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Political Science (B.A.)

Political Science involves the study of interesting and important topics about citizenship, government and politics. These topics include the influence of citizens on what government does, the scope, responsibilities and effectiveness of government itself, and the activities of both elected and appointed public officials. These topics are important parts of what political scientists know about American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, political institutions, and political theory. Political scientists and public administrators pay particular attention to the design, implementation, and evaluation of laws and public policies that may affect people's well-being.

The Political Science Program at The University of Texas at Dallas provides:

  1. the foundations for more advanced, graduate study of citizenship, government and politics in Political Science;
  2. the special core knowledge needed for subsequent professional education in law and public policy analysis;
  3. the opportunity to acquire useful skills for careers in federal, state, and local government, community l service, educational, and other nonprofit organizations, and business firms.

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Communication Elective (PSCI 3325)2

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (SOC 1301, CRIM 1301, ECON 2301, or ECON 2302)2

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

3 hours Mathematics (at or above level of College Algebra, recommended: MATH 1306 or 1314)

4 hours Quantitative Reasoning (SOCS 3405)2

E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
2 A Core Curriculum Requirement that also fulfills a Major Requirement. Hours are counted in the Core Curriculum.

II. Major Requirements: 55 hours

GOVT 2301 Constitutional Foundations and Political Behavior in the U.S. and Texas2

GOVT 2302 Political Institutions in the U.S. and Texas2

PSCI 3325 American Public Policy2

SOCS 3405 Introduction to Social Statistics with Lab2

One of: 2

CRIM 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice

or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

or ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics

or SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology

Major Core Courses (18 hours)

PSCI 3301 Political Theory

PSCI 3322 Constitutional Law

PSCI 3333 Political Behavior

PSCI 3362 American Political Institutions

PSCI 4329 Global Politics

One of the following:

CRIM 3301 Theories of Justice

PSCI 3303 Civil Liberties

PSCI 3326 Politics and Business

PSCI 3364 Campaigns and Elections

PSCI 4364 Civil Rights Law and Society

Major Core Concentration (9 hours)

Three courses from one of the following concentrations:

Theory Concentration

PSCI 3306 Political Economy

PSCI 3323 American Federalism

PSCI 4330 The Bible and Politics

PSCI 4354 Contemporary Political Thought

Law Concentration

PSCI 3303 Civil Liberties

PSCI 3351 Comparative Courts and Law

PSCI 3353 Law and Gender

PSCI 4341 Politics of the Judicial Process

PSCI 4345 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

PSCI 4357 Human Rights and the Rule of Law

PSCI 4364 Civil Rights Law and Society

PSCI 4365 Law and Medicine

American Politics Concentration

PSCI 3310 Public Administration

PSCI 3323 American Federalism

PSCI 3340 Film and Politics

PSCI 3364 Campaigns and Elections

PSCI 4311 The Political Economy of Modern Texas

PSCI 4326 Political Parties and Interest Groups

PSCI 4342 Legislative Decision Making

PSCI 4343 Congress and Public Policy

PSCI 4344 Race and Redistricting

PSCI 4349 The Politics of the Bureaucratic Process

PSCI 4364 Civil Rights Law and Society

PSCI 4368 Leadership

Global Politics Concentration

PSCI 3327 American Foreign Policy

PSCI 3328 International Relations

PSCI 3350 Comparative Politics

PSCI 3351 Comparative Courts and Law

PSCI 4331 Mexican Politics

PSCI 4332 Latin American Politics

PSCI 4346 War and Peace

PSCI 4347 The War on Drugs

PSCI 4348 Terrorism

PSCI 4356 International Political Economy

PSCI 4357 Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Public Policy Concentration

PSCI 3326 Politics and Business

PSCI 3327 American Foreign Policy

PSCI 3353 Law and Gender

PSCI 3364 Campaigns and Elections

PSCI 4326 Political Parties and Interest Groups

PSCI 4343 Congress and Public Policy

PSCI 4347 The War on Drugs

PSCI 4349 The Politics of the Bureaucratic Process

Major Related Courses (27 hours)

27 hours Major and Related electives3

3 Most students take upper-division PSCI courses. However, subject to advisor approval, courses from other disciplines may be used to satisfy this requirement.

III. Elective Requirements: 23 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

All students are required to take at least six hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.

Free Electives (17 hours

This requirement may be satisfied with lower- and upper-division courses from any field of study. Students must
complete at least 51 hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.

Minor in Political Science (18 hours)

For a minor in Political Science, students must take GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302. In addition students must take four upper-division courses with a PSCI prefix with the exception of PSCI 4V97, PSCI 4V98, and PSCI  4V99.