Undergraduate Degree - World Politics

World Politics
Program Code:
7703 World Politics
Program Level:
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
Department of Political Science
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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 (33 credits):
        (1) All of the following courses (10 credits):
               PLS  140 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
               PLS  160 Introduction to International Relations 3
               PLS  200 Introduction to Political Science 4
        (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
               PLS  201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis  4
               PLS  202 Introduction to Data Analytics and the Social Sciences  3
         (3) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
               PLS  392 Special Topics in Political Science  3 or 4
               PLS  397 Analyzing and Visualizing Data in Politics  3
         (4) Complete a minimum of 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 ad National Security 3
    PLS  363 International and Domestic Political Conflict 3
              PLS  364 Politics of the United Nationals and International Organizations 3
         (5) One of the following courses (4 credits):
               PLS  422 Seminar in Political Science (W)  4
               PLS  481 Undergraduate Research Seminar  4