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Government & International Studies

About the Program: 

Political science is the study of government, its institutions and the delivery of public service. It is a key major for those wishing to work in politics, public affairs, government, homeland security or the nonprofit sector. Core courses include American politics, comparative political systems, American foreign policy, and modern political ideologies. You will choose one of four distinct concentrations:

General Political Science

What you'll study - Political ideology, U.S. foreign policy, comparative political systems, methods of social research

Career Paths - Public service on the local, state or federal level

Human Services Studies

What you'll study - Nonprofit management, psychology, sociology, U.S. politics, local/state government, public administration

Career Paths - Public service on the local, state or federal level

Public Administration

What you'll study - Public administration, public economics and finance, organizational behavior

Career Paths - Public service on the local, state or federal level

Public Policy

What you'll study - Core political science curriculum along with courses in American constitutional law, comparative political systems, political thought and ideology, U.S. foreign policy

Career Paths - Public policy architect

Please also take note of the Common Core and General Education Programs.

COURSES: 
Global Civil Society & Human Rights Concentration: Track A
Notes and Instructions: 
In addition to the Common Core and required courses, a student will take six additional courses in Political Science or in related disciplines chosen in conjunction with an Advisor. At least two of these courses must be at the 300 level.
Global Civil Society & Human Rights Concentration: Track A - Group I (Any 2)
Global Civil Society & Human Rights Concentration: Track A - Group II (Any 1)
Global Civil Society & Human Rights Concentration: Track A - Group III (Any 1)
Global Civil Society & Human Rights Concentration: Track B
Global Civil Society & Human Rights Concentration: Track B - Group II (Any 1)
Global Civil Society & Human Rights Concentration: Track B - Group III (Any 1)
Public Administration Concentration (Required)
Notes and Instructions: 
In addition to the Common Core courses, a student in the Public Administration concentration will take the following five (5) required courses:
Public Administration Concentration: Group I (Any 1)
Notes and Instructions: 
In addition to the Common Core and required courses, a student will take six additional courses in Political Science or in related disciplines chosen in conjunction with an Advisor.
Public Administration Concentration: Group II (Any 2)
Notes and Instructions: 
In addition to the Common Core and required courses, a student will take six additional courses in Political Science or in related disciplines chosen in conjunction with an Advisor.
Government Concentration (Required)
Notes and Instructions: 
In addition to the Common Core courses, a student in the Public Policy concentration will take the above eight (8) required course. In addition to the Common Core and required courses, a student will take three additional courses in Political Science or in related disciplines chosen in conjunction with an Advisor. At least two of these courses must be at the 300 level.
Government Concentration: Group I
Government Concentration: Group II
Government Concentration: Group III
Human Services Studies Concentration: Common Core
Notes and Instructions: 
Internship course in the student's Major (GIS 409; PSY 495; SOC 490 or 491) In addition, students will select three (3) courses chosen from within one of the concentrations within GIS in conjunction with a Government and International Studies Advisor.
Human Services Studies Concentration: (Required)