• Political Science, BA requires 120 credit hours.
  • 36 of 120 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher.
  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA in major, minor, and overall.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of HPE may count in degree requirements.
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • No more than 60 credit hours from a two-year school can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
 
Freshman Composition6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING II
Humanities and Fine Arts12
12 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts chosen from the following categories below
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Literature: Choose one or two3-6
Students must have a two course sequence in either Literature or History.
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts: Choose one or two3-6
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
THEATRE APPRECIATION
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Any WLC 100 or 200 level except for WLC 204
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
Mathematics and Natural Sciences11
Mathematics: Choose one3-4
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Choose two8
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC III
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences12
12 hours of History and Social and Behavioral Sciences chosen from the following categories below
History: Choose one or two3-6
Students must have a sequence in either History or Literature
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two or three6-9
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
Pre-Professional10
Any WLC 100 or 200 level except for WLC 204
Pre-professional electives: Choose 7 credit hours from the approved list above in Humanities, Fine Arts, Mathematics, History, Science, or Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Political Science Courses36
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRO TO STATE & LOCAL GOVT
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
CLASSI POLITI PHILOSOPHY
MODERN POLITICAL PHILOSO
SENIOR SEMINAR
PSC Elective 100+
Choose four PSC Electives 300+
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
Minor Courses18
Elective Courses
Elective hours vary by program, see advisor.
Total Semester Hours120
 

Students with a major in Political Science must choose either a minor from another discipline or 21 semester hours of cognate studies involving courses from two or more disciplines, of which 12 semester hours must be in upper-level courses with a minimum of six semester hours from each discipline. Students are advised to officially declare a major and to obtain a Program of Study by the beginning of the sophomore year, if not before. Students may initiate a Program of Study by meeting with an advisor in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (Morton Hall 336). After the Program of Study is completed, a Political Science academic advisor will be assigned to the student and will meet with him or her in the Program of Study development process. Transfer students are advised to consult with the chair of the department before scheduling courses. 

JUMP Program in Political Science

Through the Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) undergraduate students majoring in Political Science may take up to 12 semester hours of approved courses at the graduate level while completing their BA degrees. These courses double-count toward both the BA in Political Science and the MA in Public Affairs (public policy) degrees at UAH, allowing students to earn their MA degree more rapidly.

Students admitted to the JUMP program continue to pay undergraduate tuition for the graduate courses they take as part of the program, do not have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and do not have to pay a Graduate School application fee.

Students must apply and be accepted into the program, before they may take coursework that will count toward both degree programs. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have advanced Sophomore or Junior standing
  • Have a GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Have completed at least nine semester hours of PSC coursework at UAH, with at least six semester hours at the 300-level or above
Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
Math  3
Fine Arts  3
PSC 101INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 3
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 13
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
Humanities  3
PSC 103INTRO TO STATE LOCAL GOVT 3
Science w/Lab  4
Social/Behavioral Science  3
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 2
Fall
WLC 101  3
EH 207READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I 3
  or EH 208  or READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2 
PSC 102INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS 3
Social/Behavioral Science  3
Science w/Lab  4
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 207READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I 3
  or EH 208  or READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2 
PSC 260INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 3
HY 103WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 3
  or HY 104  or WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500 
Area V Courses  6
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 3
Fall
SOC 303STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES 3
  or PY 300  or PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS 
HY 103WORLD HISTORY TO 1500 3
  or HY 104  or WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500 
Area V Course  3
PSC 330CLASSI POLITI PHILOSOPHY 3
  or PSC 332  or MODERN POLITICAL PHILOSO 
Minor Course  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
PSC 300+ Courses  6
Minor Courses  6
Elective  3
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Year 4
Fall
PSC 484SENIOR SEMINAR 3
PSC 300+ Courses  6
Minor Courses  6
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
Minor Courses  6
PSC Elective  3
Electives  6
 Term Semester Hours: 15
 Total Semester Hours: 120