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. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  4. Majors 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. Students in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Political Science must take a minimum of 30 hours in Political Science including the following courses: 
    POSI 2310
    POSI 2320
    Principles of American Government
    and Functions of American Government
    POSI 3300Basic Political Ideas 13
    or POSI 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 POSI electives6
    POSI 4399Senior Seminar in Political Science3
    or POSI 4398 Practicum in Political Science: Concepts, Resources, and Applications in the Study of Politics
    Total Hours30

    POSI 3300 or POSI 3301 serve as corequisites for all advanced courses in political science. 

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
US 11001POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
Mathematics Component Code 0203ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3POSI Advanced Group Elective3
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3Modern Language 23203
Modern Language 23103Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
POSI 3300 or 33013Minor3
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3POSI Advanced Group Electives6
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science3
HIST 2310 or 231113HIST 2312 or 232013
POSI Advanced Group Elective3Minor3
BA ENG Literature3 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
POSI Advanced Elective3Electives as needed6
Minor9POSI Advanced Elective3
Elective as needed3Minor3
 POSI 4398 or 439923
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

 Majors are required to complete 6 additional hours of history in Western or World Civilization (HIST 2310 or HIST 2311 and HIST 2312 or HIST 2320).


 The senior seminar courses (POSI 4398 or POSI 4399) have a prerequisite of at least 21 hours of Political Science.

Political Science Advanced Group Electives

Group I - Political Theory and Methodology

POSI 3331American Political Thought3
POSI 3332Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (Greeks to 1600)3
POSI 3333Modern Political Theory (1600-1900)3
POSI 3334Contemporary Political Theory3
POSI 3377Analytical Techniques3
POSI 4328The Holocaust3
POSI 4335Politics and Personality3

Group II - American Government

POSI 3305The American Founding3
POSI 3306Religion and American Public Life3
POSI 3307Parties and Party Politics3
POSI 3308Congress and the Legislative Process3
POSI 3309The American Presidency3
POSI 3314State and Local Government3
POSI 3319Metropolitan Politics3
POSI 3340Urban Policy and Administration3
POSI 4301Politics in Film3
POSI 4320Issues and Interest Groups: Power and Pressure in America3
POSI 4330Women in Politics3
POSI 4331Minority Politics3
POSI 4336Campaigns and Elections3
POSI 4337ATexas Politics3
POSI 4337CMedia and Public Opinion3
POSI 4345American Foreign Policy3
POSI 4362Government and American Business3

Group III - Public Law and Public Administration

POSI 3310Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles3
POSI 3311Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties3
POSI 3316Introduction to Public Administration3
POSI 3318Public Personnel Administration3
POSI 3320Comparative Public Administration3
POSI 3328Public Finance Administration3
POSI 4302Legal Theories and Research3
POSI 4303Civil Law in American Society3
POSI 4304Issues in Law and Public Policy3
POSI 4311The Supreme Court and the Judicial Process3
POSI 4322Public Policy Formulation3
POSI 4361Administrative Law3

Group IV - Comparative Government

POSI 3325Economic Development in Latin America3
POSI 3335Comparative Politics3
POSI 3337Politics of Modern Southeast Asia3
POSI 4313Islamic Law and Politics3
POSI 4314Revolution and Nationalism3
POSI 4327Theories of International Politics3
POSI 4338Government and Politics of Latin America3
POSI 4340Government and Politics of Europe3
POSI 4341Government and Politics of Russia3
POSI 4349DOrganization of American States3
POSI 4349FPolitics of Democratization in Developing Countries3
POSI 4350Government and Politics of Asia3
POSI 4351African Politics3
POSI 4354The Politics of Extremism3

Group V - International Relations

POSI 3322Introduction to International Studies3
POSI 3336Civil-Military Relations in Comparative Perspective3
POSI 4326Issues in World Politics3
POSI 4327Theories of International Politics3
POSI 4356International Law3
POSI 4357International Organization3
POSI 4358United States-Latin American Relations3
POSI 4359Politics of International Economic Relations3
POSI 4367International Conflict and Security3