Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

Politics

The Politics and International Relations Department encourages students interested in pursuing a major or minor in the discipline to take POLI 100 Issues in Politics during their first year. All other Politics courses at the 100- or 200-level are also appropriate for first-year students from the time of their arrival at the College.

Major

Eleven courses distributed as follows:

  • POLI 100 Issues in Politics
  • MATH 215 Statistical Analysis
  • POLI 400 Research Methods
  • POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar
  • Political Theory TWO from:
    • POLI 240 History of Western Political Thought
    • POLI 245 American Political Thought
    • POLI 285 Topics in Political Theory
    • POLI 300 Feminist Political Thought
    • POLI 410 Advanced Topics in Political Theory
    • PHIL 285 Plato and Aristotle
    • PHIL 360 Social and Political Philosophy
  • American Politics TWO from:
    • POLI 130 American State and Local Government
    • POLI 205 Southern Politics
    • POLI 220 American Political Parties and Elections
    • POLI 224 Family Law
    • POLI 226 Social Deviance, Crime and Punishment
    • POLI 230 Public Administration
    • POLI 235 Public Policy
    • POLI 290 Topics in American Politics
    • POLI 305 Arkansas Politics: Seminar
    • POLI 306 Arkansas Politics: Practicum
    • POLI 310 American Presidency
    • POLI 320 Criminal Law
    • POLI 321 American Constitutional Law: The Federal System
    • POLI 322 American Constitutional Law: Individual Rights
    • POLI 340 U.S. Congress
    • POLI 365 Topics in Public Policy
    • POLI 380 Gender, Sexuality, and American Politics
    • POLI 390 Race and American Politics
    • POLI 420 Advanced Topics in American Politics
  • Comparative/Global Politics TWO from:
    • POLI 244 Topics in Global Politics
    • POLI 250 History of the International System
    • POLI 260 Political Economy
    • POLI 272 The Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
    • POLI 273 Contemporary Global Issues
    • POLI 281 U.S. Foreign Policy
    • POLI 282 Foreign Policy Analysis
    • POLI 283 Model United Nations
    • POLI 325 International Law and Organizations
    • POLI 326 International Human Rights
    • POLI 341 The World of Elections
    • POLI 355 Advanced International Relations
    • POLI 376 Democracy, Development and Violence
    • POLI 440 Advanced Topics in International Relations
  • Elective: One additional courses numbered 200 and above.

Minor

  • POLI 100 Issues in Politics
  • One course each from the Political Theory, American Politics, and Comparative/Global Politics subfields.
  • two other courses in Politics numbered 200 and above.

Course Planning

All students should take department courses at the appropriate level, although freshers may take 200-level courses beginning in the first semester, if desired. Even though each POLI 100 course is on a different issue, only one POLI 100 course may be taken for credit. 

While most courses have no prerequisites, there are some important exceptions.

  • POLI 250 History of the International System is a prerequisite for
    • POLI 325 International Law & Organizations;
    • POLI 355 Advanced International Relations; and
    • POLI 376 Democracy, Development and Violence.
  • Both MATH 215 Statistical Analysis and POLI 400 Research Methods are prerequisites for both
    • POLI 360 Applied Statistical Analysis and
    • POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar.
  • Students who plan to study abroad their junior year should take MATH 215 and POLI 400 during their sophomore year.
  • Students should not take POLI 497 before the senior year.

There is not particular “supporting program” for Politics majors.

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the politics major consists of the successful completion of POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based to a great degree on the grade in POLI 497 Senior Research Seminar.