Past Program Requirements

Students Under Catalogs from 2013-2014 and 2014-2015

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science students majoring in political science are required to complete 33 hours in the major, including the following:

Political Science Foundation Courses (6 hours)

  • POLS 1310 American National Government
  • POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

American Politics (6 hours)

  • POLS 3300 American Political Parties
  • POLS 3303 American State and Local Government
  • POLS 3305 Elections and Public Opinion
  • POLS 3320 The American Presidency
  • POLS 3325 Legislative Processes and Behavior
  • POLS 3350 Arkansas Government and Politics
  • POLS 4350 Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
  • POLS 4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

International Politics (6 hours)

  • POLS 3360 Comparative Governments: Western
  • POLS 3365 European Union
  • POLS 3370 Comparative Politics: Developing Areas
  • POLS 4320 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 4331 International Organizations
  • POLS 4340 International Relations

Normative and Empirical Analysis (3hours)

  • POLS 3302 Methods of Political Inquiry
  • POLS 3304 Qualitative Methods in Political Science
  • POLS 3390 American Political Thought
  • POLS 4380 Classical Political Theory
  • POLS 4390 Modern Political Theory
  • POLS 4395 Research-Intensive Seminar

Field Experience

Students must complete one of the following. Coursework taken to satisfy this requirement may also be used to satisfy a subfield or elective requirement for the major.

  • POLS 3338 Cooperative Education in Political Science I
  • POLS 3339 Cooperative Education in Political Science II
  • POLS 3348 Internship I
  • POLS 4348 Internship II
  • Any POLS course with a service learning component
  • Any travel course or study abroad program
  • A paid or volunteer position of at least 15 weeks with a government agency, elected official, campaign, interest group, or other politically-oriented organization. (Students taking this option will not receive course credit, but will have the requirement waived.) In order to use this option to satisfy the requirement, students must provide evidence of the position and submit a paper describing the work that they did to the internship coordinator for approval.

Electives (12 hours)

  • Four upper-level political science courses

In addition to completing the POLS coursework, all students must also meet the following requirements to graduate:

  • University Core Requirements (44 hours)
  • Second Language Proficiency (see the undergraduate handbook for specifics)
  • Completion of a minor
  • Completion of a minimum of 120 hours total (45 upper-level hours, and at least 30 hours taken from UALR)
  • Students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 to graduate

Students Under Catalogs from 2009-2010 to 2012-2013

The following courses must be taken to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science:

Core Requirements (44 hours)
Second Language Proficiency

Students majoring in political science are required to complete 33 hours in the major, including the following:

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • POLS 1310 American National Government
  • POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

Subfield Requirements – Students are required to take at least one upper level course in each of the following five subfields:

American Political Institutions and Processes (3 hours)

  • POLS 3300 American Political Parties
  • POLS 3303 American State and Local Government
  • POLS 3305 Elections and Public Opinion
  • POLS 3320 The American Presidency
  • POLS 3325 Legislative Processes and Behavior

Comparative Politics (3 hours)

  • POLS 3360 Comparative Government: Western
  • POLS 3370 Comparative Politics: Developing Areas

Constitutional Law (3 hours)

  • POLS 4350 Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
  • POLS 4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

International Relations (3 hours)

  • POLS 4320 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 4340 International Relations

Normative and Empirical Analysis (3 hours)

  • POLS 3302 Methods of Political Inquiry
  • POLS 3390 American Political Thought
  • POLS 4380 Classical Political Theory
  • POLS 4390 Modern Political Theory

Political Science Upper-Level Electives (12 hours)
Completion of a Minor
University electives to complete the total of 124 semester hours.

Students Under Catalogs from 2000-2001 to 2008-2009

The following courses must be taken to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science:

Core Requirements (44 hours)
Second Language Proficiency

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • POLS 1310 American National Government
  • POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

American Political Institutions and Processes (3 hours)

  • POLS 3300 American Political Parties
  • POLS 3305 Elections and Public Opinion
  • POLS 3310 Policy Process
  • POLS 3320 The American Presidency
  • POLS 3325 Legislative Process and Behavior
  • POLS 4310 Seminar in American National Government
  • POLS 4320 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 4301 Judicial System and Process

Normative Political Theory (3 hours)

  • POLS 3390 American Political Thought
  • POLS 4380 Classical Political Theory
  • POLS 4390 Modern Political Theory

Constitutional Law (3 hours)

  • POLS 4350 Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers
  • POLS 4351 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties

International Relations/Comparative Politics (3 hours)

  • POLS 3360 Comparative Government: Western
  • POLS 3370 Comparative Politics: Developing Areas
  • POLS 4340 International Relations

Political Science Electives (12 hours)