Political Science

Mission Statement

The Division of Social Sciences offers a bachelors degree program in political science which is designed to provide the student with a solid grounding in American political institutions, international relations, comparative political systems, public law, and political philosophy. Throughout the curriculum the student is encouraged to critically examine the nature of relationships between citizens and the state as well as between states. 

The Political Science major prepares students for successful careers in government service, law, policy advocacy, business management, and finance, as well as advanced study in political science. 

The political science major is often used as the preliminary step toward professional training in the law or advanced study in political science or public administration. The political science program provides students with opportunities for independent studies, field experiences and internships. A pre-law program is also available.

The Political Science Major has the option of graduating with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

Programmatic Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn to apply the skills of quantitative data analysis to real-world social science data to evaluate research hypotheses.   
  2. Students will learn to effectively employ library, archival and electronic databases for research purposes. 
  3. Students will learn how to design a clear research question, collect relevant data and construct a narrative analyzing their findings.
  4. Political Science majors will become familiar with the major authors, works, and theories of the canon of political science in each of the following sub-disciplines: a. American Political Institutions and Processes including public law b. International Relations c. Comparative Political Systems (Area Studies)  
  5. Students will learn to present, discuss and defend their own research at a high level of professional discourse. 


Majors and Minors

Major Minor

BA or BS in Political Science Political Science Minor

PS101 - Introduction to American National, State, and Local Government - 3 Semester Hours

PS103 - Introduction to Missouri Civics - 1 Semester Hours

PS190 - Special Topics - 3 Semester Hours

PS200 - International Problems and Relations - 3 Semester Hours

PS204 - Global Crime - 3 Semester Hours

PS260 - Special Problems - 3 Semester Hours

PS268 - Internship and Field Experiences - 3 Semester Hours

PS290 - Special Topics - 3 Semester Hours

PS307 - The History and Politics of Missouri - 3 Semester Hours

PS308 - American Constitutional Law and the Judicial Process - 3 Semester Hours

PS309 - Law in American Society - 3 Semester Hours

PS312 - U.S. Foreign Affairs - 3 Semester Hours

PS313 - The Sociology of Revolution - 3 Semester Hours

PS314 - The History and Politics of Russia - 3 Semester Hours

PS315 - The History and Politics of England - 3 Semester Hours

PS318 - American Legislative Politics - 3 Semester Hours

PS319 - The American President, Past and Present - 3 Semester Hours

PS320 - The American Way of War - 3 Semester Hours

PS322 - Comparative Political Systems - 3 Semester Hours

PS330 - Principles of Public Administration - 3 Semester Hours

PS331 - Research Design and Data Analysis in the Social Sciences - 3 Semester Hours

PS334 - Applied Quantitative Data Analysis in the Social Sciences - 3 Semester Hours

PS355 - Topics Seminar in Area Studies - 3 Semester Hours

PS360 - PS360 - Special Problems - 3 Semester Hours

PS368 - Internship and Field Experiences - 3 Semester Hours

PS390 - Special Topics - 3 Semester Hours

PS480 - Senior Thesis - 3 Semester Hours

Last updated: 07/19/2019