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DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE (PSC)

Professor David J. Lanoue, Chairperson
Office: 302 ten Hoor Hall

Requirements for the major in political science. The political science major requires 30 hours, including PSC 101 and two courses from those numbered PSC 201 through PSC 206. Courses must be chosen from at least three subfields of the discipline (as enumerated below). A major comprises at least 30 hours. At least 12 hours of the courses used to complete the major must be numbered at the 300 and 400 level and be taken on campus.

Requirements for the minor in political science. The political science minor requires 18 hours, including PSC 101 and one course from those numbered PSC 201 through PSC 206. Courses must be taken from at least two subfields in the discipline (as enumerated below). At least 6 hours of the courses used to complete the minor must be numbered at the 300 or 400 level and be taken on campus.

Note: Majors and minors are strongly encouraged to complete PSC 101 and the required number of courses from PSC 201PSC 206 prior to enrolling in other political science coursework. The required courses are intended to provide a foundation on which the other courses build.

Subfields of the discipline. The distribution of courses within the subfields is as follows:

On the basis of course content, specified sections of PSC 320, PSC 321, and PSC 422 may be deemed appropriate for credit in a subfield and applied toward subfield distribution requirements. Contact the department for subfield applicability information and credit procedures.

Unless otherwise stated, the prerequisite for enrollment in 300-level courses is at least sophomore standing or the permission of the instructor; and the prerequisite for 400-level courses is at least junior standing or the permission of the instructor.

The Department of Political Science does not have a language requirement for undergraduates. Nevertheless, any major anticipating graduate study is urged to study a modern foreign language.

Special recognition in political science. The department sponsors a local chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. To be eligible for election to Pi Sigma Alpha, a student must have taken at least 12 hours of political science with a 3.3 overall grade point average. At least one course must have been at or above the 300 level. In addition, a student must have a 3.0 overall grade point average for all coursework undertaken prior to the time of election.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Political Science Major
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
PSC 1013
EN 1013
MATH13–4
Natural science4
Foreign language or computer science3–4
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16–17
Second Semester
CourseHours
PSC 201, PSC 202, PSC 203, PSC 204, PSC 205, or PSC 2063
EN 1023
History23
Natural science4
Foreign language or computer science3–4
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16–17
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
PSC 201, PSC 202, PSC 203, PSC 204, PSC 205, or PSC 2063
EN 205 or EN 20923
Humanities23
Social and behavioral sciences23
Computer science or elective3
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Political science elective3
EN 206 or EN 21023
Fine arts23
Minor3
Elective3
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15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
Political science elective3
Social and behavioral sciences23
Minor6
Electives6
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18
Second Semester
CourseHours
Political science elective3
Minor6
History or social and behavioral sciences23
Electives3–6
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15–18
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
Political science electives, 300 or 400 level6
Minor3
Elective or minor3
Elective3
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Political science electives, 300 or 400 level6
Minor3
Electives6–9
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15–18
 
Total: At least 120

1MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.
2A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
3Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.

Graduate programs. The Department of Political Science offers programs leading to the master of arts in political science, the master of public administration, and the doctor of philosophy degrees. The requirements for these degrees are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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