Political Science
 

Political Science

Political Science
BA
Hours44 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

The Political Science Department requires a minimum of 27 hours of political science courses to be taken in residency at BYU for this degree program (BYU Independent Study courses do not meet this requirement). These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
requirement 3 Complete 1 course
Introductory Research and Writing. (Note: This course is a prerequisite to many other courses and should be taken as soon as possible.)
requirement 4 Complete 1 course
Research Project. (Note: This course should be taken as soon as possible after POLI 200 because it will provide skills for many other courses. In combination with POLI 200, it fulfills the University Core Advanced Written and Oral Communication requirement.)
requirement 6 Complete 1 option
Professional Tracks. Complete 15 credit hours in political science courses, or complete 15 credit hours within one of the following tracks. (No double-counting of major courses allowed.)
option 6.1 Complete 3 groups
INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY AND DIPLOMACY TRACK:
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to complete international internships, field studies, and mentored research. Some study abroad programs may also be helpful.
Note: Students should contact the Political Science Internship Director, Scott Dunaway (945 KMBL, 801-422-2168), at least 60-90 days before the anticipated internship start date or before beginning the search for an internship.
option 6.2 Complete 2 groups
LEGAL STUDIES TRACK:
Note: Up to 3 credit ours of STDEV can count for the Legal Studies track.
Note: Internships and mentored research must be related to legal studies to count for the Legal Studies track.
option 6.3 Complete 1 group
POLITICAL STRATEGY TRACK:
group 6.3.1 Complete 15.0 hours from the following course(s)
Note: Internships and mentored research must be related to political strategy to count for the Political Strategy track.
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take one of the following methods courses in the Analytical and Professional Skills requirement: POLI 301, 302, 304, 305, 428.
Note: Students may count up to 6 credit hours of POLI 399R (internship credit) in the track.
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to complete internships, work on political campaigns, and gain other practical political experience.
Note: Students should contact the Political Science Internship Director, Scott Dunaway (945 KMBL, 801-422-2168), at least 60-90 days before the anticipated internship start date or before beginning the search for an internship.
option 6.4 Complete 2 groups
RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS TRACK:
group 6.4.2 Complete 6.0 hours from the following course(s)
option 6.5 Complete 2 groups
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT TRACK:
group 6.5.1 Complete 1 course
group 6.5.2 Complete 12.0 hours from the following course(s)
Note: Internships and mentored research must be related to global development to count for the Global Development track (i.e. international development organization or in developing countries).
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to complete international internships and mentored field research.
Note: Students should contact the Political Science Internship Director, Scott Dunaway (945 KMBL, 801-422-2168), at least 60-90 days before the anticipated internship start date or before beginning the search for an internship.
option 6.6 Complete 15.0 hours from the following course(s)
15 HOURS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES:
POLI 499 - (Not currently offered)
requirement 7 Complete 6.0 hours from the following course(s)
Complete 6 additional upper-division credit hours from the Political Science courses below.
POLI 499 - (Not currently offered)
1. 27 hours of political science courses must be taken in residency at BYU (BYU Independent Study courses do not meet this requirement). These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
2. Poli 101R and 297R do not count toward the major or any minor offered by the department.
3. Only 6 hours of Poli 399R (internship credit) may count toward the major.
4. No cooperative education (internship) credit from other universities or colleges will be accepted toward the major.
5. All students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship. Established programs are available through Washington Seminar, Utah State Legislature, or the Kennedy Center. [Students should contact the Political Science Internship Director, Scott Dunaway (945 KMBL, 801-422-2168), at least 60-90 days before the anticipated internship start date or before beginning the search for an internship.]
6. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the American Government and/or Comparative Government AP exams may substitute AP credit for Poli 110 or Poli 150, respectively.
7. We strongly encourage students to take Poli 298R, a career lecture series course.
Program Outcomes: 

1. Understand Political Science and Its Subfields

Demonstrate advanced understanding of the discipline of political science, including familiarity with each of the four major subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy.

2. Employ Rigorous Research Methods

Use rigorous methods of research design and analysis to answer political questions, including multiple research methodologies

3. Write and Speak with Originality and Clarity

Write and speak with originality and clarity, providing reasons and evidence to support claims using proper citation of source material.

4. Think Critically and Analytically about Politics

Think critically and analytically about government, political processes, and political theories, including the components of a good society.

5. Collaborate Effectively

Collaborate effectively with others, including participation in political processes and engagement on issues of political importance.