Department of Political Science


Main Departmental Office
Wooten Hall, 125
P.O. Box 305340
Denton, TX 76203-5340
(940) 565-2276
Web site: www.psci.unt.edu

Advising Office
Wooten Hall, 129
(940) 565-2310
Fax: (940) 565-4818

James Meernik, Chair

Faculty

Professors Booth, Forde, Mason. Associate Professors Books, Cox, King, Meernik, Paolino, Poe, Reban, Ruderman, Sahliyeh, Tan, Todd. Assistant Professors Battista, Brandt, Ditslear, Enterline, Greig, Kang, Oldmixon, Smith, VonDoepp.

Introduction

Department courses meet the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students preparing to enter national, state and local government employment; public and private foreign service; law; politics; public and private research; writing and reporting of public affairs and political science; and government and social science teaching.

Pre-Law Information

UNT annually prepares many students to enter law schools. No prescribed program of courses has been found to be key for a successful law career. A grade point average of 3.5 or higher will be competitive for admission to a nationally recognized school, but a minimum of 3.1 is suggested to apply for admission to law school. While many students undertake a liberal arts degree, law schools place important emphasis on diversity of their student body and seek persons from different backgrounds, including the natural sciences. Consequently, there is no pre-law program of courses; students may select any major or minor.

Future law school students should take courses that emphasize writing and oral skills, research into problems facing society, logical reasoning, the American legal system and Constitutional Law. Pre-law students should take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) during the summer before or fall term of their senior year. For further advice, students should consult early in their career (sophomore or junior year) at UNT with the pre-law advising office in GAB 220. E-mail: prelaw@unt.edu.

Political Science Requirement

The university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has completed 6 hours of credit in American government to include consideration of the constitutions of the United States and Texas. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement in whole or in part on the basis of credit transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. Completion of 12 semester hours of upper division ROTC courses may be substituted for PSCI 1050. The student may satisfy part (3 hours) or all of the 6-hour political science requirement by credit through examination.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Study Abroad Programs

The Department of Political Science is home to several study abroad programs. Students may participate in the summer study program in London where courses on British politics, European politics and terrorism have been taught. Students also meet with members of the British Parliament, key leaders of British political parties, and cabinet ministers. The May mini-mester program in The Hague, Netherlands, brings students to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia where they study international law and attend sessions of the court. Students also meet with judges, members of the prosecutor's office and other top officials. Other study abroad programs in the Czech Republic and in Taiwan will be available soon.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science (html)
Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science (pdf)

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

2. Major Requirements: 31 hours in political science: PSCI 1040 and either PSCI 1050 or 1060, 2300, any political theory course and 18 other hours, including at least one advanced course in each of three of the listed areas of study (not including political theory). Advanced courses are offered in six areas of study.

Field A, American Government and Politics: PSCI 2100, 3010, 3100*, 3110, 3130, 3160, 3420, 4020, 4100, 4120, 4140 and 4450.

Field B, Public Law: PSCI 3200, 3210, 4200, 4210, 4220 and 4810.

Field C, Political Theory and Methodology: PSCI 2300, 2310, 3300, 3310, 3320, 4320 and 4330.

Field D, Public Policy: PSCI 3420, 4130, 4450 and 4490.

Field E, Comparative Government and Politics: PSCI 3600, 3700*, 4620, 4630, 4640, 4650, 4660, 4700, 4710 and 4720.

Field F, International Relations: PSCI 3500, 3810, 4520, 4800, 4810, 4820*, 4830, 4840, 4850 and 4860.

Courses listed in more than one area of study may be counted toward the requirements of only one area.

*May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

3. Electives: See four-year plan.

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Studies (html)
Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Studies (pdf)

Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements .

2. Major Requirements: Majors need 36 hours from the list of approved courses below, including 21 hours in one of the areas listed below and 15 in one or two of the remaining three areas. Some courses (e.g., PSCI 4900, Special Topics) may be repeated for credit as topics vary and if the subject is appropriate. Twelve of the 21 hours of the primary area must be in advanced courses.

Area 1, International Politics: AECO 2120, 4120; HIST 1060, 3720, 4360, 4790, 4800; PSCI 3500, 3810, 4520, 4700*, 4720, 4800, 4810, 4820*, 4840, 4850, 4860*.

Area 2, International Economics and Business: ACCT 4420**; BCIS 4720**; BLAW 4480; BUSI 1340, 4660; ECON 1110, 4100, 4510**, 4600, 4850; FINA 4500; MGMT 4660; MKTG 2650, 4260, 4280, 4530; PSCI 4860*.

Area 3, International Development: ANTH 2035, 2045, 2150, 2350, 3100*, 4010, 4050, 4610*, 4650; EADP 4890*; ECON 3150, 4100, 4440**, 4600; GEOG 1170; HIST 4260*; PHIL 2500, 4700; PSCI 4620, 4660, 4680*; SOCI 2010, 4160, 4260*, 4540, 4750.

Area 4, Regional Studies: ANTH 3100*; GEOG 1200, 3750; HIST 4060, 4100, 4110, 4190, 4260*, 4300, 4340, 4350, 4550, 4560, 4570, 4580, 4590; PHIL 2070, 3585, 3595; PSCI 3600, 3700, 4700*, 4710, 4820*; RTVF 4410*/**; SOCI 4260*.

Area 5, Security and Conflict Studies: AECO 2120, 4120; ANTH 4610*; CJUS 4870*/**; COMM 2025; HIST 4070, 4260*, 4300, 4640, 4660; PSCI 4630, 4640, 4700*, 4720, 4820*, 4850.

Courses listed in more than one field may be counted toward the requirements of only one field.

*May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

**Consult course description regarding necessary prerequisites.

3. Other Course Requirements: 6 upper-division hours in a foreign language or BCIS 2610 and MSCI 2710.

4. Minor: Optional.

5. Electives: See four-year plan.

Degree Plans

During the sophomore year of enrollment, the student should make a degree plan. The student must bring or send all transcripts of prior college work, if any, to the departmental adviser, with whom an advisory sheet is made. Transcripts and advisory sheet are then taken to General Academic Building, Room 313, for the completion of the degree plan. The process should be completed in time for the next registration period.

Minor in International Studies

A minor in international studies requires 18 hours, including at least 6 advanced hours chosen from a multidisciplinary list of courses available in the Department of Political Science. Nine hours must be in one area of concentration, with the 9 remaining hours distributed between one or two other areas.

Minor in Peace Studies

Students wising to obtain a minor in peace studies must complete a minimum of 18 hours (6 advanced), including PSCI 3500 plus at least one course from each of these three areas:

Any of the following courses may also be taken to fulfil the remaining 6 hours: AECO 4420; HIST 4070, 4260, 4350, 4650, 4660; PSCI 3810; or SOCI 4750. Practicums and special problems courses may also apply if approved by the Director of Peace Studies. Interested students should contact Steve Poe, Department of Political Science, Wooten Hall, (940) 565-2276.

Minor in Political Science

A minor in political science requires 18 hours: PSCI 1040 and 1050, plus 12 semester hours that include 6 advanced.

Teacher Certification

The College of Arts and Sciences encourages students to explore teaching at the secondary level as a career option. The student's departmental adviser or academic adviser in the Dean's Office for Undergraduates and Student Advising in GAB 220 can assist with course requirements for certification. See "Teacher Certification" in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog for more information.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Undergraduates who anticipate political science graduate study should take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) during their senior year. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Pender Scholars

The department annually awards two $1,000 scholarships based on merit to incoming students (fall term) who declare their intention to major in political science. The awardees are known as Pender Scholars in honor of the first chair of the political science department, J.W. "Dad" Pender.

High school seniors must rank in the top quarter of their class and have a score of at least 1100 recentered on the SAT I (or its equivalent). Transfer students must have a 3.5 grade point average and a score of at least 1100 recentered on the SAT I (or its equivalent). Application deadline is April 1; awards are announced May 1. Contact the undergraduate adviser in Wooten Hall, Room 125A, for more information.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Major in Political Science

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites. *See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

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FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3

HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3

LANG 2040, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3

MATH (above College Math, except 2090)** 3

PSCI 1040, American Government* 3

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 1320, College Writing II* 3

HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3

LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3

PSCI 1050, American Government, or PSCI 1060, American Government: Process and Policy* 3

Visual and Performing Arts* 3

Total 15

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

PSCI 2300, The Study of Politics 4

Elective 3

Elective 3

Natural Sciences** 4

Wellness* 3

Total 17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

PSCI Field C (advanced) 3

Communication** 3

Literature** 3

Humanities* 3

Physical Science** 4

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

PSCI Political Field (advanced, see majorrequirements) 3

PSCI Political Field (advanced, see majorrequirements) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Laboratory Science** 4

Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

PSCI Field (advanced, see majorrequirements) 3

PSCI Elective (advanced) 3

PSCI Elective (advanced) 3

Elective 4

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

PSCI elective 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective 3

Elective 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective 3

Total 18

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. Students may wish to use opportunities for electives to complete a minor of their choice or secondary education courses for teacher certification.

Major in International Studies

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.

*See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

Major in International Studies

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.

*See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options. ** See Arts and Sciences degree requirements section of this catalog for approved list of course options.

BA with a Major in International Studies (html)
BA with a Major in International Studies (pdf)

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3

HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3

LANG 2040, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3

MATH (Above College Math, Except 2090)** 3

PSCI 1040, American Government* 3

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 1320, College Writing II* 3

HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3

LANG 2050, Foreign Language (intermediate)** 3

PSCI 1050, American Government* 3

Visual and Performing Arts* 3

Total 15

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

LANG (advanced) 3

Area One (advanced) 3

Elective 3

Elective 3

Natural Sciences** 4

Total 16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

LANG (advanced) 3

Area One (advanced) 3

Communication** 3

Literature** 3

Physical Science** 4

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

Area One (advanced) 3

Area One (advanced) 3

Area Two (advanced) 3

Laboratory Science** 4

Social and Behavioral Sciences* 3

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

Area One 3

Area One (advanced) 3

Area Two (advanced) 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies* 3

Elective 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

Area One 3

Area Two 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Wellness* 3

Total 18

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

Area Three 3

Area Three 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced) 3

Elective 2

Humanities* 3

Total 17

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.Some courses may require prerequisites not listed. Students may wish to use opportunities for electives to complete a minor of their choice or secondary education courses for teacher certification.

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