Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Political Science

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Students must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  5. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  6. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  7. For transfer students, 12 semester credit hours in government and mathematics (or their equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Political Science and Government Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    PS 2304Introduction to Political Science3
    TCCN: GOVT 2304
    POSI 2310Principles of American Government3
    TCCN: GOVT 2306
    POSI 2320Functions of American Government3
    TCCN: GOVT 2305
    Any MATH course coded Mathematics Core Curriculum Component Code 0203
    TCCN: MATH 1342
    Total Hours12
  8. Students in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Political Science must take a minimum of 36 hours in Political Science including the following courses: 
    POSI 2310
    POSI 2320
    Principles of American Government
    and Functions of American Government
    PS 2304Introduction to Political Science3
    PS 3300Basic Political Ideas3
    or PS 3301 Basic Political Institutions
    One advanced course from four of the five groups:12
    I. Political Theory and Methodology
    II. American Government
    III. Public Law and Public Administration
    IV. Comparative Government
    V. International Relations
    Advanced PS electives9
    PS 4399Senior Seminar in Political Science 3
    or PS 4398 Practicum in Political Science: Concepts, Resources, and Applications in the Study of Politics
    Total Hours36

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCCN ENGL 1301])3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2305])3
US 11001American History Component Code 0603
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070 [TCCN GOVT 2306])3Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1301 or 2306])3
Mathematics Component Code 0203ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010 [TCN ENGL 1302])3
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091 [TCCN SPCH 1311])3Modern Language 23203
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094) [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3PS 2304 (GOVT 2304)3
Modern Language 23103Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
PS 3300 or 33013Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
American History Component Code 0603Minor3
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050 [TCCN HUMA 1315])3PS Advanced Group Electives6
Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 0303BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science3
HIST 2310 or 2311 (TCCN HIST 2311 or 2321)13HIST 2312 or 2320 (TCCN HIST 2322 or 2312)13
PS Advanced Group Elective3Minor3
BA ENG Literature [TCCN ENGL 2322, 2323, 2332, 2333, 2327 or 2328]3 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Minor9Electives as needed6
PS Advanced Group Electives6PS Advanced Elective3
 PS 4398 or 439923
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

Political Science Advanced Group Electives

PS 3311American Political Thought: From the Colonial Period to Civil War3
PS 4311Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (Greeks to 1600)3
PS 3313Contemporary Political Theory3
PS 4312Modern Political Theory (1600 - 1900)3
PS 3315Quantitative Research in Political Science3
PS 4313The Holocaust3
PS 3314Politics and Personality3
PS 3327The American Founding3
PS 4327Religion and American Public Life3
PS 3322Political Parties and Party Politics3
PS 3323Congress and the Legislative Process3
PS 3324The American Presidency3
PS 3325State and Local Government3
PA 3316Metropolitan Politics3
PA 3351Urban Management and Regional Policy3
PS 3328Politics in Film3
PS 3326Issues and Interest Groups: Power and Pressure in America3
PS 4324Women in Politics3
PS 4323Latina/o Politics3
PS 3321Campaigns and Elections3
PS 4325Texas Politics3
PS 4326Media and Public Opinion3
PS 4321American Foreign Policy3
PA 4362Government, Nonprofit and American Business3
PS 3332Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles3
PS 3333Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties3
PA 3300Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Administration3
PA 3330Public Personnel and Human Resource Administration3
PA 4352Comparative Public Administration 3
PA 3310Public Finance Administration3
PS 4334Legal Theories and Research3
PS 3334Civil Law in American Society3
PS 4333Issues in Law and Public Policy3
PS 3331The Supreme Court and the Judicial Process3
PA 3350Public Policy Process3
PA 3340Administrative Law3
PS 4342Economic Development in Latin America 3
PS 3341Comparative Politics 3
PS 3347Politics of Modern Southeast Asia 3
PS 4331Islamic Law and Politics3
PS 3348Revolution and Nationalism 3
PS 3352Theories of International Politics3
PS 3343Government and Politics of Latin America 3
PS 3344Government and Politics of Europe 3
PS 3345Government and Politics of Russia 3
PS 4346Organization of American States3
PS 4343Politics of Democratization in Developing Countries 3
PS 3346Government and Politics of Asia 3
PS 3342African Politics 3
PS 4344The Politics of Extremism 3
PS 3351Introduction to International Studies 3
PS 4341Civil-Military Relations in Comparative Politics3
PS 3353Issues in World Politics3
PS 3352Theories of International Politics3
PS 4352International Law3
PS 4353International Organizations3
PS 3354United States-Latin America Relations3
PS 4354Politics of International Economic Relations3
PS 4351International Conflict and Security3