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2014-2015 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.S.


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The study of political science develops knowledge and understanding of national and international government, politics, and policy. The program prepares students for careers in public service and private business, as well as for graduate work leading to careers in a variety of areas including law, public administration, policy analysis, foreign service, journalism, and University teaching. Proximity to Washington, D.C., allows enhancement of traditional classroom work with opportunities to observe the federal government in operation.

Curriculum for a Major in Political Science


 
Specific Core Curriculum requirement:  take PSCI 100  to fulfill Social Sciences area.

Total hours required, 42 Hours:


Elective courses, 18 Hours:


  •  Any 300- or 400-level course in political science*
Note(s):

Most 300- and 400-level political science courses can only be offered every other year. Students should plan their schedules accordingly. 

*No more than six hours of PSCI 443 Internship in Government , can be counted toward the political science major or minor (additional internship hours will be considered as general electives).

Four-Year Course Progression


Political Science
FALL   FIRST YEAR     SPRING   FIRST YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 First-Year Experience (FYEX) 1   Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 102 3
Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 101 3   Core Curriculum 1 Mathematics (MA) 3
Core Curriculum 1 Life Sciences (LS) 4   Core Curriculum 1 Life Sciences (LS) 4
Core Curriculum 1 History 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose WE or AR with advisor 3
PSCI 100* 2 Politics and Government 3   PSCI 200   American Political Institutions 3
* Also meets social science requirement         TOTAL 16
    TOTAL 14          
         
FALL   SECOND YEAR     SPRING   SECOND YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 2 Choose HM with advisor 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO with advisor 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose AR or WE with advisor 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose HM with advisor 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO with advisor 3   PSCI 211   Conduct of Political Inquiry II 3
PSCI 210   Conduct of Political Inquiry I 3   PSCI 300+   Elective 3
PSCI 300   State and Local Government 3   PSCI 302   Intro to Political Theory 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
         
FALL   THIRD YEAR     SPRING   THIRD YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSCI 304   Intro to Comparative Politics 3   PSCI 300+   Elective 3
PSCI 324   International Relations 3   PSCI 300+   Elective 3
PSCI 300+   Elective 3   Minor   Minor 3
Minor   Minor 3   Minor   Minor 3
Elective   Elective 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
         
FALL   FOURTH YEAR     SPRING   FOURTH YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSCI 300+   Elective 3   PSCI 495   Political Science Capstone (WM) 3
PSCI 300+   Elective 3   Minor   Minor 3
Minor   Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
Minor   Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
Elective   Elective 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
August 1, 2014             DEGREE TOTAL 120
         

 

Curriculum for a Major in Political Science, International Concentration


 
Specific Core Curriculum requirement:  take PSCI 100  to fulfill Social Sciences area.

 

Total hours required, 39 Hours:


Elective courses, 6 Hours:


  •  Any 300- or 400-level courses in political science except for the international elective courses listed above.

Note(s):


In addition, the student is required to complete 12 semester hours in the same foreign language OR demonstrate intermediate competence in that language by achieving a score specified by the department on a standardized language examination and by passing an interview with the modern language faculty.  The department recommends that students pursuing this concentration choose a minor in the foreign language of their choice.

Study Abroad: The department recommends study abroad for a summer, a semester, or a year, and will be inclined to accept credits earned abroad in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the international concentration.

*No more than six hours of PSCI 443 Internship in Government , can be counted toward the political science major or minor (additional internship hours will be considered as general electives).

Four-Year Course Progression


Political Science, International Concentration**
FALL   FIRST YEAR     SPRING   FIRST YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 First-Year Experience (FYEX) 1   Core Curriculum 2 Choose WE or AR with advisor 3
PSCI 100* 2 Politics and Government 3   Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 102 3
Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 101 3   Core Curriculum 1 Mathematics (MA) 3
Core Curriculum 1 Life Sciences (LS) 4   Core Curriculum 1 Life Sciences (LS) 4
Core Curriculum 1 History 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 14       TOTAL 16
*Also meets General Studies social science requirement.            
         
FALL   SECOND YEAR     SPRING   SECOND YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSCI 210   Conduct of Political Inquiry I 3   PSCI 211   Conduct of Political Inquiry II 3
PSCI 324   International Relations 3   PSCI 405   International Political Economy 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose WE or AR with advisor 3   PSCI 302   Introduction to Political Theory 3
Core Curriculum 2 Elementary Modern Language I (SO-HM-GL)* ** 3   Core Curriculum 2 Elementary Modern Language II (SO-HM-GL)* ** 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO with advisor 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO with advisor 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
*Also meets General Studies humanities requirement.     *Also meets General Studies humanities requirement.
**The Department of Political Science recommends that students minor in the modern language of their choice. If a student does not minor in a modern language, four electives must be replaced with courses in the minor.     **The Department of Political Science recommends that students minor in the modern language of their choice. If a student does not minor in a modern language, four electives must be replaced with courses in the minor.   
         
FALL   THIRD YEAR     SPRING   THIRD YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSCI 304   Intro to Comparative Politics 3   PSCI 407   Introduction to International Law 3
PSCI xxx   General or International Elective* (not PSCI 426, 427, 428, 429) 3   PSCI 426   Comparative Government: Western Europe OR  
Modern Language   Intermediate Modern Language I (SO-HM-GL) 3   PSCI 427   Comparative Government: Soviet Union and its Aftermath OR  
Elective   Elective 3   PSCI 428   Comparative Government: Asia OR  
Elective   Elective 3   PSCI  429   Comparatve Politics of the Middle East 3
    TOTAL 15   Modern Language   Intermediate Modern Language II (SO-HM-GL) 3
*Students must take a total of 6 credits of both kinds of electives.       PSCI xxx   General or International Elective 3
      Elective   Elective 3
          TOTAL 15
         
FALL   FOURTH YEAR     SPRING   FOURTH YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSCI xxx   General or International Elective 3   PSCI 495   Political Science Capstone (WM) 3
PSCI xxx   General or International Elective 3   Minor   Minor 3
Minor   Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
Elective   Elective 3   Elective   Elective 3
Elective   Elective 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
June 16, 2014             DEGREE TOTAL 120
         

 

Curriculum for a Major in Political Science, Legal Studies Concentration


 Specific Core Curriculum requirement: take PSCI 100  to fulfill Social Sciences (SO) area.

Total hours required, 42 Hours:


Four-Year Course Progression


Political Science, Legal Studies Concentration
FALL   FIRST YEAR     SPRING   FIRST YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 First-Year Experience (FYEX) 1   PSCI 200   American Political Institutions 3
PSCI 100* 2 Politics and Government 3   Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 102 3
Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 101 3   Core Curriculum 1 Mathematics (MA) 3
Core Curriculum 1 Life Sciences (LS) 4   Core Curriculum 1 Life Sciences (LS) 4
Core Curriculum 1 History 3   Core Curriculum  2 Wellness or Arts 3
    TOTAL 14       TOTAL 16
*Also meets General Studies social science requirement.            
         
FALL   SECOND YEAR     SPRING   SECOND YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSCI 210   Conduct of Political Inquiry I 3   PSCI 211   Conduct of Political Inquiry II 3
PSCI 320   American Judicial Process 3   PSCI 400   Supreme Court 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose WE or AR with advisor 3   PSCI 302   Introduction to Political Theory 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose HM with advisor 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose HM with advisor 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO with advisor 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO with advisor 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
         
FALL   THIRD YEAR     SPRING   THIRD YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSCI 304   Intro to Comparative Politics 3   PSCI 407   Introduction to International Law 3
PSCI 324   International Relations 3   PSCI 3xx+   Legal Studies Elective 3
PSCI 3xx+   Legal Studies Elective 3   Elective or Minor   Elective or Minor  3
Minor   Minor 3   Minor   Minor 3
Elective or Minor   Elective or Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
         
FALL   FOURTH YEAR     SPRING   FOURTH YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSCI 3xx+   Legal Studies Elective 3   PSCI 495   Political Science Capstone (WM) 3
PSCI 3xx+   Legal Studies Elective 3   Minor   Minor 3
Minor   Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
Minor   Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
Elective   Elective 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
June 16, 2014             DEGREE TOTAL 120
         

 

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