School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Political Science (BA)
Political Science involves the study of interesting and important topics about citizenship, government and politics. These topics include the influence of citizens on what government does, the scope, responsibilities and effectiveness of government itself, and the activities of both elected and appointed public officials. These topics are important parts of what political scientists know about American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, political institutions, and political theory. Political scientists and public administrators pay particular attention to the design, implementation, and evaluation of laws and public policies that may affect people's well-being.
The Political Science Program at The University of Texas at Dallas provides:
- the foundations for more advanced, graduate study of citizenship, government and politics in Political Science;
- the special core knowledge needed for subsequent professional education in law and public policy analysis;
- the opportunity to acquire useful skills for careers in federal, state, and local government, community service, educational and other nonprofit organizations, and business firms.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Professors: Patrick T. Brandt @pxb054000, Thomas L. Brunell @tlb056000, Paul Diehl @pxd153230, Euel W. Elliott @eelliott, Edward J. Harpham @harpham, Jennifer S. Holmes @jholmes, Robert C. Lowry @rcl062000, Clint W. Peinhardt @cwp052000, Marianne C. Stewart @mstewart
Associate Professors: Jonas Bunte @jbb130330, Banks P. Miller @bxm093000
Assistant Professors: Rebecca Cordell @rxc190010, Thomas Gray @txg171430, Lauren Santoro @lar170530
Professor Emeritus: Anthony M. Champagne @tchamp
Associate Professor of Instruction: Karl K. Ho @kxh022100
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2
Communication: 6 semester credit hours
COMM 1311 Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication
RHET 1302 Rhetoric
Or select any 6 semester credit hours from Communication Core courses (see advisor)
Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours
MATH 1314 College Algebra
Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Mathematics Core courses (see advisor)
Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours
Select any 6 semester credit hours from Life and Physical Sciences Core courses (see advisor)
Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Language, Philosophy and Culture Core courses (see advisor)
Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Creative Arts Core courses (see advisor)
American History: 6 semester credit hours
Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History Core courses (see advisor)
Government/Political Science: 6 semester credit hours
Or select any 6 semester credit hours from Government/Political Science Core courses (see advisor)
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours
Choose one course from the following:
CRIM 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
SOC 1301 Introduction to Sociology
Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences Core courses (see advisor)
Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours
EPPS 2301 Research Design in the Social and Policy Sciences
Or select any 6 semester credit hours from Component Area Option Core courses (see advisor)
II. Major Requirements: 57 semester credit hours
Major Preparatory Courses: 0 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
Major Core Courses: 15 semester credit hours
Required Core Courses: 6 semester credit hours
PSCI 3322 Constitutional Law
PSCI 3333 Political Behavior
Choose three courses from the following: 9 semester credit hours
PSCI 3301 Political Theory
PSCI 3328 International Relations
PSCI 3350 Comparative Politics
PSCI 4329 Global Politics
PSCI 3362 The American Political Institutions
Major Related Courses: 42 semester credit hours
42 semester credit hours Major and Related electives4
III. Elective Requirements: 21 semester credit hours
This requirement may be satisfied with lower- and upper-division courses from any field of study.
The plan must include sufficient upper-division courses to total 45 upper-division semester credit hours.
Students must take a minimum of 18 semester credit hours for the minor, 12 of which must be upper-division semester credit hours. Students who take a minor will be expected to meet the normal prerequisites in courses making up the minor, and should maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 on a 4.00 scale (C average). Semester credit hours may not be used to satisfy both the major and minor requirements; however, free elective semester credit hours or major preparatory classes may be used to satisfy the minor.
Minor in Political Science
18 semester credit hours
Required Courses: 6 semester credit hours
GOVT 2305 American National Government
GOVT 2306 State and Local Government
Upper-Division Courses: 12 semester credit hours
1. Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of UNIV 1010 and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
2. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
3. A Core Curriculum Requirement that also fulfills a Major Requirement. Semester credit hours are counted in the Core Curriculum.
4. Most students take upper-division PSCI courses. However, subject to advisor approval, courses from other disciplines may be used to satisfy this requirement.