Thematic Sequences in Political Science

POL3 / National Political Institutions (12 credit hours)

Enables you to understand the political system in which you live, how it operates or fails to do so, where and how citizen influence is applied, and how to assess proposals for reform. Take POL 241 first, then select three additional courses from the options listed. Sequence of four courses listed below (12 credits).

Take this course: POL 241 American Political System (3)

PLUS, three of these courses:

  • POL 343 American Presidency (3)
  • POL 344 U.S. Congress (3)
  • POL 352 Constitutional Law and Politics (3)
  • POL 353 Constitutional Rights and Liberties (3)
  • POL 356 Mass Media and Politics (3)

POL6 / Public Management and Leadership (9 credit hours)

Gain an understanding of the importance and workings of governmental agencies, their influence on society and daily life, and their prospects for promoting general welfare. Confronted with both theoretical issues and practical problems, you are encouraged to be a real-world problem solver through an understanding of the “fourth branch” of government, the administrative bureaucracy. Sequence of three courses listed below (9 credits).

Take this course: POL 261 Public Administration (3)

PLUS, two of these courses:

  • POL 268 State and Local Government and Politics (3)
  • POL 362 Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics (3)
  • POL 364 Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations (3)
  • POL 467 Public Budgeting (3)
  • POL 468 Public Personnel Administration (3)


Note: These thematic sequences are not open to majors in the Department of Political Science. 

updated: 01/01/21