2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Bachelor of Arts

Political Science Major with National Security Studies Option

I. Degree Core Requirements
Required Political Science Courses
PSCI/IS 1034Introduction to International Studies and Political Science3
PSCI 2014Introduction to Political Theory3
PSCI 2024Research Methods in Political Science 13
PSCI/GEOG/IS 2054Introduction to World Politics3
or PSCI/GEOG/IS 2064 The Global Economy and World Politics
Required Political Science Core Elective Courses
Select 9 hours of courses in Political Science, 6 of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level9
Subtotal21
II. Major Requirements
Political Science Major Courses
PSCI 1014Introduction to United States Government and Politics3
PSCI/IS 1024Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics3
Advanced Theory and Practice in Political Science
Select one of the following:3
Political Theory 1
Political Theory 1
Seminar in Diplomacy and Security 1
Seminar in Global Political Economy 1
Seminar in Global Development 1
Future of Security: Integrative Solutions for Complex Security Systems 1
Senior Seminar in Political Behavior 1
Senior Seminar in Political Institutions 1
Senior Seminar in Constitutional Law 1
Senior Seminar in Public Administration 1
Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics 1
Senior Seminar in International Relations 1
Senior Seminar in Policy Analysis 1
Senior Seminar in Political Theory 1
Internship Program 1
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Subtotal9
III. Requirements for the Political Science Major (National Security Studies Option)
National Security Studies Political Science Courses
Select three of the following:9
Security Studies: Theories and Concepts 1
Global Security 1
Intelligence and National Security 1
Intelligence and National Security 1
Global Conflict and War
Strategies of Modern Warfare 1
Strategies of Modern Warfare 1
Nuclear Strategy & Politics
Congress 1
The Presidency 1
Violent Political Change 1
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy 1
US-Russia Foreign Policies 1
US-Russia Foreign Policies 1
National Security Strategy 1
National Security 1
National Security Policies 1
National Security Policies 1
Global Terrorism and Counterterrorism
and Global Terrorism and Counterterrorism 1
European Union's Foreign and Security Policy
European Union's Foreign Relations
European Union's Foreign Relations
European Security Governance
European Geopolitics
NATO & European Security 1
Topics in Diplomacy Lab 1
The Politics of Cybersecurity 1
Theories and Practices of International Conflict Management 1
Topics in Multilateral Diplomacy Workshop 1
Topics in Multilateral Diplomacy Workshop 1
Intelligence Analysis Workshop 1
Political Science Electives
Select a minimum of 3 additional hours of courses in Political Science 23
Required Hours in National Security Related Courses
Select four of the following:12
The CIA: Its Capabilities in Todays Geo-Political World
Modeling with Geographic Information Systems 1
Spatial Analysis in Geographic Information Systems 1
Introduction to Remote Sensing
The Vietnam War
Europe Since World War II
Nazi Germany: History and Memory
European Military History to 1789
Modern Military History
World War II
Age of Globalization
The Cold War
The Rise of Modern Latin America
Twentieth-Century Russia
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Revolutionary China
Multicultural Communication
International Communication
Population Trends and Issues 1
Subtotal24
IV. Free Electives
Select remaining courses to complete 120 credit hour graduation requirement21
Subtotal21
V. Pathways to General Education
PSCI majors (all options) must complete the requirements for the Pathways to General Education. 3
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse
Select 6 hours in Pathway 1f 46
Select 3 hours in Pathway 1a3
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select 6 hours in Pathway 26
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (Met by Major Requirements)
PSCI 1014Introduction to United States Government and Politics3
PSCI 1024Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics3
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
Select 6 hours in Pathway 46
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
Select 6 hours in Pathway 5f6
Select 3 hours in Pathway 5a3
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
Select 6 credits: 3 design + 3 arts, or 6 integrated design & arts6
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States (Met by Major Requirements)
PSCI 1014Introduction to United States Government and Politics3
Subtotal45
Total Credits120
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Some courses required for this major have pre-/co-requisite and/or enrollment requirements. Please refer to Undergraduate Course Catalog or consult your advisor for information about pre-/co-requisite and enrollment requirements. 

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Limit on Repeatable Courses: No more than six credit hours in any one of the following courses may contribute toward the 54 hours required by the major: internship (PSCI 4754 Internship Program), undergraduate research (PSCI 4994 Undergraduate Research), independent study (PSCI 4974 Independent Study). 

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More details and course listings can be found at the following link: https://www.pathways.prov.vt.edu

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ENGL 1105 First-Year Writing and ENGL 1106 First-Year Writing recommended

Foreign Language:

  • Students who completed 3 years of a single foreign, classical, or sign language in high school have completed the requirement.
  • Students who did not complete 3 years of a single foreign, classical, or sign language in high school may complete the requirement as follows:
    • Complete 2 years of a single foreign, classical, or sign language in high school plus an 1106 foreign language (e.g., FR, GR, SPAN) or the equivalent in college (these 3 hours do count toward the 120 required for graduation and calculate into the GPA) or
    • Complete an 1105-1106 foreign language (e.g., FR, GR, SPAN) grouping or the equivalent in college (these 6 hours do not count toward the 120 required for graduation)

Hours Requirement: A total of 120 hours is required to graduate with a Political Science degree.

In major GPA: All of the courses used in Sections I, II, and III are included in the in-major GPA. The overall and in-major GPAs required for graduation are 2.0.

Satisfactory Progress:  To proceed satisfactorily toward a degree, a student must complete PSCI 1014 Introduction to United States Government and Politics, PSCI 1024 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics, and PSCI 2024 Research Methods in Political Science by the end of the semester in which 60 hours have been attempted; must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and must maintain an in major GPA of 2.0.

Free Electives: Hours not required by the Curriculum for Liberal Education or the major are “free electives” and may be taken anywhere in the university.

Regarding Double Majors and Minors: The Department of Political Science offers majors in Political Science, International Studies, International Relations, National Security and Foreign Affairs, and International Public Policy as well as minors in Political Science, International Studies, International Relations, National Security and Foreign Affairs, and International Public Policy. Courses for the majors and minors overlap significantly. Therefore, Political Science majors may not pursue multiple majors and/or minors within the department.