Program of Study / Public Affairs Concentration

Students majoring in political science with a public affairs concentration take an interdisciplinary program of study that combines government relations, media studies, issue management, corporate and social responsibility, information dissemination and strategic communication. Graduates are prepared for careers in businesses and organization influencing public policy, building and maintain a strong reputations and finding common ground with stakeholders.  Graduates complete the concentration having gained a theoretical and practical overview of the field, in part through a required internship in the public affairs domain. The concentration requires 36 credit hours, which include 21 hours of core curriculum and 15 hours of approved electives, at least nine of which must be political science courses.


Required Major Courses

POL-100 - American Political Systems (3.00 cr.)

POL-200 - Law and Society (3.00 cr.)

POL-203 - American Public Policy (3.00 cr.)

POL-204 - Comparative Politics (3.00 cr.)

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POL-210 - International Politics (3.00 cr.)

POL-334 - Research Design and Methods (3.00 cr.)

POL-380 - Political Science Internship (3.00 cr.)

POL-498 - Honors Thesis in Political Studies (3.00 cr.)

- or -

POL-499 - Senior Research (3.00 cr.)

- or -

POL-480 - Enhanced Fieldwork (3.00 cr.)


Concentration in Major

15 credit hours chosen from the following:

(Must take at least 9 hours in POL courses)

BIO-204 - Women in Science (3.00 cr.)

BIO-205 - Biology and Society (3.00 cr.)

COM-425 - Media, Culture & Society (3.00 cr.)

ECO-100 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-101 - Principles of Microeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-301 - Intermediate Microeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-302 - Intermediate Macroeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-311 - Environmental Economics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-323 - Health Economics and Policy (3.00 cr.)

EDU-232 - Schools and Social Change (3.00 cr.)

POL-205 - Political Ideas Seminar (3.00 cr.)

POL-207 - Campaigns, Elections, and Polling (3.00 cr.)

POL-282 - The Modern Middle East (3.00 cr.)

POL-301 - Civil Liberties (3.00 cr.)

POL-310 - Women and Politics (3.00 cr.)

POL-320 - International Political Economy (3.00 cr.)

POL-330 - Modern US Foreign Policy (3.00 cr.)

POL-331 - Environmental Politics & Policy (3.00 cr.)

POL-340 - State & Local Political Systems (3.00 cr.)

POL-351 - Political Leadership (3.00 cr.)

POL-370 - Topics in Model United Nations (1.00 cr.)

RES-344 - Biomedical Ethics (3.00 cr.)

RES-345 - Environmental Ethics (3.00 cr.)

SOC-231 - Social Problems (3.00 cr.)

SOC-242 - Deviance and Society (3.00 cr.)

SOC-335 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3.00 cr.)

SWK-330 - Social Welfare Policy (3.00 cr.)

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