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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Political Science

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Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Political Science Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

Political Science Required Distribution of Electives. Majors must complete an elective course from at least 2 different subfields below. *These courses (listed in 2 fields) will count for completion of only one field requirement.

  • Political Philosophy & Empirical Theory. Satisfied by one of the following:

POLS 501 Contemporary Political Thought (3)
POLS 502 History of Political Thought (3)
POLS 503 Politics in Literature (3)
POLS 504 Millenarian Movements (3)
POLS 600 Contemporary Feminist Political Theory
POLS 601 Political Ideologies (3)
POLS 602 American Political Ideas (3)
POLS 603 Democratic Theory (3)
POLS 604 Religion and Political Theory (3)
POLS 605 A Study of Political Thought in Antiquity (3)
POLS 607 Modern Political Theory (3)
POLS 608 Social Choice and Game Theory (3)
POLS 609 Topics in Political Theory: _____ (3) POLS 626 Introduction to Survey Research (3)
POLS 627 Advanced Issues in Survey Research (3) POLS 644 Justice and Public Policy in Democratic Societies (3)
*POLS 680 International Relations in Political Philosophy (3)

  • U.S. Political Institutions & Processes. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

POLS 511 The Judicial Process (3)
POLS 512 Latino Politics (3)
POLS 515 American Political Parties (3)
POLS 516 Public Opinion and American Democracy (3)
POLS 520 Political Communication (3)
POLS 521 Rhetoric, Politics and the Mass Media (3)
POLS 566 Social Welfare, Taxation, and the Citizen (3)*
POLS 610 Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers (3)
POLS 611 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (3)
POLS 612 Psychology in Politics (3)*
POLS 613 Comparative U.S. State Politics (3)
POLS 614 Urban Politics (3)
POLS 615 Campaigns and Elections (3)
POLS 616 Interest Group Politics (3)
POLS 617 The Congress (3)
POLS 618 The Presidency (3)
POLS 619 Topics in American Politics: ______ (1-3)
POLS 620 Formulation of Public Policy (3)*
POLS 630 Politics of Identity (3)
POLS 645 Corruption, Crisis and Scandal (3)
POLS 667 Islam and Politics (3)

  • Public Policy & Public Administration. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

POLS 528 Environmental Justice and Public Policy (3)
POLS 566 Social Welfare, Taxation, and the Citizen (3)*
POLS 620 Formulation of Public Policy (3)*
POLS 621 Public Policy Analysis (3)
POLS 622 Government and the Economy (3)POLS 623 The Politics of Social Policy (3)
POLS 624 Environmental Politics and Policy (3) POLS 625 Extremist Groups and Government Response (3)
POLS 628 The Politics of Public Health (3)
POLS 629 Topics in Public Policy: __________ (1-3)
POLS 634 Bureaucratic Politics (3)
POLS 640 Politics of Reproductive Policy (3)

  • Foreign Governments & Comparative Politics. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

POLS 553 Comparative Environmental Politics (3)
POLS 561 Liberation in Southern Africa (3)
POLS 562 Women and Politics (3)
POLS 563 Comparative Political Economy (3)
POLS 564 Elections and Political Parties Around the World (3)
POLS 565 Political Change in Asia (3)
POLS 600 Contemporary Feminist Political Theory (3)*
POLS 644 Justice and Public Policy in Democratic Societies (3)*
POLS 650 Palestinians and Israelis (3)
POLS 651 Women and Politics in Latin America (3)
POLS 652 Politics in Europe (3)
POLS 653 Gender, War, and Peace (3)
POLS 654 Politics and Government of Russia and the Central Eurasian States (3)
POLS 655 Politics of East-Central Europe (3)
POLS 656 Governments and Politics of East Asia (3)
POLS 657 Government and Politics of Southeast Asia (3)
POLS 658 Theories of Politics in Latin America (3)
POLS 659 Political Dynamics of Latin America (3)
POLS 660 The Politics and Problems of Developing Countries (3)*
POLS 661 Politics of the Middle East (3)*
POLS 663 Protest and Revolution (3)
POLS 664 Middle East Politics, Honors (3)
POLS 665 Politics in Africa (3)
POLS 666 Political Economy of East Asia (3)
POLS 667 Islam and Politics (3)
POLS 668 Reform in Contemporary China (3)
POLS 669 Topics in Comparative Politics: _____ (2-3)

  • International Relations. Satisfied by 1 of the following:

POLS 612 Psychology in Politics (3)
POLS 661 Politics of the Middle East (3)
POLS 670 United States Foreign Policy (3)
POLS 671 International Cooperation (3)
POLS 672 International Political Economy (3)
POLS 673 International Organization (3)
POLS 674 International Ethics (3)
POLS 675 Russian Foreign Policy (3)
POLS 676 International Relations of Asia (3)
POLS 677 U.S. National Security Policy (3)*
POLS 678 Chinese Foreign Policy (3)
POLS 679 International Conflict (3)
POLS 680 International Relations in Political Philosophy (3)*
POLS 681 Comparative Foreign Policy (3)
POLS 683 International Mediation, Honors (3)
POLS 684 International Law: The State and the Individual (3)
POLS 685 International Law: Laws of Armed Conflicts (3)
POLS 689 Topics in International Relations: (2-3)

  • Political Science Required Electives. Majors must complete 6 elective courses (18 hours) from the subfields noted in the Distribution of Electives requirement (immediately above).
  • Capstone Experience. Recommended for majors but not required: POLS 493, POLS 494, POLS 495, POLS 496, POLS 497, or POLS 498.

Honors Experience

Recommended for students with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in Political Science coursework and 3.25 overall. These averages must be achieved before the final semester.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 33 hours of major courses. A student may count no more than 6 hours toward the major from the following courses combined: POLS 493, POLS 494, POLS 495, POLS 496, POLS 497, or POLS 498.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours from courses 300+ in the major, of which 15 hours must be courses (400+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for political science.

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