Required Politics Core (15 Credits)
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
PS 101 Introduction to American Government
4
 
S
 
PS 102 Introduction to Int'l Politics
4
 
SI
 
PS 222 Western Political Thought
4
PS 101, PS 102
HI
 
PS 499
or
PS 497 & PS 498
Senior Seminar¹

Honors Research I and II
3

6
PS 101, PS 102, PS 222 & senior standing
S
 
American Politics Elective (3 or 4 Credits)

Take on of the following courses:

  • PS-101 Introduction to American Government
  • PS 125  Citizenship
  • PS-206  The Culture War
  • PS-208  Policy & Community
  • PS-218  Public Policy & Administration
  • PS-313  Congress and Presidency
  • PS-318  Campaigns & Elections
  • PS-330  Topics in Public Policy
  • PS-389  TWC: Washington Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-199  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-299  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-399  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
International Politics Elective (3 or 4 Credits)

Take on of the following courses:

  • PS-241  European Politics
  • PS-243  U.S. Foreign Policy
  • PS-249 & PS 250  Senegambia I & II
  • PS-334  Human Rights
  • PS-335  Law of Nations
  • PS-340  Topics in International Politics
  • PS-346  African Politics
  • PS-389  TWC: Washington Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-199  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-299  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-399  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
Political Philosophy or Jurisprudence Elective  (3 or 4 credits)

Take on of the following courses:

  • PS-221  American Political Thought
  • PS-209  Sexual Politics
  • PS-222  Western Political Thought
  • PS-305  Politics in Film
  • PS-311  Constitutional Interpretation: Powers of Government
  • PS-312  Constitutional Interpretation: Civil Rights
  • PS-320  TPJ: Political Philosophy/Jurisprudence
  • PS-389  TWC: Washington Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-199  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-299  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
  • PS-399  Special Topics (Depending on the specific topic)
Comparative Societies and Culture Elective (3 or 4 credits)

Take on of the following courses:

  • PS-241  European Politics
  • PS-249 & PS 250  Senegambia I & II
  • PS-346  African Politics
  • IS 200  Pol & Cultures of Modernization
  • Any short-term or long-term study abroad course
  • Other courses from departments such as History, PACS, Religion, or World Languages can be considered as Comparative Societies and Cultures courses upon approval
Interpreting Data Elective  (3 or 4 credits)

Take on of the following courses:

  • DS-110  Intro to Data Science (3 Credits)
  • EB-210  Quantitative Bus Anlys
  • EB-211  Business Statistics (3 Credits)
  • ESS-230  Environmetrics (3 Credits)
  • MA-205  Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
  • MA-220  Intr.Probability & Stats.
  • MA-321  Multivariate Statistics
  • PY-360   Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology I
  • SW-214  Integ Res Methods & Stats I (3 Credits)
Economics Elective (3 credits)

Take on of the following courses:

  • EB-105 International Economic Issues
  • EB-222 Prin of Macroecon
  • EB-223 Prin of Microecon
  • ESS 305 Environmental Economics