Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

MAJOR: 36 CREDITS

  • PSC101 Comparative Political Systems (3) – CI
  • PSC113 American Politics (3) – CR
  • PSC121 International Relations (3) – CI
  • PSC125 Public Policymaking (3) – CT
  • PSC331 Political Science Research and Methods (3)
  • HP445 Senior Capstone Project (3) ILIT; RP; WI
  • HISTORY ELECTIVE: 3 credits (based upon student’s interests and in consultation with one’s Advisor) selected from the following
    • HST137 African American History (3) – CI
    • HST221 American History from 1877 to Present (3) – CI
    • HST223 U.S. Foreign Policy: World War II to the Present (3) – CT
    • HST230 Problems of the Third World (3)
    • HST304 Modern China (3)
    • HST308 Modern Latin America (3) – CI
    • HST315 History and Political Social Theory (3)
    • HST317 The Middle East (3) – CI
    • HST319 20th Century Russia & Eastern Europe (3) – CI
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES

    15 credits, of which: 6 credits must be at the 300 level or above, AND at least one course (3 credits) must be taken from each of 3 areas: American Government; Comparative Government/International Relations; Public Policy/Law. Courses will be selected from the following:

    • THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM

       

      • PSC114 State & Local Government (3) – CR
      • PSC217 The American Political System (3)
      • PSC222 Polling and Public Opinion: Following the Will of the People (3) – CR, IL
      • PSC224 Influencing Politics: The American Voter in Campaigns and Elections (3) – CE, CI
      • PSC230 U.S Judicial Process (3) – CR
      • PSC233 Democracy in America: Critical Perspectives (3) – CR
      • PSC305 American Constitutional Law (3) – CI
      • PSC311 Congress and the Chaos of Democracy (3) – CE, CI
      • PSC312 Judicial Politics and Behavior (3)
      • PSC313 Media and Politics: Watchdogs or Lapdogs (3) – CR, CS, CI
      • PSC321 Politics and Popular Culture in America (3) – CR, CI, WI
      • PSC325 Local Government Reform and Community Renewal (3) – CR, CT
      • PSC415 Seminar on the Presidency
    • GLOBAL POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
      • PSC210 Politics of Globalization (3) – CI
      • PSC213 Sustainability & Third World Development (3) – CI
      • PSC221 Political Economy of East Asia (3)
      • PSC220 Contemporary International Issues (3)
      • PSC225 Politics of China (3) – CI
      • PSC231 International Organizations & Global Governance (3) – CI
      • PSC232 International Political Economy (3)
      • PSC238 Dictatorship & Democracy in World Politics (3)
      • PSC315 Politics of Western Europe (3)
      • PSC326 Politics of East Asia (3) – CI
      • PSC327 Politics of South Asia (3) – CI
    • PUBLIC POLICYMAKING & LAW
      • PSC117 Criminal Justice: Law & Procedures (3) – CI
      • PSC/ENS211-212 Environmental Energy Policies I-II (3/3)
      • PSC215 Issues in Public Policy (3) – CT
      • PSC219 Politics, Planning & Land Use (3)
      • PSC223 Political & Civil Rights in the U.S. (3) – ME
      • PSC227 Intro to Public Administration (3) – CR
      • PSC228 Community Planning & Sustainability (3) – SL
      • PSC/WST320 Gender & Policy in the U.S. (3) – CT; WI
      • PSC350 Political Argumentation & Debate (3) – CS
      • PSC411 Environmental Law (3)

REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF THE MAJOR: 3 CREDITS

  • CFE97 Career Preparation Seminar AND 3 credits in Career Field Experience (one or multiple experiences totaling 3 credits are allowed)

CORE: 45 CREDITS

  • CMP101 English Composition (3) – CS; ILIT; WI
  • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
  • MTH104 Survey of Statistics (3) – CT; QL
  • Foreign Language and Core Electives: 36 credits
  • Foreign Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level. The requirement may be satisfied through the completion of college level coursework or the successful completion of a proficiency examination. A complete description of the requirement is available in the Foreign Language Requirement section of the Daemen catalog.

FREE ELECTIVES: 36 CREDITS

Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in Political Science courses.

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS = 120 CREDITS

 

You can find information about all of our departmental majors, the requirements for Admission to Upper Division, and requirements for Graduation here or by visiting the History & Political Science Department section of the college catalog, or at the Program Plans option on the Registrar’s web page.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequences for: BA, Political Science, from the History and Political Science Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.