Political Science

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Bachelors of Arts in Political Science

The study of Political Science gives the student an understanding of politics, government, and public affairs. Political Science graduates develop a coherent and reasoned knowledge about governance, political behavior, and public administration. This degree prepares students to be part of an informed national and global citizenry. Political Science provides an excellent academic background for students preparing for careers in law, public service, journalism, non-profits, and many private sectors jobs. Students are encouraged to participate in our internship program to practice and expand skills gained in the classroom. The internship program gives students the opportunity to earn credit for on-the-job experience with government agencies, Members of Congress and the state legislature, and non-profit agencies. Students  choose one of the four options offered for an area of emphasis, and the options offered are Political Institutions, International Relations, Policy and Analysis and Political Theory.

Requirements for a degree in Political Science include:

  1. Completion of five Political Science foundation courses with a grade of “C” or better;
  2. Breadth requirement: Taking one course in each of the four options, including Political Institutions, International Relations, Policy and Analysis and Political Theory.
  3. Specialization: Choosing one option and taking two more courses in that option along with an associated skills class;
  4. Completion of a senior research project (PSCI 499R);
  5. Completion of MSU general graduation requirements of 120 credits, including 42 upper division credits, and the MSU core.

Political Institutions Option

For students with an interest in political institutions, including legislative, executive and judicial branches, who wish to obtain a sound background in how political systems operate. This option includes courses on the American political system. The skills requirement is Applied Political Analysis (PSCI 310).The skills requirement is PSCI 310.

International Relations Option

Offering a sound background in international relations theory, international institutions, international policy and international political economy. The skills requirement is proficiency in a foreign language (two semesters of university level foreign language, CLEP, or existing bilingualism).

Policy and Analysis Option

This option develops skills in the analysis of public policies and knowledge of the policy process. The skills requirement is Applied Political Analysis (PSCI 310).

Political Theory Option

For students who wish to pursue key questions of political theory, including questions about rights, identity, virtue, gender, knowledge, and justice, among others. The skills requirement is Introduction to Logic (PHL 236Q).


Curriculum

Before a Political Science major may enroll in any upper division course, the student is expected to have achieved a grade of “C” or better in the five Political Science foundation courses.

First: Take all of the following foundation courses:

PSCI 200 Intro to Conducting Political Inquiry
PSCI 210IS Introduction to American Government
PSCI 214IS Principles of Political Science or PSCI 240 Intro to Public Administration
PSCI 230D Into to International Relations
ECNS 101IS The Economic Way of Thinking


Second: Take one course in each of the following four options, then choose one option and take two more courses in that option along with an associated skills class.

Political Institutions

PSCI 302 Media and Politics
PSCI 306 Legislative Process
PSCI 341 Political Parties and Elections
PSCI 346 American Presidency
PSCI 444 Congressional Campaigns
PSCI 471 American Constitutional Law
Skills Course: PSCI 310 Applied Political Analysis

International Relations

PSCI 331 International Relations Theory
PSCI 406 Political Economy of Energy
PSCI 418 The Politics of War and Peace
PSCI 423 The Politics of Development
PSCI 434 International Law
PSCI 436 Politics of Food and Hunger
PSCI 437 International Political Economy
PSCI 439 International Human Rights
Skills Course: Proficiency in a foreign language (two semesters of university level foreign language, CLEP, or existing bilingualism)

Policy and Analysis

PSCI 362 Natural Resource Policy
PSCI 406 Political Economy of Energy
PSCI 407 Public Policy Analysis
PSCI 423 The Politics of Development
PSCI 436 Politics of Food and Hunger
PSCI 465 Public Administration and Policy
Skills Course: PSCI 310 Applied Political Analysis

Political Theory

PSCI 323 Modern Political Thought
PSCI 354 Contemporary Issues in Political Theory
PSCI 356 Classical Political Thought
PSCI 454 Cinema and Political Theory
PSCI 455 Politics and Virtue
Skills Course: PHL 236Q Intro to Logic


Third: take your senior thesis class

PSCI 499R Senior Thesis


Political Science Non-Teaching Minor

To earn a Political Science Non-teaching Minor, a minimum of 21 credit hours are required, with 9 credits from upper division classes, 300 level and above.

Take 4 of the following:

PSCI 200 Intro to Conducting Political Inquiry
PSCI 210IS Introduction to American Government
PSCI 214IS Principles of Political Science or PSCI 240 Intro to Public Administration
PSCI 230D Into to International Relations
ECNS 101IS The Economic Way of Thinking
And take at least 3 regularly scheduled upper division Political Science classes.


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a professional degree designed to prepare both pre- and mid-career professionals and administrators for supervisory, analytical support and policy-making positions in public sector agencies, and non-profit organizations, at local, state and federal levels. The program stresses sound preparation in wide range of administrative competencies. MPA coursework includes studies in public administration theory, human resource management, public budgeting, leadership, ethics, organization dynamics, and research methods for public administrators. Information on this program can be found at the MPA Graduate Program page.