Academics

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

Political Science

The Political Science 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 Political Science requires the completion of 36 hours in the discipline: GOVT 101, 250, 252, 355, 391, 416, 302 or 457 or 458, 399 or 400, 412 or 413 or 414, and 9 hours of Political Science electives at the 300+ level. No more than 6 hours of internship credit may be applied toward the requirements for a major in Political Science. A minor from another field of interest is encouraged. International Studies, History, Sociology, and Pre-law are the most common minors. All Political Science 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 political science courses and full course descriptions, check out the catalog.
Find out more about the political science 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 political science since it is by far the most common major of those admitted into law school. We have recently placed students into the law programs at Southern University, Louisiana State University, Loyola, and the University of Southern California, often with scholarships. 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

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES MINOR

The university awards a minor in international studies to students who successfully complete. It is a particularly good choice for Political Science and Sociology majors.

18 semester hours, including Geography 104 and 15 semester hours to be chosen from the humanities, social sciences and business concentrations listed below. The 15 hours require successful completion of:
six semester hours from two of the three concentrations listed below
and three semester hours from the remaining concentration.

Required Course

Geography 104 — World Regional Geography (3)

Humanities Concentration

Art 383 — Art History Survey (1900-Present) (3)
**English 410 — World Literature I (3)
**English 411 — World Literature II (3)
History 307 — Modern East Asia (3)
History 309 — Modern Middle East and South Asia (3)
History 334 — 20th Century Europe (3)
History 382 — English History (3)
History 393 — French History (3)
**History 400 — Russian History (3)
History 425 — Hitler and Nazi Germany (3)

Social Sciences Concentration

Government 331 — Topics and Dynamics of Third World Politics (3)
Government 391 — International Relations and Politics (3)
Government 416 — Comparative Government (3)
Government 421 — American Foreign Policy (3)
Sociology 324 — Social Stratification (3)
Sociology 360 — Population Demographics and Dynamics (3)
Sociology 372 — Special Topics: Dynamics of Change in Latin America (3)
Sociology 391 — Racial and Ethnic Relations (3)
Sociology 404 — Social and Cultural Change (3)
Sociology 405 — Globalization (3)

Business Concentration

Agricultural Science 105 — World Agriculture (3)
**Economics 435 — Principles of International Trade (3)
**Finance 450 — International France (3)
**Marketing 475 — Global Marketing (3)
Petroleum Services Technology 302 — Intercultural Communication (3)

** requires prerequisite(s)