Requirements and Course Descriptions

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ACADEMIC DEGREE PLAN:  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (POLS)

The B.A. in Political Science from Concordia University Texas will prepare graduates to be professionally literate in the fields of law, politics, research, leadership and analytical reasoning.  In this degree, there is 44 hours of required coursework which includes political science, economics, and behavioral sciences courses, a thesis, scientific methods, and at least three semesters of practicum and/or service experience.

Competencies and Objectives: Consistent with the goals, mission, and objectives of Concordia University Texas and the College of Liberal Arts, this degree has four main competency areas that will be satisfied as the student matriculates through the degree program. The four competency areas are: political processes (p), analytical thinking and social empathy (a), Christian leadership and political craft (l), and research & writing (r). These competencies will be evaluated and assessed on a per-course basis with in a fashion that has been both vetted and approved by various institutional stakeholders

Required Supporting Coursework (6 Hrs.)

ECO 2301             Introduction to Macroeconomics 

SOC 2341             Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 

Required Political Science/Behavioral Science Classes [26] beyond the University Core Requirements: (letters parenthesis indicates which competency is addressed):   

SOC 2491             Research Methods & Scientific Writing in the Behavioral Sciences (r)

POLS 2331            Principles of Political Science (p)

POLS 2332            American Political Institutions & Processes (p)

COM 3304            Group Dynamics (l)

COM 3331            Organizational Communication (l)

POLS 3333           International Relations & Comparative Politics (p, a)

POLS 3334           Political Philosophies & Ideologies (a)

POLS 4335           Political Science Leadership Capstone* (l, r)

POLS 4136           Political Science Undergraduate Thesis* (r)

Three of the the following (Students must take at least two different types of courses) [3]: 

POLS 2115            Government Internship (p, l)

POLS 2116            Political Science Mock Practicum [1] (p, l)

POLS 2117            Community Service/Service Learning [1] (a, l)

XXX   3398           National/International Travel ** (a)  

Nine hours (3 Courses) from the following.  The substitution of one non-Political Science class is allowed with the consent of the Political Science director of major [9]:

POLS 2306            Texas State & Local Government (p, l)

POLS 2302            Introduction to Law (p, a)

POLS 2301            Public Policy (p, a)

POLS 3301            Environmental Policy (p, a)

POLS 3302            American Constitutional Law (p, a)

POLS 3003            Readings in Political Science** (l, a)

POLS 3304            Special Topics in Political Science (a, l)


* Requires POLS 1303, SOC 2341, and SOC 3491 and at least 12 hours of upper level POLS coursework.
**Can only be counted as a political science degree requirement once.
Students must complete all core requirements, political science course requirements, and have no less than 123 total hours to graduate with a B.A. in Political Science


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