Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Programs
World Politics

The Bachelor of Arts degree in World Politics is designed to educate students about governments and political systems of many different nations and the interactions among them. It will prepare students for careers in international affairs in the public, private, and non-profit spheres. The major allows students to study the regions of the world that most interest them but also provides broad coverage of international relations and comparative politics.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in World Politics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the  Undergraduate  Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in World Politics.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the World Politics major is met by completing Political Science 422.  That course is referenced in item 3. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
a. All of the following courses in the Department of Political Science (34 credits):
(1) All of the following courses (18 credits):
PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
PLS 160 Introduction to International Relations 3
PLS 200 Introduction to Political Science 4
PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
PLS 392 Special Topics in Political Science 4
(2) Four of the following courses (12 credits):
PLS 342 Comparative Political Economy 3
PLS 344 Politics of Developing Areas 3
PLS 345 Religion and World Politics 3
PLS 346 Middle East Politics 3
PLS 347 Democratic Regimes 3
PLS 351 African Politics 3
PLS 352 Latin American Politics 3
PLS 354 Politics of Asia 3
PLS 356 Politics of Europe and the European Union 3
PLS 357 Politics of English Speaking Democracies 3
PLS 358 Politics of the U.S.S.R. and Its Successor States 3
PLS 362 American Foreign Policy and National Security 3
PLS 363 International and Domestic Political Conflict 3
PLS 364 Politics of the United Nations and International Organizations 3
(3) The following course (4 credits):
PLS 422 Seminar in Political Science (W) 4