Montana State University

Political Science

Department of Political Science

http://www.montana.edu/wwwpo/

Bachelors of Arts in Political Science

The study of Political Science gives the student an understanding of politics, government, and public affairs. Political Science graduates develop a coherent and reasoned knowledge about governance, political behavior, and public administration. This degree prepares students to be part of an informed national and global citizenry. Political Science provides an excellent academic background for students preparing for careers in law, public service, journalism, non-profits, and many private sectors jobs. Students are encouraged to participate in our internship program to practice and expand skills gained in the classroom. The internship program gives students the opportunity to earn credit for on-the-job experience with government agencies, Members of Congress and state legislature, and non-profit agencies.

Requirements for a degree in Political Science include:

  1. Completion of five Political Science foundation courses with a grade of "C" or better;
  2. Breadth requirement: Taking one course in each of four options, including Analysis and Policy, International Relations, Political Theory, and Political Institutions;
  3. Specialization: Choosing one option and taking two more courses in that option along with an associated skills class;
  4. Completion of a senior research project (PSCI 499R);
  5. Completion of MSU general graduation requirements of 120 credits, including 42 upper division credits, and the MSU core.

Political Institutions Option
For students with an interest in political institutions, including legislative, executive and judicial branches, who wish to obtain a sound background in how political systems operate. This option includes courses on the American political system. The skills requirement is PSCI 310.

International Relations Option
Offering a sound background in international relations theory, international institutions, international policy and international political economy. The skills requirement is proficiency in a foreign language.

Policy and Analysis Option
This option develops skills in the analysis of public policies and knowledge of the policy process. The skills requirement is PSCI 310.

Political Theory Option
For students who wish to pursue key questions of political theory, including questions about rights, identity, virtue, gender, knowledge, and justice, among others. The skills requirement is Introduction to Logic (PHL 236Q).

Curriculum
Before a Political Science major may enroll in any upper division course, the student is expected to have achieved a grade of "C" or better in the five Political Science foundation courses.


Degree Requirements for Political Science

First: Take all of the following foundation courses:

  • PSCI 200 Intro to Conducting Political Inquiry
  • PSCI 210IS Introduction to American Government
  • PSCI 214IS Principles of Political Science or
          PSCI 240 Intro to Public Administration
  • PSCI 230D Into to International Relations
  • ECNS 101IS The Economic Way of Thinking

Second: Take one course in each of the following four options; then choose one option and take two more courses in that option along with an associated skills class;

Political Institutions

  • PSCI 302 Media and Politics
  • PSCI 306 Legislative Process
  • PSCI 341 Political Parties and Elections
  • PSCI 346 American Presidency
  • PSCI 444 Congressional Campaigns
  • PSCI 471 American Constitutional Law
  • Skills Course: PSCI 310 Applied Political Analysis

International Relations

  • PSCI 331 International Relations Theory
  • PSCI 406 Political Economy of Energy
  • PSCI 418 The Politics of War and Peace
  • PSCI 423 The Politics of Development
  • PSCI 434 International Law
  • PSCI 436 Politics of Food and Hunger
  • PSCI 437 International Political Economy
  • PSCI 439 International Human Rights
  • Skills Course: Proficiency in a foreign language

Policy and Analysis

Political Theory

Third: take your senior thesis class

Political Science Non-Teaching Minor

To earn a Political Science Non-teaching Minor, a minimum of 21 credit hours are required, with 9 credits from classes 300 level and above.

Take 4 of the following:

  • PSCI 200 Intro to Conducting Political Inquiry
  • PSCI 210IS Introduction to American Government
  • PSCI 214IS Principles of Political Science or
          PSCI 240 Intro to Public Administration
  • PSCI 230D Into to International Relations
  • ECNS 101IS The Economic Way of Thinking

AND take at least 3 upper division Political Science classes.


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