Political Science- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Political Science, 218 Harrison Hall (513-529-2000).

This major is for liberal arts students interested in the study of politics and government. For this major, at least 15 of the required 34 major hours and at least nine of the required 18 related hours must be from Miami. Required political science and related hours may not be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. A GPA of at least 2.00 is required for political science courses as well as related hours.

Program Requirements

(at least 34 semester hours)

Political Science Courses (34 semester hours minimum)

Choose political science hours from the following major fields: political theory, comparative politics, American government, public administration, and international politics, with the following requirements:

Take this course first:

POL 241 American Political System (4)

Choose at least TWO of the following:

POL 201 Political Thinking (4)*

POL 221 Modern World Governments (4)*

POL 261 Public Administration (4)*

POL 271 World Politics (4)*

*Prerequisites for certain 300 and 400-level courses

Advanced courses:

In consultation with your faculty adviser, select at least 19 additional semester hours from other courses in political science at 300 level or above, with at least one course selected from two of the five major fields listed above. (Hours may include POL MP Capstone. You are not required to take a POL capstone, but you may take one.)

Additional courses:

Additional hours from POL courses at the 200-level and higher to complete the 34 hour requirement (100-level POL courses do NOT apply to the major).

Related Hours (18 required)

1) Take a total of 18 hours from cognate disciplines including:

AMS, ATH, BUS, COM, ECO, GEO, GTY, HST, JRN, PHL, PSY, REL, SOC or

AES 221, 222, 431, 432; BWS 151; ITS 201, 301, 302; LAS 207, 208, 415; NSC 202, 311 or 402; WGS 201,301, 401, 370E or BWS 370E.

2) At least 12 hours must be at the 200 level or higher.

3) A minimum 2.00 GPA in all related hours is required.

Important Note:

Students pursuing another major or minor in the department may not also pursue the Political Science major. However, students may double major in Diplomacy and Global Politics and Public Administration. Please note that because these two majors are in the same department, their completion will not satisfy the thematic sequence requirement of the Miami Plan.

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