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Areas A-E (See Core section of the Catalog)

42 semester hours

Area F

18 semester hours


Selections (6-12 hours) from:

POLS 2101

Introduction to Political Science

POLS 2201

State and Local Government

POLS 2350

Introduction to the Law

POLS 2401

International Politics & Issues


Foreign Language (0-9 hours): must show competence at the level of the fourth university course

(FREN, SPAN, GRMN, or JAPN 2002, Intermediate Readings)


Selections (3-9 hours) from the following:

ANTH 1102

Introduction to Anthropology

ANTH 1104

Introduction to Archeology

CRJU 1100

Introduction to Criminal Justice

ECON 2105

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2106

Principles of Microeconomics

GEOG 1101

Introduction to Human Geography

GEOG 1102

World Regional Geography

HIST 1131

World Civilization and Society I

HIST 1132

World Civilization and Society II

HIST 2111

The United States to 1877

HIST 2112

The United States since 1877

IDST 2205

Global Issues and Society

PHIL 2200

Survey of Philosophy

PHIL 2250

Logical and Critical Thinking

PSYC 1101

Intro to General Psychology

PSYC 2101

Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment

SOCI 1121

Sociological Perspectives

SOCI 1160

Introduction to Social Problems


CSCI 1000 Introduction to Computer Science and Applications or CBIS 2215 Introduction to Computer in Business (3 hours)


Math 2600 Probability and Statistics (0-3 hours) (If not used to satisfy core requirements)

(Notes: A course taken to satisfy an Area F requirement may not also be counted to satisfy a Major Requirement. Any transfer student who has not completed the courses in Area F, or their equivalents, must take these courses at GCSU.)

Major Requirements

27 semester hours


At least one course in American government at the 2000 level and above (3 hours)


At least one POLS course in international relations or comparative government at the 2000 level and above (3 hours)


At least one POLS course in political theory (3 hours)


POLS 4000, Systematic Analysis (3 hours)


Additional courses in Political Science (POLS) at the 3000-4000 level (12 hours). Students can use these hours to take a 12-hour concentration in legal studies, international affairs, political theory, or public administration.


Students may count a course in Criminal Justice (CRJU), Sociology (SOCI), History (HIST),Economics (ECON)or Mass Communication (MSCM) at the 3000-4000 level that has not been used to satisfy other major or minor requirements.(0-3 hours)


Successful completion of a senior capstone experience is required. POLS majors can choose among POLS 4920 (Senior Seminar), POLS 4999 (Student Research), and an appropriate study abroad course such as POLS 4509 (European Government Study Abroad). Advisor approval is required. (3 hours)

Degree Requirements

0-14 semester hours

Students must show competence in a foreign language at the level of the fourth university course (2002). (9-12 hours) Political Science majors who take foreign language courses at the university level may count up to three of them (9 hours) in Area F.

Other Requirements

0 semester hours


A grade of C or better must be earned in each course that counts toward major requirements and in the senior capstone.


A minimum of 39 semester hours overall must be at the 3000-4000 level.


The first-year academic seminar must be completed with a satisfactory grade. Students who transfer to GCSU are exempt from this requirement.


No more than one course (3 hours) at the 2000-level may count towards major requirements.


17-33 semester hours

Political Science majors who use Degree Requirement courses in Area F will have the higher number of elective hours.


120 semester hours


Majors in Political Science can choose to take a 12-hour concentration in a particular specialty field, thus allowing students to demonstrate proficiencies that could be helpful in career pursuits and graduate school. The concentrations available are Legal Studies, International Affairs, Political Theory, and Public Administration.

Public Administration Concentration

POLS 3338

Principles of Public Administration

POLS 3241

Urban Government and Administration

POLS 4368

Legal Environment of Public Administration

POLS 4401

Public Policy Making

POLS 4415

Environment Policy

POLS 4471

Urban and Regional Planning

POLS 4581

Bureaucratic Behavior

POLS 4940

Independent Study and/or 4950 Special Topics

Legal Studies Concentration

POLS 3361

Legal Research and Writing (required)

POLS 3363

Civil Law and Civil Practice

POLS 3315

The American Judicial System

POLS 3365

Selected Topics in Legal Studies

POLS 4306

Constitutional Law I

POLS 4307

Constitutional Law II

POLS 4368

Legal Environment of Public Administration

International Affairs Concentration

POLS 3501

Comparative Politics

POLS 3635

National Security Policy

POLS 4503

The Politics of Spain

POLS 4505

Introduction to the European Union

POLS 4531

The Politics of the Middle East

POLS 4541

The Politics of Modern Africa

POLS 4611

Contemporary International Problems

POLS 4621

Comparative Foreign Policy

POLS 4650

Contemporary American Foreign Policy

POLS 4720

The Vietnam War

POLS 4509

European Government and Culture Study Abroad

POLS 4940

Independent Study or 4950 Special Topics (on international relations or comparative government)

Political Theory Concentration

POLS 4110

Political Theory I

POLS 4111

Political Theory II

POLS 4120

American Political Thought I

POLS 4121

American Political Thought II

POLS 4940

Independent Study or 4950 Special Topics (on political theory topic)

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