What is Political Science?
Political science is the study of politics and government, both in the United States and around the world. Political science majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring topics such as the philosophies on which governments have been founded, the ways in which citizens affect and are affected by their governments and relationships within the international community.
Political science majors typically possess (or are willing to develop) the strong analytical skills necessary for interpreting and evaluating arguments. Most like to read and succeed when asked to work independently. Political science students also enjoy vigorous in-class discussion and like to apply their learning to real-world problems as well as to theoretical concerns. Consequently, political science majors enjoy researching and debating different points of view on wide-ranging issues involving politics and public affairs.
Like students who graduate with other liberal arts majors, graduates with a BA in political science are prepared for many different career options. While many political science majors use their degree to prepare for law school and eventual legal careers, other students establish careers in:
- state, local and federal government
- party politics
- secondary education
- public relations
Majors also pursue graduate degrees in political science, becoming professors and researchers in colleges and universities.
Minoring in Political Science
Students minoring in political science must complete a total of 21 hours with no less than a 2.0 grade point average.
I. Four Introductory Courses (12 hours from the following):
- POL 1010 - Introduction to American Politics
- POL 1040 - Introduction to Political Theory
- POL 1060 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
- POL 1080 - Introduction to International Relations
II. Six Upper Level Courses (9 hours in Political Science at the 2000-level and above)
A&S College Core Requirements
Applies to all A&S baccalaureate seeking students.
Minimum Grade: C
Minimum Grade: C
BOK requirement. May choose non-lab option
BOK requirement. Two years of one language or its equivalent If student opted for 3 credits per term for 4 terms for foreign language requirement, will take second year of language. If completed 5 credits per term option, free elective credit or other requirement can be taken instead. Credit Hours: 10 – 12
|10 - 12|
BOK requirement. Can be either HU or FA
College requirement. Look for “Interdisciplinary” Attribute. Course may count towards another requirement.
Freshman Seminar (FYE)
College requirement for first time baccalaureate seeking students. Selection varies; check with your College Advisor for options. Course may count towards another requirement.
College requirement. Look for any of the following Attributes: “International/Education Abroad”, “Internship”, “Transformational”, “Research” or “Service Learning”. Course may count towards another requirement.
BOK requirement. At least 3 credits must be in an A&S discipline; 3 credits in each of two different departments. POL majors may nor satisfy this requirement through completion of POL courses.
Contemporary Topics (Social and Ethical Issues or Technology & Innovation)
BOK requirement. Can be either SE or TI. Course may count towards another requirement.
Historical Perspective (HIST)
BOK requirement. Look for HIST discipline designation
Students must complete enough free electives along with required coursework to earn 120 semester credits required from graduation.
Area of Emphasis - American Politics
Students must complete a minimum of one course from the following.
|POL4010||Individual Work: American Politics||1 - 4|
|POL3015||Religion & Politics||3|
|POL2019||The American Presidency||3|
|POL2017||Government & Politics of Ohio||3|
|POL2018||Interest Group Politics and Lobbying||3|
|POL3034||Emergency Management Policy & Administration||3|
|POL3016||Polls, Elections, and American Politics||3|
|POL2012||Political Parties in America||3|
|POL2026||Introduction to Public Administration||3|
|POL2011||Elections in America||3|
|POL2021||American Courts + Judicial Process||3|
|POL3022||Constitutional Law: Civil Rights + Liberties||3|
|POL2015||Women and Politics||3|
|POL2020||The American Congress||3|
|POL2055||Win! How to Use Politics to Achieve Your Personal and Organizational Agenda||3|
|POL3021||Constitutional Law: Federal System||3|
|POL2014||Sports and Politics||3|
|POL2010||Public Opinion & American Politics||3|
|POL2035||Cybersecurity: National and International Strategy and Policy||3|
|POL2016||State and Local Government||3|
|POL2022||The Politics of Law and Religion in the United States||3|
|POL2023||Media and Politics in the United States||3|
|POL3012||Multicultural Politics and Women's Rights||3|
|COMM4028||Campaign Communication and Women in Elective Politics||3|
|IT5035C||Cyberattack Red Team Collaborative Seminar||3|
|POL5111||Politics and the Public||3|
|POL5115||Polls, Elections, and Public Opinion||3|
Area of Emphasis - Capstone Requirement
Any 5035C, 5100-level POL ; Senior Thesis 5000+5001* or 7000-level graduate seminar may also satisfy (see advisor). A 5100-level POL counts only once toward the 27-credits required in Areas of Emphasis; the can also satisfy a requirement in one of the individual Areas (e.g., American Politics, Comparative Politics, or International Relations) and the capstone requirement at the same time. Students can complete multiple 5100-level es; only one will serve as a capstone.
Area of Emphasis - Comparative Politics
Students must complete one course minimum from the following
|POL3063||Politics on film||3|
|POL3061||Knowledge is power||3|
|POL3069||South Asian Women: Politics, Culture, Identity||3|
|POL2065||Politics of Latin America||3|
|POL2074||Politics of Russia||3|
|POL3037||Women and Global Issues||3|
|POL2064||Politics of South Asia||3|
|POL3060||Comparative Political Analysis||3|
|POL3062||Global religion and politics||3|
|POL2071||Politics of the Middle East||3|
|POL2063||Politics of China||3|
|POL4060||Individual Work: Comparative Politics||1 - 4|
|POL2072||Iran: Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations||3|
|POL2077||Politics of Europe||3|
|POL2069||Politics of Developing Countries||3|
|POL3076||Politics of the European Union||3|
|POL2076||PoliSciFi: Political Science through Fiction and Film||3|
|AIST2078||Japan: Society, Government and the Economy||3|
|POL5161||Power and Democracy||3|
|POL5164||South Asia and the world||3|
|POL5165||Women and sustainable development||3|
|POL5168||Nation, Race, Identity||3|
|POL5176||The New Europe||3 - 5|
|POL5177||Europe vs America: Challenges in Trans-Atlantic Relations||3 - 5|
Area of Emphasis - International Relations
Students must complete one course minimum from the following.
|POL2081||Globalization and Politics||3|
|POL2082||US Foreign Policy: Institutions, Process, and Policy||3|
|POL6089||The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention||4|
|POL3082||Alignment and Alliances in International Relations||3|
|POL3090||Conflict in International Relations||3|
|POL3081||Politics of Global Economic Affairs||3|
|POL3089||Ethics, Violence, and War||3|
|POL4080||Individual Work: International Relations||1 - 4|
|POL3093||Nuclear Proliferation and Arms Control||3|
|POL2090||International Political and Economic Relations in Asia||3|
|POL3086||War, Peace, Security, and Conflict in Asia||3|
|POL2085||Terrorism and Insurgency||3|
|POL3091||War and Security||3|
|POL3087||Regional Politics in Asia||3|
|POL2084||US Political Intelligence/Counterintelligence||3|
|POL3033||Global Biodiversity: Law and Policy||3|
|POL3080||Approaches to International Politics||3|
|POL3084||International Relations of East Asia||3|
|POL2080||America and the World||3|
|POL2088||International Law and Organization||3|
|POL2089||International Human Rights||3|
|POL2083||US National Security: Institutions, Process, and Policy||3|
|POL3083||China and the World||3|
|POL3085||American Grand Strategy||3|
|POL2091||War and Security||3|
|POL2093||Rising China in World Politics||3|
|POL2096||Global Gender Politics||3|
|POL2097||International Institutions: Responding to Global Threats||3 - 5|
|POL3032||Global Environmental Law and Policy||3|
|POL3037||Women and Global Issues||3|
|WGS4041||Gender, Sexuality, and Development||3|
|POL5131||Global Health and Diplomacy||3|
|POL5181||Inequalities and Resistances in the Global Political Economy||3|
|POL5183||China and America: Challenges and Opportunities||3|
|POL5184||International Crisis Decisionmaking||3|
|POL5185||American Grand Strategy||3|
|POL5189||The Politics of Humanitarian Intervention||3|
|POL5193||Nuclear Proliferation, Arms Control, and International Security||3|
Area of Emphasis - Political Theory
Students must complete one course minimum from the following..
|POL4040||Individual Work: Political Theory||1 - 4|
|POL3043||Citizenship and Terrorism||3|
|POL2045||American Political Thought||3|
|POL2040||Development of Political Thought||3|
|POL3041||Marx and the Marxist Tradition||3|
|POL5132||Politics and the Built Environment||3|
Areas of Emphasis
27 semester hours, including at least one course from each of the four sub-fields below, as well as a capstone. Please note that the capstone requirement can be fulfilled in 3 different ways: (1) the student can take any 5100-level POL (note that effective Fall 2016 undergraduate students cannot sign up for 6000-level POL courses anymore); (2) the student can complete the senior thesis sequence (POL 5000 and 5001); (3) the student can take a 7000-level POL graduate seminar. The fulfillment of capstone requirement described in Section III below counts toward the total of 27 semester hours, as do any electives from Sections IV and V.
Important Areas of Emphasis Information
The following courses in each Area are subject to department’s approval; please check in with Undergraduate Director or Achievement Coordinator for further details. American Politics - POL4010 Political Theory - POL4040 Comparative Politics - POL4060 International Relations - POL4080
Major Core Requirements
Political Science majors must complete a total of 42 semester hours in required and POL elective courses with a 2.0 GPA.
Optional POL Electives
POL 1090; POL Individual Work (4004, 4010, 4040, 4060, 4080); POL 4004, POL 4090 (Internship Practicum); Honors Special Topics Courses (e.g. HNRS 3090, HNRD 3098-99, etc). No more than 3 credit hours each of Individual Work or Internship Practicum, nor a total of more than 9 hours in all “optional POL electives” course work listed in this section, will normally be applied toward major coursework
Political Science Statistics Requirement
Students must complete the following six semester credits. This meets an A&S Core and a University General Education requirement -- Quantitative Reasoning (QR BOK). Exceptions can be granted with Undergraduate Director's permission.
|POL3001C||Quantitative Research and Data Analysis||3|
Students must complete one of the following courses... STAT1031 Introduction to Statistics, STAT1034 Elementary Statistics I or STAT1035 Elementary Statistics II.
Required Introductory Courses in Political Science
Students must complete the following 12 semester credits.
|POL1010||Introduction to American Politics||3|
|POL1040||Introduction to Political Theory||3|
|POL1060||Introduction to Comparative Politics||3|
|POL1080||Introduction to International Relations||3|
Required Political Inquiry Course
Students must complete the following unless POL3000 was completed prior to Fall semester 2016.
|POL1001||Power and Politics: Understanding the Political World||3|
Washington Center Internship
See program director when planning for Washington Center; up to 6 credits can be applied toward major requirements.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
University of Cincinnati 3 + 3 Law School Admissions
This major welcomes eligible students who would like to earn a bachelor’s degree and a UC law degree in just six years, saving a year of tuition and time over the traditional path to becoming a lawyer. Students will receive careful advising to complete their major and A&S core degree requirements in 3 years. More information is available here.
Students in UC's College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
Political science majors benefit from the active research mission of the department, including not only faculty scholarship but also a vibrant graduate program, both of which enhance the learning environment for undergraduates. In conjunction with the political science major, the department administers certificate programs in security studies (international and homeland security) and international human rights. The department also enjoys long-standing research excellence in political behavior, public opinion polling, survey research and other areas of American politics.
Political science majors belong to the Political Science Student Association and the undergraduate chapters of the national law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and the national honor society in political science Pi Sigma Alpha.
Students are also eligible to apply for grants for research and travel from The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center.
Special programs include honors, independent study, internships, credit for approved field projects in the metropolitan area and competitive congressional internships in Washington, D.C.
Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.
Transferring to UC Requirements
Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.
Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:
- 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
- at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
Transfer students should apply using our transfer student online application
University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.
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Changing Majors within UC Requirements
Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.
To graduate from the UC College of Arts and Sciences, students must:
- Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
- Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
- Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
- Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the university.
- Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
- Complete the College Core Requirements.
- Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.
While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science
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