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B.A. in Political Science

Degree Requirements

The academic regulations for this degree program, as entered in the University of Mississippi Catalog, are in effect for the current or selected academic year and semester. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change rules for registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time.

General Education

Requirement Hours Description
First Year Writing I 3 Complete Engl 101, Hon 101, Writ 100 or Writ 101 with a passing grade.
First Year Writing II 3 Complete one of the following courses with a passing grade: Engl 102, Liba 102, Writ 102 or Hon 102.
6 hrs literature survey 6 Complete 6 hours of literature survey with a passing grade. Choose from the following courses: Engl 221, Engl 222, Engl 223, Engl 224, Engl 225, or Engl 226.
6 hrs modern/ancient language 200+ 6 Successfully complete at least 6 hours at the 200 level or above in one modern or ancient language.
6 hrs history 6 Complete 6 hours in History (HIS) course work with a passing grade.
3 hrs humanities 3 Successfully complete 3 hours in one of the following areas: African-American studies; classical civilization; environmental studies (Envs 101); gender studies (G St 201, 301, 333, 350); philosophy; religion; Southern studies (S St 101, 102). In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classical civilization, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religion courses will satisfy this requirement.
6 hrs social science 6 Successfully complete 6 semester hours in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.
3 hrs fine arts 3 Complete 3 hours in the area of fine or performing arts. Choose from art history, music, dance, and theatre arts. Studio and workshop courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Acceptable freshman or sophommore-level courses are: AH 101, AH 102, AH 201, AH 202; Music 101, Music 102, Music 103, Music 104, Music 105; Dance 200; and Theatre 201.
3 hrs math 100+ 3 Successfully complete 3 hours of Math at the 100 level or above except for Math 245 and Math 246.
9-12 hrs science 9 Complete a full year of science course work in one subject area (6-8 hrs) and complete 3 credit hours in a subject area from another department. Courses may be chosen from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geological Engineering, or Physics and Astronomy. Note that a student taking the required 6 hours of one subject (astronomy or physics) from the Department of Physics and Astronomy must take the remaining 3 hours from another department.
2 associated science labs 2 Successfully complete at least two science laboratory courses.

Major Requirements

Requirement Hours Description
Pol 101 3 Pol 101: Introduction to American Politics
Pol 102 3 Pol 102: Govt and Business, Pol 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Pol 103 3 Pol 103: Introduction to International Relations
Pol 251 3 Pol 251: Intro to Political Science Methods
Pol electives 21 Pol 313: Law and Society, Pol 344: Amer Political Thought, Pol 361: Administrative Process, Pol 363: Planning Process, Pol 511: Political Behavior, Pol 533: Asia in World Affairs, Pol 543: Amer Political Thought, Pol 561: Planning Process, Pol 566: Administrative Law, Pol 573: Probation and Parole, Pol 102: Govt and Business, Pol 211: Ideology Am Pol, Pol 241: Intro to Pol Theory, Pol 261: Elem of Public Adm, Pol 301: State/Loc Govt Pol, Pol 302: Amer Pol Parties/Elec, Pol 314: Political Communicatio, Pol 315: Minority Politics, Pol 341: Amer Democ & Critics, Pol 345: Marxism & Tradition, Pol 364: Pub Personnel Admin, Pol 366: Public Budgeting, Pol 402: Pol of Civ Lib, Pol 441: Marxism & Tradition, Pol 471: Sur of Criminalistics, Pol 501: American Exec, Pol 502: Intergovt Relations, Pol 503: Judicial Behavior, Pol 512: Govt and Public Policy, Pol 519: Internship/Govnt, Pol 522: Compar Legis Behavior, Pol 532: Contemp Intern Prob, Pol 534: Form Amer Foreign Pol, Pol 535: Int/Confl Nuclear Age, Pol 541: Philos Befor Reformati, Pol 562: Pub Personnel Admin, Pol 563: Court Administration, Pol 564: Public Budgeting, Pol 570: Colloquium/Crim Justic, Pol 571: Miss Crim Law/Procedur, Pol 572: Police Mgmt Systems, Pol 574: Crim Justice & Society, Pol 578: Intern Law Enforce, Pol 590: Colloquium/Politics, Pol 599: Readings/Research, Pol 251: Intro to Political Science Methods, Pol 352: Quantitative Methods in Pol Sci, Pol 300: Judicial Process, Pol 304: American Legislative Process, Pol 305: Judicial Behavior, Pol 307: Const Law II:  Civil Lib & Civil Rights, Pol 308: Voting and Political Participation, Pol 309: Public Opinion and Political Psychology, Pol 316: State and Local Government and Politics, Pol 317: Mississippi Politics, Pol 318: Politics of the American South, Pol 319: Minority Politics, Pol 367: Policy Analysis, Pol 368: Administrative Law, Pol 382: Comparative Legislative Behavior, Pol 383: Comparative Ethnic Politics, Pol 384: Western Social Movements, Pol 386: European Political Economy, Pol 387: Political Economy of East Asia, Pol 330: Contemporary International Problems, Pol 331: International Organization, Pol 334: Politics of the World Economy, Pol 335: Ideology in American Foreign Policy, Pol 336: Political Economy of Int'l Dev, Pol 337: Asia in World Affairs, Pol 338: Formulation of American Foreign Policy, Pol 313: American Federalism, Pol 421: Senior Seminar in Comparitive Politics, Pol 431: Senior Seminar in International Politics, Pol 380: Topics in Political Science Abroad, Pol 372: Police Processes and Policy, Pol 375: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Pol 472: Seminar in Police Problems, Pol 473: Criminal Law I, Pol 477: Criminal Justice Theory, Pol 389: Internship in Government, Pol 513: Covering South Politic, Pol 531: Southern Politics, Pol 542: Pol Phil Recent/Con, Pol 565: Policy Analysis, Pol 579: Intern Crim Justice, Pol 101: Introduction to American Politics, Pol 362: Intl Tele Policy/Admin, Pol 303: The American Presidency, Pol 311: Political Communication, Pol 398: Special Topics in Political Science, Pol 321: Politics of Latin America, Pol 322: Politics of Western Europe, Pol 323: Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, Pol 324: Politics of China, Pol 325: Politics of Southeast Asia, Pol 326: Politics of Russia, Pol 327: Politics of Israel, Pol 328: Politics of Canada, Pol 329: Transitions to Democracy, Pol 342: Politics of Mexico and Central America, Pol 343: Comparative Democratic Institutions, Pol 361: Strategic Choice in Int'l Relations, Pol 340: Politics of East Asia, Pol 306: Const Law I:  Supreme Court & Const., Pol 523: Theories of Comparative Pol Analysis, Pol 344: Politics of Advanced Industrial Society, Pol 312: Interest Groups, Pol 401: Senior Seminar in American Politics, Pol 320: African American Politics, Pol 369: Exploring Global Futures, Pol 344: Women and World Politics, Pol 345: Politics of South America, Pol 490: Directed Readings in Political Science, Pol 491: Directed Research in Political Science, Pol 492: Mock Trial, Pol 346: Women and Politics, Pol 363: War in World Politics, Pol 497: Washington Policy Process, Pol 364: Comparative Foreign Policy, Pol 351: Strategy in Politics, Pol 476: Criminal Procedure, Pol 310: Political Parties and Interest Groups, Pol 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Pol 478: Probation and Parole, Pol 399: Readings & Research in Political Science, Pol 500: Seminar in American Politics, Pol 531: Seminar in International Relations, Pol 550: Research in Politics, Pol 551: Empirical Political Analysis, Pol 552: Applied Political Research, Pol 341: German Politics, Pol 103: Introduction to International Relations, Pol 332: Ethnic Conflict and International Terror, Pol 349: Middle East Politics, Pol 339: International Conflict, Pol 301: State/Loc Govt Pol, Pol 302: Amer Pol Parties/Elec, Pol 313: Law and Society, Pol 314: Political Communicatio, Pol 315: Minority Politics, Pol 341: Amer Democ & Critics, Pol 344: Amer Political Thought, Pol 345: Marxism & Tradition, Pol 361: Administrative Process, Pol 363: Planning Process, Pol 364: Pub Personnel Admin, Pol 366: Public Budgeting, Pol 402: Pol of Civ Lib, Pol 441: Marxism & Tradition, Pol 471: Sur of Criminalistics, Pol 501: American Exec, Pol 502: Intergovt Relations, Pol 503: Judicial Behavior, Pol 511: Political Behavior, Pol 512: Govt and Public Policy, Pol 519: Internship/Govnt, Pol 522: Compar Legis Behavior, Pol 532: Contemp Intern Prob, Pol 533: Asia in World Affairs, Pol 534: Form Amer Foreign Pol, Pol 535: Int/Confl Nuclear Age, Pol 541: Philos Befor Reformati, Pol 543: Amer Political Thought, Pol 561: Planning Process, Pol 562: Pub Personnel Admin, Pol 563: Court Administration, Pol 564: Public Budgeting, Pol 566: Administrative Law, Pol 570: Colloquium/Crim Justic, Pol 571: Miss Crim Law/Procedur, Pol 572: Police Mgmt Systems, Pol 573: Probation and Parole, Pol 574: Crim Justice & Society, Pol 578: Intern Law Enforce, Pol 590: Colloquium/Politics, Pol 599: Readings/Research, Pol 300: Judicial Process, Pol 303: The American Presidency, Pol 304: American Legislative Process, Pol 305: Judicial Behavior, Pol 368: Administrative Law, Pol 306: Const Law I:  Supreme Court & Const., Pol 307: Const Law II:  Civil Lib & Civil Rights, Pol 308: Voting and Political Participation, Pol 309: Public Opinion and Political Psychology, Pol 327: Politics of Israel, Pol 310: Political Parties and Interest Groups, Pol 311: Political Communication, Pol 313: American Federalism, Pol 316: State and Local Government and Politics, Pol 328: Politics of Canada, Pol 317: Mississippi Politics, Pol 318: Politics of the American South, Pol 319: Minority Politics, Pol 320: African American Politics, Pol 321: Politics of Latin America, Pol 322: Politics of Western Europe, Pol 323: Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, Pol 324: Politics of China, Pol 325: Politics of Southeast Asia, Pol 326: Politics of Russia, Pol 330: Contemporary International Problems, Pol 329: Transitions to Democracy, Pol 331: International Organization, Pol 332: Ethnic Conflict and International Terror, Pol 334: Politics of the World Economy, Pol 335: Ideology in American Foreign Policy, Pol 336: Political Economy of Int'l Dev, Pol 337: Asia in World Affairs, Pol 338: Formulation of American Foreign Policy, Pol 339: International Conflict, Pol 340: Politics of East Asia, Pol 341: German Politics, Pol 342: Politics of Mexico and Central America, Pol 343: Comparative Democratic Institutions, Pol 362: Intl Tele Policy/Admin, Pol 351: Strategy in Politics, Pol 344: Politics of Advanced Industrial Society, Pol 372: Police Processes and Policy, Pol 375: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Pol 345: Politics of South America, Pol 346: Women and Politics, Pol 349: Middle East Politics, Pol 352: Quantitative Methods in Pol Sci, Pol 361: Strategic Choice in Int'l Relations, Pol 363: War in World Politics, Pol 364: Comparative Foreign Policy, Pol 367: Policy Analysis, Pol 380: Topics in Political Science Abroad, Pol 382: Comparative Legislative Behavior, Pol 383: Comparative Ethnic Politics, Pol 384: Western Social Movements, Pol 386: European Political Economy, Pol 387: Political Economy of East Asia, Pol 389: Internship in Government, Pol 398: Special Topics in Political Science, Pol 399: Readings & Research in Political Science, Pol 401: Senior Seminar in American Politics, Pol 421: Senior Seminar in Comparitive Politics, Pol 431: Senior Seminar in International Politics, Pol 490: Directed Readings in Political Science, Pol 491: Directed Research in Political Science, Pol 492: Mock Trial, Pol 497: Washington Policy Process, Pol 472: Seminar in Police Problems, Pol 473: Criminal Law I, Pol 477: Criminal Justice Theory, Pol 500: Seminar in American Politics, Pol 523: Theories of Comparative Pol Analysis, Pol 531: Seminar in International Relations, Pol 550: Research in Politics, Pol 551: Empirical Political Analysis, Pol 552: Applied Political Research, Pol 312: Interest Groups, Pol 369: Exploring Global Futures, Pol 513: Covering South Politic, Pol 531: Southern Politics, Pol 542: Pol Phil Recent/Con, Pol 565: Policy Analysis, Pol 579: Intern Crim Justice
Overall Major GPA 0 Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Resident Major GPA 0 Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Pol residency hrs 12 Student must earn at least 12 hours of their major courses in residence.
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