Academics

The Department of Government and Social Sciences offers two Bachelor of Arts degrees:

And one, two-year program

Curriculum


Government

The Government major must complete course work in the four major subfields of the discipline: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. A major in Government requires the completion of 36 hours of Government to include GOVT 101, 250, 252, 355, 391, 416, 302 or 457 or 458, 399 or 400, 412 or 413 or 414, and 9 hours of Government electives at the 300+ level. No more than 6 hours of internship credit may be applied toward the requirements for a major in Government. A minor from another field of interest is encouraged. All Government majors must successfully complete the capstone examination in order to graduate.

  • GOVT 101 – American National Government
  • GOVT 250 – Contemporary Political Ideologies
  • GOVT 252 – State and Local Government
  • GOVT 355 – Political Theory
  • GOVT 302 – American Political Behavior
    or
  • GOVT 457 – The American Congress
    or
  • GOVT 458 – The American Presidency
  • GOVT 412 – Contemporary Political Criticism
    or
  • GOVT 414 – Modern Political Thought
  • GOVT 391 – International Relations and Politics
  • GOVT 416 – Comparative Government
  • GOVT 399 – Civil Liberties
    or
  • GOVT 400 – Constitutional Law
  • GOVT 300+ –  Government Electives (9 hours)

For a complete listing of government courses and full course descriptions, check out the catalog.
Find out more about the government curriculum in the undergraduate catalog.

Sociology

All Sociology majors must pass the Sociology capstone test in order to graduate.

  • SOCI 151 – Introductory Sociology
  • SOCI 201 – Social Problems
    or
  • SOCI 204 – Cultural Diversity in American Society
  • SOCI 205 – Social Research I
  • SOCI – Social Science Elective (3 hours)
  • SOCI 305 – Social Research
  • SOCI 400 – Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 300+ – Sociolology Electives (18 hours)

For a complete listing of sociology courses and full course descriptions, check out the catalog.
Find out more about the sociology curriculum in the undergraduate catalog.

Pre-Law

Most law schools require the baccalaureate degree before admission. The College of Arts and Sciences recommends a degree in government (political science). It is by far the most common major for those who are admitted to law school. In the fall of their senior year prospective law school students should take the Law School Aptitude Test (L.S.A.T.). In addition to the course requirements for the major, students should consider scheduling:

  • FACS 400 – The Family and Law
  • GOVT 399 – Civil Liberties
  • GOVT 400 – Constitutional Law
  • BSAD 221 – Legal Environment of Business
  • BSAD 324 – Commercial Law
  • MACO 370 – Law and Ethics of Mass Communication