2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Bachelor of Arts

Political Science Major

Program Curriculum

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
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World Politics
The Global Economy and World Politics
Required Political Science Core Elective Courses
Select nine hours of courses in Political Science, six of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level9
Subtotal21
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
The Politics of Cybersecurity 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
Requirements for the Political Science Major (No Option)
Major Electives
Minimum of 12 additional hours of courses in Political Science, nine of which must be at the 3000 or 4000 level 212
Required Hours in a Related Field
12 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level 312
Subtotal24
Free Electives
Select 30 credits of free electives30
Subtotal30
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse 4
Select six credits in Pathway 1f 56
Select three credits in Pathway 1a3
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select six credits in Pathway 26
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
PSCI 1014Introduction to United States Government and Politics (met by major)3
PSCI 1024Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (met by major)3
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
Select six credits in Pathway 46
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
Select six credits in Pathway 5f6
Select three credits in Pathway 5a3
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
6 credits: 3 design + 3 arts, or 6 integrated design & arts6
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
PSCI 1014Introduction to United States Government and Politics (met by major)3
Subtotal36
Total Credits120
1

Please refer to Undergraduate Course Catalog or consult your advisor for information about pre-/co-requisite and enrollment requirements.

2

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).

3

12 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in one of the following departments: Agriculture & Applied Economics, Communication (including Communication, Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Public Relations), Economics, English, Geography, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion and Culture, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology (including Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Criminology, Women and Gender Studies, and/or Peace Studies and Violence Prevention), Urban Affairs & Planning, or a single Foreign Language

4

PSCI majors (all options) must complete the requirements for the Pathways to General Education. More details and course listings can be found at the following link: https://www.pathways.prov.vt.edu.

5

ENGL 1105 First-Year Writing and ENGL 1106 First-Year Writing are 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 PoliticsPSCI 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.

Prerequisites

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. These courses are noted with Footnote 1.

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.