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Political Science and International Relations

Political Science Major

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The Political Science major focuses attention on the shared and contending ideas, values, institutions, and processes of public life. The major is expansive in its reach and accommodates a wide range of student interests. Political Science courses range from the specific study of politics in one country (for example, the U.S., Mexico, or France) or of a single instution or political process (the judiciary, Congress, the presidency, or elections), to more general offerings such as courses on political development, revolution, research methods, human rights, and legal theory. The Political Science Department relates theory to practice by providing students with opportunities for simulations, writing workshops, internships, community service, study abroad, semesters in Washington, D.C., and trips to Sacramento. Our faculty is committed to the success of individual students by fostering intellectual curiousity, analytical skills, and a heightened awareness of values. The major prepares students for careers in politics, public service, law, teaching, research, and business, as well as international, national, and local government and nongovernmental-organizations.

The Political Science Major prepares the student for graduate study in the field as well as for careers in government (the largest employer in the United States), teaching, journalism, law, and foreign service (with industry as well as government).

Students interested in a career in Political Science or related fields may benefit from the INTERNSHIP PROGAM available through the department. Valuable practical experience can be gained by working part-time in local congressional offices, campaign organizations, or in city, county, state and federal government. Students can earn from 1 to 6 units in the program. See Professor Gary Gray, IPJ 254A, ggray@sandiego.edu, for details.

The major requires 12 units of lower division work in Political Science and 24 units of upper division (under the 2010-2014 course catalogs) and 27 units of upper division (under the 2014-2016 course catalog) work in the field.

  • All Honors Students who are Political Science majors are required to enroll in the Research Seminar the semester before their Honors Thesis seminar.
  • All Political Science majors who plan to go on to graduate school are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Research Seminar during their junior or senior year.
  • All students who would like to write a senior thesis, or who want to conduct independent research in Political Science, should enroll in the Research Seminar in lieu of independent study.

 

 

2010-2014 Course Catalogs Major/Minor Requirements: For students who entered USD before Fall 2014 or transferred to USD in Fall 2014

2014-2016 Course Catalog Major/Minor Requirements: For students who entered USD as first-year students in Fall 2014 and declared the major in 2015 or later

Requirements under the 2010-2014 Course Catalogs appear below:

PREPARATION FOR THE MAJOR

Required: 12 units (4 courses)

____POLS 100   Power and Justice (previously Intro to Political Science)

____POLS 120   Introduction to American Politics  (previously POLS 125:American Politics)

____POLS 170   International Relations (previously POLS 175: International Relations)

____POLS 250   Research Methods


THE MAJOR

Required: 24 upper division units (8 courses), including PS 301 or 302, which should be taken in the junior or senior year.

____POLS 301 Political Thought: Ancient to Medieval

____POLS 302 Political Thought: Modern and Contemporary

____POLS 304 American Political Development

____POLS 306 Political Ideology

____POLS 307 Politics and Religion

____POLS 308 Politics in Literature   

____POLS 309D Sex, Power, and Politics(previously POLS 316D)

____POLS 310 Presidency

____POLS 312 Congress

____POLS 313 Parties and Interest Groups

____POLS 314 Campaigns and Elections

____POLS 316 State and Local Government (previously POLS 340)

____POLS 317D Urban Politics (previously 342D)

____POLS 321 Constitutional Law and American Government: Federalism and Separation of Powers

____POLS 322D Constitutional Law: Civil Right and Liberties

____POLS 323 Judicial Behavior

____POLS 326 Comparative Law                   

____POLS 327 International Law

____POLS 329 Law of the Sea

____POLS 340 Public Administration (previously POLS 345)

____POLS 342 Public Policy (previously POLS 347)

____POLS 349 Politics and the Environment

____POLS 350 Theories of Comparative Politics (previously Core Course: Comparative Politics)

____POLS 352 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries

____POLS 354 Revolutionary Change

____POLS 355 Politics in Europe

____POLS 357 Politics in Latin America

____POLS 358 Politics in South Asia

____POLS 359 Politics in the Middle East

____POLS 360 Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

____POLS 361 Politics in South Africa

____POLS 362 Politics in the UK

____POLS 363 Politics in France

____POLS 364 Politics in Germany

____POLS 365 Politics in Russia

____POLS 366 Politics in Mexico

____POLS 367 Politics in Japan

____POLS 368 Politics in China

____POLS 370 Theories of International Relations (previously Core Course: International Relations)

____POLS 371 American Foreign Policy

____POLS 374 US-Latin American Relations

____POLS 376 US National Security

____POLS 377 Regional Security

____POLS 378 Transnational Crime & Terrorism

____POLS 380 Theories of International Political Economy (previously International Political Economy)

____POLS 382 International Human Rights

____POLS 383 International Organizations

____POLS 430 Field Seminar in CA Government (1 Unit)

____POLS 434 Washington, D.C.: The Press and the   Presidency

____POLS 435 Washington, D.C.: Directed Study in Political Science

____POLS 436 Washington, D.C.: Internship in Political Science

____POLS 437 Washington, D.C.: Class in Political Science

____POLS 444 Special Topics in Political Science (may be repeated for credit when topic changes)

____POLS 448, 498 Internship (3 units for major credit; 1-6 units max)

____POLS 480 Model United Nations (1 Unit)

____POLS 485 Washington, D.C.: Directed Study in International Relations

____POLS 486 Washington, D.C.: Internship in International Relations (6 Units)

____POLS 487 Washington, D.C.: Class in International Relations

____POLS 494 Special Topics in IR (may be repeated for credit when topic changes, 1-3 Units)

____POLS 495 Senior Capstone Seminar

____POLS 498 Internship in International Relations (1-6 Units)

____POLS 499 Independent Study (consult catalog for requirements)



THE MINOR

Required: POLS 100 or POLS 170, POLS 120, POLS 301 OR POLS 302 and 9 upper division units selected in consultation with an advisor from the Political Science faculty.

Bulletin 2010-2012

SOME FURTHER SUGGESTIONS

  • “W” REQUIREMENT FOR CORE CURRICULUM
    • Students are encouraged to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for an upper division writing (“W”) course early in the major by enrolling in a major course designated “W” in the Schedule of Classes each semester.
  • CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT IN THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
    • We recommend Religion 112, History of Religions, to meet a lower division religion requirement because the course involves a comparative treatment of world religions.
  • STUDY ABROAD
    • Study Abroad is highly encouraged. Please check the Study Abroad Bulletin Board at Serra 315 for times of weekly information sessions.
  • WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
    • Consider joining the World Affairs Council of San Diego. The Council sponsors a variety of speeches and presentations on international affairs and is open to the public (there is a special student membership fee at a much reduced price).
  • PRE-LAW ADVISING
    • Political Science is the most frequently cited undergraduate major of pre-law students. Majors who are considering law school should carefully select elective courses to design a well-rounded program that will develop conceptual, analytic, and writing skills. The pre-law student can draw from a broad range of disciplines, including Philosophy, English, Sociology, Psychology, History, and Theater Arts. For more information on constructing a program to fit your specific interests and needs, see Dr. Dickson, the pre-law advisor.

     

    2014-2016 Course Catalog Major/Minor Requirements: For students who entered USD as first-year students in Fall 2014 and declared the major in 2015 or later

    Requirements under the 2014-2016 Catalog appear below:

    PREPARATION FOR THE MAJOR

    Required: 9 units (3 courses)

    ____POLS 100    Power and Justice

    ____POLS 120 Introduction to American Politics  

    ____POLS 150    Introduction to Comparative Politics

                            OR

    ____POLS 170    International Relations


    UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS

    Required: 27 upper division units

    A. Core Courses

    Nine Upper-Division Units (three courses) (The following courses are prerequisites for POLS 495)

    ____POLS 300    Political Thought            

    ____POLS 330    Research Methods

    ____American Politics (choose one of the courses from POLS 310-323)

    B. Elective Courses

    Fifteen Upper-Division Units (five courses) (choose from any of the POLS upper-division courses)

    ____POLS 304 American Political Development

    ____POLS 306 Political Ideology

    ____POLS 307 Politics and Religion

    ____POLS 308 Politics in Literature     

    ____POLS 309 Sex, Power, and Politics  (previously POLS 316D)

    ____POLS 310 The Presidency

    ____POLS 312 Congress

    ____POLS 313 Parties and Interest Groups

    ____POLS 314 Campaigns and Elections

    ____POLS 316 State and Local Government (previously POLS 340)

    ____POLS 317D Urban Politics (previously POLS 342D)

    ____POLS 321 Constitutional Law and American Government: Federalism and Separation of Powers

    ____POLS 322D Constitutional Law: Civil Right and Liberties

    ____POLS 323 Judicial Behavior

    ____POLS 326 Comparative Law                     

    ____POLS 327 International Law

    ____POLS 329 Law of the Sea

    ____POLS 340 Public Administration  (previously POLS 345)

    ____POLS 342 Public Policy (previously POLS 347)

    ____POLS 349 Politics and the Environment

    ____POLS 350 Theories of Comparative Politics 

    ____POLS 352 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries

    ____POLS 354 Revolutionary Change

    ____POLS 355 Politics in Europe

    ____POLS 357 Politics in Latin America

    ____POLS 358 Politics in South Asia

    ____POLS 359 Politics in the Middle East

    ____POLS 360 Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

    ____POLS 361 Politics in South Africa

    ____POLS 362 Politics in the United Kingdom

    ____POLS 363 Politics in France

    ____POLS 364 Politics in Germany

    ____POLS 365 Politics in Russia

    ____POLS 366 Politics in Mexico

    ____POLS 367 Politics in Japan

    ____POLS 368 Politics in China

    ____POLS 370 Theories of International Relations

    ____POLS 371 American Foreign Policy

    ____POLS 374 US-Latin American Relations

    ____POLS 375 Comparative Foreign Policy

    ____POLS 376 US National Security

    ____POLS 377 Regional Security

    ____POLS 378 Transnational Crime & Terrorism

    ____POLS 380 Theories of International Political Economy

    ____POLS 382 International Human Rights

    ____POLS 383 International Organizations

    ____POLS 430 Field Seminar in CA Government (1 Unit)

    ____POLS 434 Washington, D.C.: The Press and the Presidency

    ____POLS 435 Washington, D.C.: Directed Study in Political Science

    ____POLS 436 Washington, D.C.: Internship in Political Science

    ____POLS 437 Washington, D.C.: Class in Political Science

    ____POLS 444 Special Topics in Political Scienc (may be repeated for credit when topic changes)

    ____POLS 448 Internship in Political Science (3 units for major credit; 1-6 units max)

    ____POLS 480 Model United Nations (1 Unit)

    ____POLS 485 Washington, D.C.: Directed Study in International Relations

    ____POLS 486 Washington, D.C.: Internship in International Relations (6 Units)

    ____POLS 487 Washington, D.C.: Class in International Relations

    ____POLS 494 Special Topics in IR (may be repeated for credit when topic changes, 1-3 Units)

    ____POLS 498 Internship in International Relations Science (3 units for major credit; 1-6 units max)

    ____POLS 499 Independent Study in International Relations (consult catalog for requirements)


    C. Political Science Senior Capstone Seminar

    POLS 495: Political Science majors are required to complete the Senior Capstone Seminar. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to apply and integrate what they have learned as a Political Science major. Students will have the opportunity to choose from Senior Capstone Seminars that focus on completing a research project, a community project, or a simulation project.

    THE MINOR

    POLS 100; 120; 150 or 170; and 9 upper-division units selected in consultation with an advisor from the Political Science faculty.

    Bulletin2014-2016

    SOME FURTHER SUGGESTIONS

    • “W” REQUIREMENT FOR CORE CURRICULUM
      • Students are encouraged to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for an upper division writing (“W”) course early in the major by enrolling in a major course designated “W” in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

    • CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENT INTHEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
      • We recommend Religion 112, History of Religions, to meet a lower division religion requirement because the course involves a comparative treatment of world religions.

    • STUDY ABROAD
      • Study Abroad is highly encouraged. Please check the Study Abroad Bulletin Board at Serra 315 for times of weekly information sessions.

    • WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
      • Consider joining the World Affairs Council of San Diego. The Council sponsors a variety of speeches and presentations on international affairs and is open to the public (there is a special student membership fee at a much reduced price).

    • PRE-LAW ADVISING
      • Political Science is the most frequently cited undergraduate major of pre-law students. Majors who are considering law school should carefully select elective courses to design a well-rounded program that will develop conceptual, analytic, and writing skills. The pre-law student can draw from a broad range of disciplines, including Philosophy, English, Sociology, Psychology, History, and Theater Arts. For more information on constructing a program to fit your specific interests and needs, see Dr. Dickson, the pre-law advisor.