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Political Science

Department of Political Science

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The study of political science gives the student an understanding of politics, government, as well as national and international affairs. Political science graduates develop a coherent and reasoned knowledge respecting government law, governance, political behavior, and public administration. In additions, they are prepared 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, teaching, as well as many private sector jobs. The department has a prelaw advisor and a collection of current law school catalogues and offers the opportunity of prelaw internships to qualified students. In addition to classroom work, the political science program encourages students to gain practical experience through its legislative and public affairs intern program. The intern program gives students the opportunity to earn university credit for on-the-job experience with state and local government agencies, law firms, the Congress, state legislatures, and with public policy groups. In order to graduate, all students are expected to successfully complete the five political science foundation courses (PSCI 210, 260, 214, 230, 200). Junior or senior standing is required for many upper division courses; students should read course descriptions carefully for prerequisites.

Students select the Analysis and Policy option or the International Relations option and complete the requisite courses.

The Analysis and Policy Option places emphasis on public policy analysis, American political institutions, and political theory. Students who select this option will complete the required 15 credits of foundational courses, 33 credits of advanced political science courses, ECNS 101 or 201 (101 will satisfy the Inquiry Social Science core requirement) and, the Research and Creativity Capstone (also a core requirement). In addition, they will also complete two upper division courses (6 credits) in one of the following areas: Economics, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Geography, or as approved by an advisor.

The International Relations option is for students with an interest in international relations who wish to acquire a sound background in the fundamentals of IR theory, international institutions, international policy, and international political economy. Completion of the IR option requires 15 credits of foundational courses, 18 credits of advanced political science subfield courses, 12 credits in advanced International Relations courses, ECNS 101 or 201 (101 will satisfy the Inquiry Social Science core requirement) and, the Research and Creativity Capstone (also a core requirement). An additional 12 credits of additional upper level courses dealing with international politics, and competency in a foreign language to the intermediate level are also required.

Curriculum in Political Science



ANALYSIS AND POLICY OPTION

Freshman Year
PSCI 210IS (F,S,Su)--Intro to American Government. 3
PSCI 260 (F)--Intro to State and Local Govt 3
One of the Following: 3
     PSCI 214IS (F)--Principles of Political Sci
     PSCI 240(F,S,Su)--Intro to Public Administration 3
PSCI 230D(F,S,Su)--Intro to International Rel 3
PSCI 200 (S)--Intro to Condctng Pol Inquiry 3
CLS 101US--College Seminar 3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
M 145Q--Math for Liberal Arts    3
University Core and Electives 6
30
Sophomore Year
One of the Following: 3
     ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking
     ECNS 202--Principles of Macroeconomics
PSCI 310--Statistical Tech in Pol Sci 3
Two of the Following: 6
     PSCI 451--Ancient & Medieval Pol Phil
     PSCI 354.--Contemp Issues in Pol Theory
     PSCI 352--American Political Thought
     PSCI 341--Political Parties and Elections
     PSCI 302--Media & Politics
University Core and Electives 15
30
Junior & Senior Years
PSCI 365--Public Policy Issues and Analysis 3
Two of the Following: 6
     PSCI 436--Politics of Food and Hunger
     PSCI 441 --Montana Local Politics
Two of the Following: 6
     PSCI 346--American Presidency
     PSCI 306--Legislative Process
     PSCI 471--American Constitutional Law
Two of the Following: 6
     PSCI 331--International Relations Theory
     PSCI 434--International Law
     PSCI 439--International Human Rights
     PSCI 437--International Political Econ
     PSCI 435--Globalization and Politics
University Core and Electives 33
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International Relations Option

Freshman Year
PSCI 210IS (F,S,Su)--Intro to American Government 3
PSCI 260 (F)--Intro to State and Local Govt 3
One of the Following: 3
     PSCI 214IS (F)--Principles of Political Sci
     PSCI 230D (F,S,Su)--Intro to International Rel 3
PSCI 200(S)--Intro to Condcting Pol Inquiry 3
CLS 101US--College Seminar 3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
M 145Q--Math for Liberal Arts    3
University Core and Electives 6
30
Sophomore Year
One of the Following: 3
     ECNS 101IS--Economic Way of Thinking
     ECNS 202--Principles of Macroeconomics
PSCI 310--Statistical Tech in Pol Sci 3
Two of the Following: 6
     PSCI 451--Ancient & Medieval Pol Phil
     PSCI 354--Contemp Issues in Pol Theory
     PSCI 352--American Political Thought
One of the Following: 3
     PSCI 341--Political Parties and Elections
     PSCI 302--Media & Politics
University Core and Electives 15
30
Junior & Senior Years
One of the Following: 3
     PSCI 310--Statistical Tech in Pol Sci
     PSCI 365--Public Policy Issues and Analysis
Two of the Following: 6
     PSCI 346--American Presidency
     PSCI306--Legislative Process
     PSCI 471--American Constitutional Law
Four of the Following: 12
     PSCI 331--International Relations Theory
     PSCI 434--International Law
     PSCI 439--International Human Rights
     PSCI 437--International Political Econ
     PSCI 435--Globalization and Politics
IR Electives* 12
University Core and Electives 24
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*IR students must take four additional courses in international relations from the following list or as approved by the IR advisor: ECNS 314, ECNS3 17, SOCI 370, HSTR 376, 345, 431, 433, 486

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. No political science course may be counted in more than one upper division subfield requirement.  Political science majors must fulfill social science Inquiry and Diversity University Core requirements outside of the PSCI rubric. Before a political science major may enroll in any upper division political science course, the student must have achieved a grade of "C" or better in all courses required for the political science major. To be credited toward graduation, a student must not earn less than a "C" in any upper division political science course being counted toward graduation requirements in the discipline. 


POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Credits
PSCI 210IS--Introduction to American Government.

3

PSCI 214IS--Principles of Political Science

3

PSCI 230D--Introduction to International Relations

3

Take four of the following:
     PSCI 341--Political Parties and Elections

3

     PSCI 306--Legislative Process

3

     PSCI 353--Classical Political Thought

3

     PSCI 323--Modern Political Thought

3

     PSCI 354--Contemporary Issues in Political Theory

3

     PSCI 434--International Law

3

     PSCI 439--International Human Rights

3

    

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