Specific Requirements for Admission to the Political Science Major

PLS 121 American Government And Politics or PLS 215 Comparative Political Systems are normally prerequisites for other political science courses for a department major.

B.A., Major in Political Science: Research Design and Analysis Track Requirements: 40 Credits

The track in Research Design and Analysis (RDA) is designed to prepare students to meet the burgeoning demand for hard analytical skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector.

Required PLS Major Courses
PLS 121American Government And Politics3
PLS 215Comparative Political Systems3
PLS 310Political Science Research Methods4
PLS 591Senior Research Seminar In Political Science 13
Research Design and Analysis Track Courses
PLS 530Advanced Statistics for Political Science3
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Game Theory And Social Choice
Advanced Research Practicum
The New Institutionalism
Math Fundamentals for the Social Sciences
Computer Applications
Games and Models
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Select 12 credits in Political Science at the 200 level or above.12
An internship with an agency, business, or non-profit where the student will employ his/her data anlysis skills is strongly encouraged:
Public Affairs Internship
Total Credits40
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This course is offered only in the fall semester, and may not be taken on an independent study or transfer basis.