Bachelor of Science, Major in Political Science

Bachelor of Science, Major in Political Science
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option)4
Degree Specific Requirements
Natural Sciences8
Math or Natural Science3-4
PHIL 2303Critical Thinking (Or MATH)3
Major: Foundation
COMS or THEA3
Computer Science3
POLS 3374
POLS 3379
Quantitative Methd for Pol Sci
and Research & Writing in Pol Sci
6
Political Theory
Select one of the following:3
Ideologies and Democracy
Survey of Political Theory
American Political Thought
International Relations/Comparative Politics
Select one of the following:3
Cent & Eastern European Politi
Intro to Comparative Politics
Asian Politics
Religion and Politics
Western European Politics
Politics of The Middle East
Intro International Relations
American Foreign Policy
International Law & Org
International Political Econ
Latin American Politics
International Human Rights
Conflict Studies
Political Violence & Terrorism
American Politics
Select one of the following:3
Local Political Systems
State Political Systems
Judicial Systems
Pol Ethnic Minorities & Gender
The Presidency and Executives
The Congress and Legislatures
Political Parties-Interest Grp
Politics and The Media
Const Law I:Civ Rights& Librts
Const Law II:Gov Pwr/St-Fed Rl
Political Attitudes & Behavior
Major: Prescribed Electives
POLS Electives (at least 12 hours must be advanced) 215
Electives: Advanced
Advanced Electives9
Minor: Required 3
Minor18
Total Hours120
1

MATH 1332 or MATH 1342 is recommended.

2

POLS 2304 is recommended.

3

The following minor cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Political Science. 

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

Additional Requirements:

  • Minimum of 12 hours of Political Science must be taken in residence.
  • No grade below a C in a Political Science course will count toward the major.
  • Students must have 42 advanced hours; at least 15 hours of POLS must be advanced.
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II13Component Area III4
Component Area III4Component Area V3
Component Area VII3Component Area VII3
ENGL 130123ENGL 130223
HIST 130133HIST 130233
 16 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IV3Component Area IX3
Component Area VIII3Component Area IX 1
Math or PHIL 23033Math or Natural Science4
Natural Sciences4Natural Sciences4
POLS Electives 43POLS 33793
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Advanced Electives3Computer Science3
COMS or THEA3Minor53
Minor53Minor53
POLS 3377, 3378, or 33733POLS 33743
POLS (International Relations/Comparative Politics)63POLS (American Politics)73
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Advanced Electives3Advanced Electives3
Minor53Minor53
Minor53POLS Electives3
POLS Electives3POLS Electives3
POLS Electives3 
 15 12
Total Hours: 120
1

MATH 1332 or MATH 1342 is recommended.

2

Satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communications).

3

Satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VI (U.S. History).

4

POLS 2304 is recommended. 

5

The following minor cannot be paired with this degree program: Minor in Political Science.

6

See, International Relations/Comparative Politics course listing below (select one). 

7

See, American Politics course listing below (select one). 

International Relations/Comparative Politics 6
Select one of the following:
POLS 3361Cent & Eastern European Politi3
POLS 3365Intro to Comparative Politics3
POLS 3368Asian Politics3
POLS 3369Religion and Politics3
POLS 3370Western European Politics3
POLS 3375Politics of The Middle East3
POLS 3380Intro International Relations3
POLS 3381American Foreign Policy3
POLS 3385International Law & Org3
POLS 3386International Political Econ3
POLS 3387Latin American Politics3
POLS 4383International Human Rights3
POLS 4384Conflict Studies3
POLS 4385Political Violence & Terrorism 53
American Politics 7
Select one of the following:
POLS 3331Local Political Systems3
POLS 3332State Political Systems3
POLS 3334Judicial Systems3
POLS 3335Pol Ethnic Minorities & Gender3
POLS 3336The Presidency and Executives3
POLS 3337The Congress and Legislatures3
POLS 3360Political Parties-Interest Grp3
POLS 3364Politics and The Media3
POLS 4334Const Law I:Civ Rights& Librts3
POLS 4335Const Law II:Gov Pwr/St-Fed Rl3
POLS 4372Political Attitudes & Behavior3

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

Additional Requirements:

  • Minimum of 12 hours of Political Science must be taken in residence.
  • No grade below a C in a Political Science course will count toward the major.
  • Students must have 42 advanced hours; at least 15 hours of POLS must be advanced. 

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Political Science is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Analytical, writing, speaking, interpersonal, and professional skills.
  • Work as effective members of a team.
  • Utilize technology to solve problems and accomplish goals.
  • Prepare students for professional careers in the 21st century.
  • Prepare students to make meaningful contributions to local, state, national, and global communities.