B.S. Political Science

Common Courses (36 Credits)

Courses that are common to all concentrations may be applied to all. At least 120 hours are required for the degree.

General Education Requirements 1
Communication-010 2
ENGL 1301Composition I3
ENGL 1302Composition II3
Natural Sciences-030
Select six hours of Natural Sciences6
U.S. History-060
HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
Political Science-070
GOVT 2305Federal Government3
GOVT 2306Texas Government3
Social and Behavioral Sciences-080
HIST 2311Western Civilization I3
Required Courses in the Major
Select one of the following
POLI 3330Understanding Social Science Research3
or SOCI 4315 Social Science Statistics
Select one of the following
POLI 4340Political Ethics3
or POLI 4341 Freedom and Authority
POLI 4395Political Science Capstone3
Concentration Requirements (See Below)84
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Refer to General Education Requirements for more information.


Students in teacher certification preparation programs need to pass these courses with a "C" or better.

Concentration Requirements

Without Teacher Certification Preparation

Concentration General Education Requirements
Select three hours of Mathematics3
Select three hours of Humanities3
Visual and Performing Art-050
Select three hours of Visual and Performing Arts3
University Option-090
HIST 2312Western Civilization II3
Select one of the following
SPCH 1311Introduction to Speech Communication3
or SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication
Required Courses in the Concentration
Select one of the following
POLI 3302Elections and Political Parties3
or POLI 3303 Comparative State and Local Government
or POLI 3304 The Executive Branch
or POLI 3305 Legislation
or POLI 3307 Public Administration
or POLI 4301 Constitutional Law I
or POLI 4302 Constitutional Law II
or POLI 4380 Administration of Justice
Select one of the following
POLI 3301Political Economy of Globalization3
or POLI 3306 Political Economy
or POLI 3308 International Politics
or POLI 4305 Comparative Government and Politics
or POLI 4316 Conflict Studies
or POLI 4317 Peace Studies
Advanced Political Science Electives
Upper-level Political Science electives9
Additional Electives
Any level elective33
Upper-level Electives21
Total Semester Credit Hours84

With 7th-12th Grade Social Studies Teacher Certification Preparation

Program faculty advisement is required prior to enrolling in secondary teacher certification preparation courses.

Concentration General Education Requirements
MATH 1314College Algebra3
Sophomore English 33
Visual and Performing Art-050
Choose one of the following
MUSI 1310American Music3
or HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation
or DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theatre
University Option-090
HIST 2312Western Civilization II3
Sophomore English 33
Required Courses for the Concentration
HIST 3322History of Texas3
HIST 4382Historical Method3
Choose one of the following
GEOG 1300Principles of Geography3
or GEOG 1301 Physical Geography
or GEOG 1302 Human Geography
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
EDUC 3325Fundamentals of Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education3
EDUC 4340Technology Application and Integration for Classroom Teachers3
SPED 3361Survey Exceptional Learners3
Professional Development
Choose one of the following
PSYC 3303Educational Psychology3
or TECA 1354 Child Growth & Development
or PSYC 2308 Child Psychology
READ 3335Content Area Reading3
EDUC 3320Professional Development in Learner Centered Schools 53
EDUC 3330Professional Development II: Effective Instruction3
EDUC 4330Professional Development III3
EDUC 4335Issues in Professional Development3
EDUC 4691Clinical Teaching 46
Additional Course Requirements
SOCI 3303Race and Ethnic Relations3
Advanced Political Science Electives
Upper-level Political Science Electives15
Total Semester Credit Hours84

Courses must be completed with a “C” or better.


Course should be taken during the Spring semester.


A formal application for admission to the Teacher Education Program should be made by the student during course.

Admission Requirements to the Teacher Education Program include:

  • Complete the following courses with a C grade or better:

    • Twelve hours of English

    • College Algebra course

    • Education Psychology course

  • Complete 60 credit hours of overall coursework

  • Complete 15 hours of course work related to Field of Study with at least a C grade and 2.75 GPA

  • Meet Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) requirements

  • Complete professional interview and writing sample

  • Complete content screening instrument

For further information contact Educator Preparation services.

Course Information and Schedule 

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. 

See the courses offered this semester using the Online Course Schedule.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes 

  1. Understand the definitions, concepts, and theories of political science.

  2. Use electronic databases for research and software to conduct formal or statistical political analysis.

  3. Demonstrate appropriate style and grammar and develop the appropriate research skills.

  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in one of the major areas of political science: American politics, international/comparative politics, or political theory.