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, 125A

(940) 565-2214

Fax: (940) 565-4818

Harold Clarke, Chair

Faculty

Professors Booth, Clarke, Feigert, Godwin, Tate. Associate Professors Books, Cox, Forde, Meernik, Nye, Poe, Reban, Sahliyeh, Todd, Yeric. Assistant Professors Andrade, King, Leblang, Ruderman, Tan, Wood. Lecturers Hart, Smith.

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 Program

UNT annually prepares many students to enter law schools. No prescribed program of courses has been found to be of greater value than regular liberal arts degree programs. Consequently, there is no pre-law program of courses; students may select any major.

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 during the summer before their senior year. For further advice, students should consult early in their career at UNT with the pre-law adviser in Wooten Hall, Room 129.

Political Science Requirement

The university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has completed six 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. The university may grant as much as 3 hours of credit toward satisfaction of this requirement for substantially equivalent work in an approved senior ROTC unit. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour political science requirement by advanced standing examination. PSCI 1040 and 1050 (American Government), 3 hours credit each, fulfill the legislative requirement of government study.

Programs of Study

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

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete at least 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

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. Some requirements may have changed because
the University Core Curriculum was being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Contact a degree program adviser.

BA with a Major in Political Science pdf

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 1310, College Writing I 3

PSCI 1040, American Government 3

CSCI1,16 3

Elective15,16 3

Oral Communication2,16 3

Wellness11 3

Total 18

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL HOURS

ENGL 2210, World Literature I 3

LANG 2040, Foreign Language
(intermediate)3,16 3

PSCI 2300, The Study of Politics 4

Elective (advanced)15,16 3

Laboratory Science9 4

Total 17

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

HIST 2610, United States History to 186512 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Laboratory Science9 4

Political Theory59 3

Understanding of Ideas and Values8 3

Total 16

SENIOR YEAR

FALL HOURS

PSCI (advanced)59 3

PSCI (advanced)59 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective 3

Visual and Performing Arts7 3

Total 15

FRESHMAN YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ECON 1110, Principles of Macroeconomics 3

ENGL 1320, College Writing II6 3

MATH 1600, College Math with Calculus4,16 5

PSCI 1050, American Government 3

Elective15, 16 3

Total 17

SOPHOMORE YEAR

SPRING HOURS

ENGL 2220, World Literature II 3

LANG 2050, Foreign Language
(intermediate)3,16 3

PSCI (advanced)59 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Laboratory Science9 4

Total 16

JUNIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

HIST 2620, United States History Since 186512 3

PSCI (advanced) 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Understanding of Ideas and Values8 3

Total 15

SENIOR YEAR

SPRING HOURS

PSCI (advanced)59 3

PSCI (advanced)59 3

Elective16 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Elective (advanced)16 3

Total 15

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.
See Arts and Sciences notes in supplement booklet for footnotes.

Supplemental Information for BA with a Major in Political Science

Students majoring in political science must complete 31 hours in political science: PSCI 1040, 1050, 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.

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.

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 Wooten Hall, Room 125A, where 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. 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.

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

Students who expect to teach political science or social studies in secondary schools must complete the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education section.

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 140, 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. <

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