Requirements and Course Descriptions

POLS Advising Sheet 2 Yr. Course Rotation (AY 2015-2017) POLS Course Descriptions


The B.A. in Political Science from Concordia University Texas will prepare graduates to be professionally literate in the fields of law, politics, research, leadership and analytical reasoning. In this degree, there are 47 hours of required coursework which includes political science, economics, and behavioral sciences courses, a thesis, scientific methods, and at least three semesters of practicum and/or service experience.

Competencies and Objectives: Consistent with the goals, mission, and objectives of Concordia University Texas and the College of Liberal Arts, this degree has four main competency areas that will be satisfied as the student matriculates through the degree program. The four competency areas are:

  1. political processes (p),
  2. analytical thinking and social empathy (a),
  3. Christian leadership and political craft (l),
  4. and research writing (r).

These competencies will be evaluated and assessed on a per-course basis with in a fashion that has been both vetted and approved by various institutional stakeholders.

Political Science

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following in addition to the Concordia Common Experience curriculum and major requirements:

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements

3 hours from one of the following courses:

    • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism
    • HIS 2321 Western Civilization to 1715
    • HIS 2322 Western Civilizations from 1715
    • HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture
    • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
    • HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilizations
    • HON 3311 Critical Thinking about Great Texts
    • PHL 3301 Survey of Western Philosophy

Modern or Classical Language

Complete two consecutive terms (at least six credit hours) of a non-English language.

Supporting Course Requirements: (12 hours)

    • ECO 2301 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    • ENG 3311 Advanced Writing
    • COM X3XX Any Upper-Level COM course
    • REL X3XX Any Upper-Level REL course

Political Science Major Courses: (37 hours)

Lower Level

    • SOC 2341 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    • SOC 2491 Research Methods and Scientific Writing
    • POLS 3323 Principles of Political Science

Upper Level

    • POLS 3332 American Political Institutions Process
    • POLS 3333 International Relations Comparative Politics
    • POLS 3334 Political Philosophies Ideologies
    • POLS 4335 POLS Leadership Capstone
    • POLS 4136 POLS Undergraduate Thesis (Must be taken twice)

Plus three courses from the following (cannot be taken simultaneously). Students must take at least two different types of courses [3 hours]:

    • POLS 2310 Government Internship [1-3 hour]
    • POLS 2116 Political Science Mock Practicum (May be repeated three (3) times if once is in a different area, i.e. Moot Court and MOAS)
    • SVL XXXX Service Learning Field Experience
    • XXX 3398 National/International Travel

Plus 3 Political Science courses. The substitution of one non-Political Science class is allowed with the consent of the Political Science director of major [9 hours.]:

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Elective Hours

A sufficient number of credit hours to bring the total number of hours to 128, of which 39 must be upper level.


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