Political Science

Political Science

Political Science
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 21.0 hours from the following course(s)
POLI 499 - (Not currently offered)
2. POLI 101R and POLI 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 (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. Only 6 hours of POLI 497R (Mentored Research) may count toward the major.
8. We strongly encourage students to take POLI 398, 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.