Political Science

The Program of Political Science within the Department of Sociology and Political Science offers a variety of academic courses, all of which are consistent with the missions of the university and the College of Arts and Sciences in the areas of instruction, research, technology, and service.

The curriculum is informally divided into the following subfields:

American government
Public law
International relations
Comparative politics
Political institutions
Political theory
State and local government

The political science program is at the undergraduate level and leads to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Additionally, political science participates in one of Tech's independent programs by offering pre-law courses and activities. Political science also offers a variety of internship opportunities at the local, state, and national levels.

Major Requirements

The Political Science major at Tennessee Tech University is part of a 120 hour degree program which includes: requirements for the major; requirements of the general education component of the curriculum; and, elective hours. At least 36 of the 120 hours required toward the degree must be at the upper division level (courses numbered at the 3000 or 4000 level).

The departmental requirements for the major consist of a total of 48 hours including:

POLS 1000 American Government (3)

POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science (3)

Electives in Political Science (24)

Foreign Language (6) (At least 3 hours must be in a language course. The other 3 hours may be in language or in a culture related course.)

Computer skills--DS 2810 or CSC 1100 (3)

English -- upper division course (3)

History--upper division course (6)

Social Science, Criminal Justice, or Philosophy Electives (6)

Total departmental requirements for the major: 48 hrs

Click here to see a suggested year by year curriculum plan for the Political Science major

Major Advising

In preparation for your appointment with your advisor, please print, fill out, and bring with you to your appointment the appropriate worksheet:

Click here for printable Advising Worksheet for Political Science Majors who declared their major prior to Fall 2010

Click here for printable Advising Worksheet for NEW, FRESHMEN Political Science Majors ONLY

Concentration Options

As an alternative to the general Political Science major, students my choose to focus their curriculum on one of three concentrations: (1) Legal Studies, (2) International Relations and Comparative Government, or (3) International Relations and Comparative Government (International Focus Option).

The departmental requirements for the Legal Studies concentration consist of a total of 51 hours including:
POLS 1000 American Government (3)
POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science (3)
Electives in Political Science (6)
Political Science (9 hrs) from the following:
POLS 4100        POLS 4910
POLS 4310        POLS 4320
Political Science (3 hrs) from the following:
CJ 2850             CJ 3000
POLS 3810        LAW 3810
LAW 4720
Political Science (6 hrs) from the following:
POLS 2230 and POLS 2240
POLS 4950
POLS Special Topics in Legal Studies related content
Foreign Language (3) (Must be a language course.)
Computer skills--DS 2810 or CSC 1100 (3)
English -- upper division course (3)
History--upper division course (6)
Social Science, Criminal Justice, or Philosophy Electives (6)
Total departmental requirements for the major: 51 hrs

Click here to see a suggested year by year curriculum plan for the Legal Studies concentration

The departmental requirements for the International Relations and Comparative Government concentration consist of a total of 48 hours including:
POLS 1000 American Government (3)
POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science (3)
Electives in Political Science (6)
Political Science (9 hrs) from the following:
POLS 4100 POLS 3650
POLS 3610 POLS 3670
POLS 3200 POLS 4510
Political Science (3 hrs) from the following:
POLS 4920 POLS 4960
Political Science (6 hrs) from the following:
POLS 3300 POLS 3310
POLS 3320 POLS 4950
POLS Special Topics in International or Comparative content
Foreign Language (3) (Must be a language course.)
Computer skills--DS 2810 or CSC 1100 (3)
English -- upper division course (3)
History--upper division course (6)
Social Science, Criminal Justice, or Philosophy Electives (6)
Total departmental requirements for the major: 48 hrs

Click here to see a suggested year by year curriculum plan for the International Relations and Comparative Government concentration

The departmental requirements for the International Relations and Comparative Government concentration (International Focus option) consist of a total of 57 hours including:

POLS 1000 American Government (3)
POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science (3)
Electives in Political Science (6)
Political Science (9 hrs) from the following:
POLS 4100 POLS 3650
POLS 3610 POLS 3670
POLS 3200 POLS 4510
Political Science (3 hrs) from the following:
POLS 4920 POLS 4960
Political Science (6 hrs) from the following:
POLS 3300 POLS 3310
POLS 3320 POLS 4950
POLS Special Topics in International or Comparative content
Foreign Language (9)
(Competence through the 2010 level. Students may take the equivalent of the 1010, 1020, and 2010 courses of a single language, or demonstrate competence by being native speakers of a language other than English. In the case of the latter, students will take an additional 9 hours of general electives.)
Computer skills--DS 2810 or CSC 1100 (3)
English -- upper division course (3)
History--upper division course (6)
Social Science, Criminal Justice, or Philosophy Electives (6)
Total departmental requirements for the major: 57 hrs

Click here to see a suggested year by year curriculum plan for the International Relations and Comparative Government concentration, International Focus option

 

General Pre-Law Program

The Department of Sociology and Political Science is one of three departments at Tennessee Tech University that offers the pre-professional program of pre-law. Dr. Maxwell directs the pre-law program within political science, and most of our majors consider themselves to be pre-law at some point in their academic career. A substantial percentage of these continue this pursuit throughout their undergraduate tenure and apply for law school. To facilitate this substantial number of students, Dr. Whitney has developed a Pre-Law Club. This club holds regular meetings, provides information about law school deadlines, applications, sponsors speakers, and gives practice LSATs (Law School Admission Test). 

Mock Trial course (POLS 2230 & 2240)  is available to all students across campus as well as political science majors. These students prepare for state and regional competitions, gain valuable practice arguing legal cases and working as a team, and are exposed to judicial practices.

For more information, contact Dr. Lori Maxwell This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What is Political Science?

Information about the political science major

Scholarship & Awards

Student Achievements

Student Organizations & Opportunities

Information on Pi Sigman Alpha, the national political science honor society, and pre-law and mock trial programs

Internship Program

Information about internships in political science

Political Science Links

Links to useful political science websites

 

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