The major in political science leads to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS). The political science curriculum focuses heavily on the development of analytical and communication skills – along with comprehensive knowledge of public policy, politics, current events, and history – and as such prepares undergraduates for a wide range of in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. . Courses in political science also serve to complement the liberal arts core at CSU-Pueblo and to prepare students for acceptance into graduate programs leading to professional degree Programs.
- Students in the major must complete a minimum of 39 semester credit hours in political science, including 21 hours in the political science core. Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all political science courses.
- Students in the minor must complete a minimum of 21 semester credit hours in political science, including 9 semester credit hours in the political science core. Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in all political science courses.
- A maximum of six credit hours of POLSC 480 Practicum in Politics and Public Service (1-6 c.h.) may be applied towards the 39 hours required for the major, or three credit hours towards the 21 hours required for the minor.
- Depending on individual interests and goals, students are encouraged to take one year of world language, courses in statistics, and PHIL 204 Critical Reasoning (3 c.h.).
Required Core Requirements for the Political Science Major
|POLSC 101||American National Politics||3|
|POLSC 201||International Relations||3|
|POLSC 202||Comparative Politics||3|
|POLSC 250||Research Methods in Political Science||3|
|POLSC 370||Western Political Thought||3|
|POLSC 480||Practicum in Politics and Public Service||3|
|or POLSC 492||Research|
|American Politics - Select one of the following:||3|
|Political Attitudes and Behavior|
|Media, Politics, and Power|
|The American Presidency|
|The U.S. Congress|
|International Relations - Select one of the following:||3|
|U.S. Foreign and Security Policy|
|Comparative Politics - Select one of the following:||3|
|Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict|
|Democracy and Dictatorship|
|States, Citizens and Human Rights|
|Public Policy/Public Administrations - Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Public Admin.|
|Select two political science electives 1||6|
You may take any lower or upper division political science classes that were not taken to meet the above requirements.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
To prepare students majoring in the discipline to:
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of historical, philosophical and empirical foundations of political science;
- Demonstrate a general command of knowledge about the American political system, global studies, the history of political thought, and standard political science research approaches; and
- Demonstrate an ability to continue personal study and learning on an independent basis about specific subjects in the discipline.
To prepare students minoring in the discipline to:
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature of the discipline, and
- Demonstrate a general knowledge and understanding of the American political system and of global studies.
Expected Student Outcomes for the Political Science Program
(KO1) Students should have factual knowledge of many aspects of politics and government that are central objects of study in each of the subfields in political science (American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory).
(KO2) Students should be able to explain core debates (or scholarly theories and perspectives) in the subfields of political science.
(WO1) Students should be able to write papers on topics in political science that (a) exhibit clear prose and correct grammar and (b) present a central argument in a clear and coherent structure or fashion.
Critical Thinking Outcome:
(CTO1) Students should be able to identify and critique the assumptions, logic, and evidence in both scholarly and lay political arguments.
(CTO2) Students should be able to use empirical observations and analytical reasoning to articulate and defend compelling, non-fallacious arguments.
Outcomes Assessment Activities for the Political Science Program
The faculty of the Political Science program use a variety of methods for evaluating the student learning outcomes. These include an assessment of each student learning outcome in the political science senior seminar and a completed student exit survey in the senior seminar.