• 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. 
  • All double counting of classes must be approved through the CAHS Advising Office.
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
 
Area I: Freshman Composition3-6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING I W/STUDIO
COLLEGE WRITING II
ACCELERATED COLLEGE WRITING
HONORS ENGLISH SEMINAR
Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts*12
Fine Arts3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature3-6
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I
HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2
MYTHOLOGY
Humanities and Fine Arts3-6
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG I:RUSSIAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTRO FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG I: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:GERMAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG: JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG:RUSSIAN
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:SPANISH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II: ARABIC
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:FRENCH
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:GERMAN
INTERM FORGN LANG II:JAPANESE
INTERM FOREIGN LANG II:RUSSIAN
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL WORLDS
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO FILM STUDIES
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Area III: Mathematics and Sciences11-12
Mathematics3-4
NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS
FINITE MATHEMATICS
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA
PRECALCULUS TRIGONOMETRY
PRECALCULUS ALGEBRA & TRIG
MATH PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences (Lab)8
SURVEY OF ASTRONOMY
EXPLORING THE COSMOS I
EXPLORING THE COSMOS II
FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY
ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I
INTRO TO CHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
GENERAL, ORGANIC, BIOCHEMISTRY
and INTRO CHEMISTRY LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
WEATHER, CLIMATE & GLOBAL CHNG
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
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB III
Area IV: History and Social and Behavioral Sciences*12
History3-6
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences6-9
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
 
 

* Take either 1 EH (Area II) + 2 HY (Area IV) <OR> 2 EH (Area II) + 1 HY (Area IV). In Area V, take no more than six hours in a single discipline from Areas II, III, or IV.  Area V should cover a breadth of disciplinary study.

Pre-Professional19
WLC 101, 102, 201, or 202
PSC 101, 102, and 103 will double count in Major and Pre-Professional area. No other PSC class may count in Area IV of the GER.
Pre-professional electives: Choose 7 credit hours from the approved list above in Humanities, Fine Arts, Mathematics, History, Science, or Social and Behavioral Sciences. These are additional classes that are not fulfilling the requirements above.
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+
PSC 300INTRO SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTIC3
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 meeting with an advisor in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. 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 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 cumulative 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
PSC 300INTRO SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTIC 3
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