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2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science BA


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Undergraduate students must declare their intention to major in political science by the time they have completed 60 semester hours, and must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours in political science, of which at least 21 must be upper-division courses. Fifteen of the 36 hours must be taken from CU Denver faculty. Courses are distributed among the primary fields as listed in this section, i.e., American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory and public policy and administration. To count for the major, all course work must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. Two cognate courses (which don’t count toward the 36 hours) from the list below must also be completed.

Traditional Option


Total: 9 Hours


Total: 6 Hours

One 4000-level course in each of three fields:


American politics, comparative politics, and international relations

Total: 9 Hours

Experiential-Learning Requirement *


Choose one:

Total: 3 Hours


Electives


 Three political science elective courses

Total: 9 Hours


Political Science Total: 36 Hours


Total: 6 Hours


Major Total: 42 Hours


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Public Policy Option


This option was designed for students who specifically desire to pursue careers in public policy and/or public administration in the public or nonprofit sectors. Grounded in basic political science theory and familiarity with American, comparative and international politics, this BA track emphasizes the specifically political aspects of public policy processes and settings. Cases will emphasize key policy issues confronting U.S. local, state and national decision makers and citizens. A focus on politics and the policy-making process will prepare students conceptually and methodologically to move beyond partisan politics to address how leaders can best mobilize resources to achieve constituent goals consistent with the public interest.

Total: 9 Hours


One 4000-level course in each of the following three fields:


Total: 9 Hours


Elective courses


Choose any two additional courses from the list above, plus choose one other upper or lower division PSCI course.

Total: 9 Hours

Total: 6 Hours


Experiential-Learning Requirement *


Choose one:

  • PSCI 3939 - Internship
  • PSCI 4934 - CU at the Capitol
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    * Students with significant volunteer experience in the community or for whom the experiential-learning requirement poses a hardship may petition the chair to waive the requirement (36 hours still required).

Total: 3 Hours


Total: 6 Hours


Public Policy Option Total: 42 Hours


 

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