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, government, and public affairs. 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:

Required course:

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 300 and 400-level courses in those subfields

Advanced courses:

In consultation with your faculty adviser, select at least 19 additional semester hours including:

(1) 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.

(2) Political Science MP Capstone course (POL 419, 424, 439, 459, 466, 471, 487 or 489).

Additional courses:

Additional hours from POL courses at the 200-level and above 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, BLS, BWS. BUS, COM, ECO, GEO, GTY, HST, ISA, ITS, JRN, LAS, MGT, PHL, PSY, REL, SOC, WGS or AES 221, 222, 431, 432; ENG 432; NSC 202, 311 or 402; and other courses as approved by the Chief Departmental Adviser or Chair.

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.

Note about Double Majoring in the Department:

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.

CAS Writing Competency Requirement:

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: (1) Take at least one of the required 200-level courses in a "Writing" or "W" section; (2) Take at least one of the POL 300-level courses in a "W" section; (3) and complete one of the required POL Capstone courses (all of which meet the Writing requirement).

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