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Sociology and Political Science

The Political Science major at Tennessee Tech University offers four major options: (1) Political Science, General Track, (2) Political Science, Legal Studies concentration, (3) Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Government concentration, and (4) Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Government concentration (International Focus).

The Political Science major 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 (regardless of concentration) consist of a total of 48 hours including:

POLS 1000 American Government 3 hrs

POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science 3 hrs

Political Science 24 hrs

Foreign Language (at least 3 hrs)

Computer skills (DS 2810 or CSC 1100) 3 hrs

English (upper division course) (at least 3 hrs)

History (upper division course) 6 hrs

Total departmental requirements for the major: 48 hrs

The Curriculum Worksheet for each of the major options are available here:

Political Science, General Track

Political Science, Legal Studies Concentration

Political Science, International Relations & Comparative Government Concentration

Political Science, International Relations & Comparative Government (International Focus)

Additional graduation requirements must be satisfied including but not limited to :a total of 120 semester hours; a total of 36 hours earned at the upper division (3000 or 4000 level courses); and, satisfactory completion of the general education requirements.Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet all requirements for graduation, and should consult with their academic advisor on a regular basis.


Option One: Political Science, General Track


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

POLS 1000 American Government 3 hrs

POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science 3 hrs

Electives in Political Science 24 hrs

Foreign Language 6 hrs (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 hrs

English (upper division course) 3 hrs

History (upper division course) 6 hrs

Social Science, Criminal Justice, or Philosophy

Electives 6 hrs

Total departmental requirements for the major: 48 hrs

Total degree requirements: 120 (with at least 36 hours at the upper division)



OPTION TWO: POLITICAL SCIENCE, LEGAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION


The departmental requirements for the POLS/LS major with a concentration in Legal Studies consist of a total of 45 hours including:

POLS 1000 American Government 3 hrs

POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science 3 hrs

9 hours from:

  • POLS 2250 Mock Trial, or
  • POLS 3110 Introduction to Legal Reasoning and Analysis, or
  • POLS 3120 Legal Research and Writing, or
  • POLS 3130 Moot Court, or
  • POLS 3810 Judicial Process, or
  • POLS 4700 Tennessee Trail Practices, or
  • LAW 3810 Business Legal Environment and Ethics, or
  • LAW 4720 Business Law, or
  • CJ 2850 Criminal Law and Procedure, or
  • CJ 3000 Rules of Evidence, or
  • POLS Special Topics in Legal Studies related content.

9 hours from:

  • POLS 4100 International Law, or
  • POLS 4310 Constitutional Law I, or
  • POLS 4320 Constitutional Law II, or
  • POLS 4730 First Amendment Law and Analysis, or
  • POLS 4910 Seminar in Public Law, or
  • POLS Special Topics in Legal Studies related content.

Electives in Political Science (upper division) 6hrs

Foreign Language 3 hrs (Must be a language course.)

Computer skills (DS 2810 or CSC 1100) 3 hrs

History (upper division course) 6 hrs

English (upper division course) 3 hrs

Total degree requirements 120 (with at least 36 hours at the upper division.)

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


OPTIONS THREE & FOUR: POLITICAL SCIENCE, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATIONS


The Political Science program offers two options for the concentration in International Relations and Comparative Government, a general focus and an international focus.

(1) International Relations & Comparative Government Concentration


The departmental requirements for the POLS/IRCG major with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Government consist of a total of 45 hours including:

POLS 1000 American Government 3 hrs

POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science 3 hrs

9 hours from:

  • POLS 3200 American Political Thought, or
  • POLS 3610 International Politics, or
  • POLS 3650 International Organizations, or
  • POLS 3670 Foreign Policy, or
  • POLS 4100 International Law, or
  • POLS 4510 Comparative Government Europe

9 hours from:

  • POLS 3100 Model United Nations I, or
  • POLS 3101 Model United Nations II, or
  • POLS 3300 Introduction to Latin American Politics, or
  • POLS 3310 Politics of Developing Nations, or
  • POLS 3320 U.S. Policy Toward Latin America, or
  • POLS 4220 Campaigns and Elections, or
  • POLS 4520 Comparative Political Behavior, or
  • POLS 4920 Seminal in Comparative Politics, or
  • POLS 4950 Political Participation Internship, or
  • POLS 4960 Seminar in World Politics, or
  • POLS Special Topics in International or Comparative related content
  • Electives in Political Science (upper division) 6hrs

Foreign Language 3 hrs

(Must be a language course.)

Computer skills (DS 2810 or CSC 1100) 3 hrs

History (upper division course) 6 hrs

English (upper division course) 3 hrs

Total degree requirements: 120 (with at least 36 hours at the upper division)


(2) International Relations & Comparative Government (International Focus)


The departmental requirements for the POLS/IRCG (International Focus) major with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Government and International Focus consist of a total of 45 hours including:

POLS 1000 American Government 3 hrs

POLS 1100 Introduction to Political Science 3 hrs

9 hours from:

  • POLS 3200 American Political Thought, or
  • POLS 3610 International Politics, or
  • POLS 3650 International Organizations, or
  • POLS 3670 Foreign Policy, or
  • POLS 4100 International Law, or
  • POLS 4510 Comparative Government Europe

9 hours from:

  • POLS 3100 Model United Nations I, or
  • POLS 3101 Model United Nations II, or
  • POLS 3300 Introduction to Latin American Politics, or
  • POLS 3310 Politics of Developing Nations, or
  • POLS 3320 U.S. Policy Toward Latin America, or
  • POLS 4220 Campaigns and Elections, or
  • POLS 4520 Comparative Political Behavior, or
  • POLS 4920 Seminal in Comparative Politics, or
  • POLS 4950 Political Participation Internship, or
  • POLS 4960 Seminar in World Politics, or
  • POLS Special Topics in International or Comparative related content
  • Electives in Political Science (upper division) 6hrs

Foreign Language 9 hrs (Must be a language courses.)

Computer skills (DS 2810 or CSC 1100) 3 hrs

History (upper division course) 6 hrs

English (upper division course) 3 hrs

Total degree requirements: 120 (with at least 36 hours at the upper division)