Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science (BA)

Hours Required

A minimum of 120 semester credit hours (SCH): 45 hours must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements as specified in the "Requirements for Graduation" section of this catalog.

Requirements

University Core Curriculum
Select 42 SCH as outlined in the suggested plans and as specified in the "Requirements for Graduation"42
Math Elective
Select 3 SCH from any math course above the level of College Algebra. (MATH 1342, Introductory Statistics, strongly recommended)3
Life & Physical Science Lab
Select 1 SCH compatible with a Life & Physical Science course1
Foreign Language
Select 6 SCH in course work (not credit by exam) above the university’s foreign language graduation requirement. Thus, students who meet the university’s foreign language graduation requirement by earning 6 hours of credit by exam, may take 6 SCH in the same language but at the intermediate level or above, or they may take 6 SCH of another foreign language at the introductory level. This requirement may also be met by earning 6 SCH in any subject while participating in a TAMIU-approved Study Abroad program while living for at least 4 weeks in another country. 6
Major
PSCI 2301Intro to Political Leadership3
PSCI 3301/CRIJ 3305/SOCI 3305Research Methods in Social Sci3
PSCI 3313Class&Med Political Phil3
PSCI 3314Modern Political Philosophy3
PSCI 4311The Constitution and Civil Lib3
PSCI 4351Senior Seminar in PSCI3
American Politics
Select 3 SCH from the following:3
Congress and the Presidency
Constitution and Crim Pro Law
Constitution and Govt Powers
The Political System of U.S
Comparative Politics
PSCI 3305Govt & Politics of Europe3
or PSCI 3310 Studies in Comp Politics
International Relations
PSCI 4335International Politics3
or PSCI 4340 American Foreign Policy
Comparative/International Politics
Select 3 SCH from the following, this requirement may also be met by the "second" or unused course in the Comparative Politics or International Relations required course sequence3
Latin American Pol Systems
International Law & Org
The Interamerican System
Mexican Politics & Government
Special Stud in Political Sci (when the topic is comparative or international)
Select 6 SCH at the 3000-4000 level (or higher for BA/MA students) not used for any other requirement6
Minor
Select a minimum of 18 SCH from one discipline at least twelve of which must be at the 3000-4000 level. See Appendix C. Instead of a minor, students may complete 18 SCH of electives, 12 SCH of which must be at the 3000-4000 level, from any discipline, except the major field, outside the College of Nursing and Health Sciences18
General Electives
Select 14 SCH, at least 9 of which must be at the 3000-4000 level. Students who do not elect to have a minor curriculum may use up to 9 hours of the resulting general electives in their major curriculum14
Total Semester Credit Hours120
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BA/MA Option: See Combined BA/MA Programs in this section

Following is a suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their advisor each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment; responsible for reviewing the Program of Study Requirements; responsible for meeting all course prerequisites; and must meet foreign language and writing intensive course requirements for graduation. See Academic Regulations-Undergraduate online.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
GEOG 1303 General World Geography 3
HIST 1301 The US to 1877 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
UNIV 1101 Learn a Global Context I 1
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
HIST 1302 The US Since 1877 3
MATH - Math Elective 3
UNIV 1402 Signature Course 4
Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
PSCI 2305 American National Government 3
Creative Arts 3
Foreign Language/Study Abroad 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 3
Life & Physical Science 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PSCI 2301 Intro to Political Leadership 3
PSCI 2306 American State Government 3
Foreign Language/Study Abroad 3
Minor/General Elective 3
Life & Physical Science 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Junior
Fall
PSCI 3301 Research Methods in Social Sci 3
PSCI 3313 Class&Med Political Phil 3
PSCI - American Politics 3
General Elective 2
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
PSCI 3314 Modern Political Philosophy 3
PSCI - International Relations 3
PSCI - Advanced PSCI Elec 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
Advanced General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Senior
Fall
PSCI 4311 The Constitution and Civil Lib 3
PSCI - Comparative Politics 3
PSCI - Comp/Intl PSCI Elective 3
Advanced General Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
PSCI 4351 Senior Seminar in PSCI 3
PSCI - Advanced PSCI Elective 3
Advanced Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120
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See information on the combined BA/MA in Political Science.

Students who do not elect to have a minor curriculum may use up to 9 hours of their available electives in additional courses in their major curriculum.

 

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.

Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.