Political Science B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
Political Science
College of Sciences
http://www.politicalscience.cos.ucf.edu/

The Department of Political Science seeks to(1) provide a broad background for careers in foreign and domestic public service and in the private sector where a knowledge of government and politics is necessary; (2) provide a broad background for and facilitate admission to law school through the prelaw emphasis; (3) prepare students for teaching, research, and graduate study in Political Science; (4) provide a broad background for careers in politics; and (5) educate citizens and promote their active interest in public affairs. Students should plan their major or minor in consultation with their departmental advisor according to their interests and career objectives.

Degree Requirements

Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.  Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major without prior departmental approval.  Students should consult with a departmental advisor.  Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 21 semester hours of regularly scheduled courses taken from the UCF Department of Political Science. Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

Core Requirements: Basic Level (3 hrs)

  • POS 2041 American National Government

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (3 hrs)

  • POS 3703 Scope and Methods of Political Science

Restricted Electives (30 hrs)
Choose one of the following tracks.

Track 1: American Politics and Policy
Five courses from Area A 15 hrs
Two courses from Area B 6 hrs
Two courses from Area C 6 hrs
One additional course from any Area 3 hrs

Track 2: International Relations-Comparative Politics
No more than two of the following courses may be considered part of area B credit
INR 4401 International Law I or 3 hrs
INR 4351 International Environmental Law or 3 hrs
INR 4404 Space Law 3 hrs
Two courses from Area A 6 hrs
Five courses from Area B 15 hrs
Two courses from Area C 6 hrs
One additional course from any Area 3 hrs

Areas of Specialization

 A.    American Politics and Policy Area
POS 3076 American Indian Politics or 3 hrs
POS 3122 State Government and Public Policy or 3 hrs
POS 3173 Southern Politics or 3 hrs
POS 3182 Florida Politics or 3 hrs
POS 3233 Public Opinion or 3 hrs
POS 3234 Protest in American Politics
POS 3235 Mass Media and Politics or 3 hrs
POS 3258 Politics in Film or 3 hrs
POS 3273 Voting and Elections or 3 hrs
POS 3413 The American Presidency or 3 hrs
POS 3424 Congress and the Legislative Process or 3 hrs
POS 3443 Political Parties and Processes or 3 hrs
POS 3463 Interest Groups or 3 hrs
POS 3627 Cultural Pluralism and Law or 3 hrs
POS 4074 Latino Politics or 3 hrs
POS 4142 Metropolitan Politics or 3 hrs
POS 4204 Political Behavior or 3 hrs
POS 4030 The Politics of Sport or 3 hrs
POS 4284 Judicial Process and Politics or 3 hrs
POS 4412 Presidential Campaigning or 3 hrs
POS 4603 American Constitutional Law or 3 hrs
POS 4604 American Constitutional Law II or 3 hrs
POS 4622 Politics and Civil Rights or 3 hrs
PUP 3203 Environmental Politics or 3 hrs
PUP 3314 Minorities in American Politics or 3 hrs
PUP 3325 Women and Political Behavior or 3 hrs
PUP 4003 American Public Policy or 3 hrs
PUP 3204 Sustainability or 3 hrs
PUP 4209 Urban Environmental Policy or 3 hrs
PUP 4323 Women and Public Policy or 3 hrs
PUP 4404 Education and Politics or 3 hrs
PUP 4503 Government and Science or 3 hrs
PUP 4510 Space Policy or 3 hrs
PUP 4602 Politics of Health or 3 hrs
PUP 4744 Government and Business or 3 hrs
PUP 4931 Topics in Public Policy 3 hrs

B. International Relations and Comparative Government Area

CPO 3034 Politics of Developing Areas or 3 hrs
CPO 3103 Comparative Politics or 3 hrs
CPO 3104 Politics of Western Europe or 3 hrs
CPO 3132 Canadian Studies or 3 hrs
CPO 3403 Politics of the Middle East or 3 hrs
CPO 3614 Politics of Eastern Europe or 3 hrs
CPO 4062 Comparative Judicial Process or 3 hrs
CPO 4074 Political Economy or 3 hrs
CPO 4101 Politics of the European Union or 3 hrs
CPO 4123 Government and Politics of Great Britain or 3 hrs
CPO 4303 Comparative Latin American Politics or 3 hrs
CPO 4445 Comparative Political Parties or 3 hrs
CPO 4514 Politics of East Asia or 3 hrs
CPO 4541 Chinese Politics or 3 hrs
CPO 4553 Politics of Japan or 3 hrs
CPO 4643 Government and Politics of Russia or 3 hrs
CPO 4710 Women in Comparative Politics or 3 hrs
CPO 4754 Comparative and Political Institutions or 3 hrs
CPO 4784 Political and Economic Inequality in Comparative Perspective or 3 hrs
CPO 4794 Indigenous Politics and the Environment or 3 hrs
GEO 3471 World Political Geography or 3 hrs
IDS 4315 Global Perspectives or 3 hrs

INR 2002 International Relations-Theory and Practice 3 hrs
or
INR 3016 Global Political Issues or 3 hrs

INR 3250 Politics of Pan-Africanism or 3 hrs
INR 3253 International Politics of Africa or 3 hrs
INR 4011 Politics of Globalization or 3 hrs
INR 4030 Diplomacy or 3 hrs
INR 4035 International Political Economy or 3 hrs
INR 4054 Global Politics of Energy or 3 hrs
INR 4060 Causes of War or 3 hrs
INR 4074 Immigration Policy or 3 hrs
INR 4075 Human Rights Policy or 3 hrs
INR 4076 Global Drug Policy or 3 hrs
INR 4084 Politics of International Terrorism or 3 hrs
INR 4085 Women, Gender, and Globalization or 3 hrs
INR 4102 American Foreign Policy or 3 hrs
INR 4104 Topics and Cases in American Foreign Policy or 3 hrs
INR 4114 American Security Policy or 3 hrs
INR 4115 Strategic Weapons and Arms Control or 3 hrs

INR 4224 Contemporary International Politics of Asia 3 hrs
or
INR 4225 The Vietnam War or 3 hrs

INR 4243 International Politics of Latin America or 3 hrs
INR 4304 Issues in International Public Policy or 3 hrs
INR 4335 Coercion in International Politics or 3 hrs
INR 4350 Global Environmental Politics or 3 hrs
INR 4351 International Environmental Law or 3 hrs
INR 4364 The Intelligence Community or 3 hrs
INR 4401 International Law or 3 hrs
INR 4404 Space Law or 3 hrs
INR 4502 International Organizations or 3 hrs
INR 4714 Politics of International Trade Policy or 3 hrs
INR 4774 Military Space Policy or 3 hrs
POS 3253 Contemporary Revolution and Political Violence 3 hrs or
PUP 3014 Comparative Public Policy or 3 hrs
PUP 4510 Space Policy 3 hrs

C. Political Theory Area (6 hrs)

INR 4603 International Relations Theory or 3 hrs
POS 4206 Political Psychology or 3 hrs
POT 3204 American Political Thought or 3 hrs
POT 3302 Modern Political Ideologies or 3 hrs
POT 4003 Political Theory or 3 hrs
POT 4025 Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Political Philosophy or 3 hrs
POT 4054 Modern Political Philosophy or 3 hrs
POT 4066 Contemporary Political Theory or 3 hrs
POT 4109 Politics and Literature or 3 hrs
POT 4305 The State, Society, and the Individual or 3 hrs|
POT 4314 Contemporary Democratic Theory or 3 hrs
POT 4331 Utopia/Dystopia or 3 hrs
POT 4345 Pan-Africanist Thought or 3 hrs
POT 4414 Marxist Political Theory or 3 hrs
POT 4632 Religion and Politics 3 hrs

Track 3: Prelaw (not entirely available online)

Foreign Language Requirements Admissions

Met by graduation requirement

Graduation

Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.

Electives

Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside the department.

Internship Program: For students who excel, a limited number of internship may be available each semester for three to six hours of credit. Under the Internship Director, the student is typically placed in an office of local, state, or national government, a law office, or campaign headquarters.

Online Courses

Some elective choices, options in specialization areas, and courses that are not in the major may not be offered online. Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. More information is available here.

Departmental Exit Requirement

Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major
Computer Competency met by the following:
POS 3703 Scope and Methods of Political Science 3 hrs

Total Semester Hours Required: 120

Transfer Notes

Lower division courses taken at community colleges do not substitute for Upper Division courses.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Robert Bledsoe
College of Sciences
Department of Political Science
407-823-2608
politics@ucf.edu