The Department of Political Science requirements for the major apply
to both Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees.
In addition to the University's requirements for graduation, the major
in Political Science includes at least 30 semester hours in Political
Science coursework with a grade of C- or better in each course. These
30 hours must include at least:
Political Science majors must have a minor or a second major and must
meet the requirements stipulated by that department. Public Administration
is not allowable as a minor because those classes can count as part
of the political science major.
POS 3713: RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
The majority of political scientists have adopted a method for studying
political questions that differs from the approach taken by journalists,
historians, and political commentators. They have adopted the scientific
method, used in other disciplines such as biology, physics, chemistry
and medical research. This means that political scientists, as well
as other social scientists, use data - quantifiable facts and figures
-- to systematically test explanations of political phenomena. Much
of the research in political science uses statistical tests to determine
which explanations are best supported by the data.
In order to assist political science majors in understanding and evaluating
social science research, the Department has designed this course to
acquaint students with how the scientific method is applied to the social
sciences; how social science research is designed; how data is collected;
and how presentations of research findings are interpreted. This course
seeks to develop basic analytic skills that students can apply in a
variety of career settings.
This course should be taken as early as possible since it helps students
understand the reading materials in their upper-level classes; to research
topics for term papers; to participate in the internship program; and
to design an honors thesis.
Students are encouraged to supplement their education with a minor
in Political Science. The requirements include:
Any PAD course except their internship can be counted toward the minor.
From the Department of Philosophy, only PHM3331 and PHM4340 can be counted.
The political science internship (POS4941) cannot be counted toward the minor.