COURSES


POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR

Students majoring in Political Science are required to complete sixteen courses (48 hours) in Political Science and select allied fields of Social Studies.

The subject areas that the major encompasses include: U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, World Politics and International Relations, Constitutional and Environmental Law, Political Philosophy, and the Senior Seminar on Globalization and Political Development.

The allied field courses include Service Learning, Criminal Justice, Economics, and Tusculum’s cross-disciplinary
Citizenship course.

The General Education course MATH 140, Elementary Statistics, is required for students majoring in Political Science.

Required Courses

  • BUSN 201 Principles of Economics I
  • *MATH 140, Elementary Statistics is a required course from the General Education core.
  • POLS 110 American Government
  • POLS 210 Comparative Government
  • POLS 220 World Politics and International Relations
  • POLS 230 State & Local Government
  • POLS/HIST 280 The History of Representative Government in the Western Tradition
  • POLS 315 Congress and Public Policy
  • POLS 325 Constitutional Interpretation
  • POLS 440 Environmental Law and Public Policy
  • POLS 480 Senior Seminar on Globalization
  • SVLN 354 Service-Learning in Northeast Tennessee

Choose five additional courses from the following:

  • BUSN 202 Principles of Economics II
  • POLS 310 The Presidency and Public Policy
  • POLS 335 Civil Rights and Liberties
  • POLS 350 Special Topics
  • POLS 360 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 410 Origins of the Civic Republican Tradition
  • POLS 430 International Law
  • POLS 450 Independent Study (6 hour maximum)
  • POLS 451, Internship (3 hour maximum)

Other acceptable courses (may select only one):

  • CRJU 201 Introduction to Criminal Courts and Procedures or
  • CIVS 251 Citizenship and Social Change

TOTAL: 48 semester hours

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR

Prerequisite:

  • POLS 110 American Government

Select any two of the following courses:

  • POLS 210 Comparative Government
  • POLS 220 World Politics and International Relations
  • POLS/HIST 280 The History of Representative Government in the Western Tradition

Select one of the following courses:

  • POLS 310 The Presidency and Public Policy
  • POLS 315 Congress and Public Policy

Select one of the following courses

  • POLS 325 Constitutional Interpretation
  • POLS 335 Civil Rights and Liberties

Select any two of the following courses:

  • POLS 410 Origins of the Civic Republican Tradition
  • POLS 430 International Law
  • POLS 440 Environmental Law and Public Policy
  • POLS 480 Senior Seminar on Globalization

TOTAL: 18 semester hours, plus prerequisite course

PRE-LAW MINOR

The minor in Pre-Law requires the completion of five political science courses and two courses in a law-related allied field.

Required courses:

  • POLS 110 American Government
  • POLS 325 Constitutional Interpretation
  • POLS 335 Civil Rights and Liberties
  • POLS 430 International Law
  • POLS 440 Environmental Law and Public Policy

Choose two from the following:

  • CRJU 201 Introduction to Criminal Courts and Procedures
  • CRJU 302 Ethical Decision Making in Justice (CRJU 105 prerequisite)
  • PSYC 231 Psychology and the Law (PSYC 101 prerequisite)
  • BUSN 403 Business Law and Ethics (BUSN 210 prerequisite)

TOTAL: 21 semester hours, plus prerequisite course(s)

 

TEACHER LICENSURE – GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATION

The following program leads to licensure for teaching Government in grades 6-12 and is comprised of 104 semester hours, as follows:

  • Major: 27
  • Professional Education: 36
  • General Education: 41

Major Curriculum

  • *POLS 110 American Government is a required course from the General Education core.
  • POLS 210 Comparative Government
  • POLS 220 World Politics and International Relations
  • POLS 230 State and Local Government
  • POLS 315 Congress and Public Policy
  • POLS 335 Civil Rights and Liberties
  • POLS 360 American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 430 International Law
  • POLS 440 Environmental Law and Public Policy
  • POLS 480 Senior Seminar on Globalization

Professional Education

  • EDUC 200 History, Principles and Philosophy of Education
  • EDUC 216 Innovative Instructional Technology
  • EDUC 320 Classroom Discipline and Management
  • EDUC 337 Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDUC 341 Planning Instruction in Today’s Classroom
  • EDUC 419 Content Area Reading
  • SPED 201 Survey of the Regular and Special Populations Within the School Environment

Practicum (3 hours)

  • EDUC 210 Teacher Education Field Experience
  • EDUC 211 Teacher Education Field Experience
  • EDUC 212 Teacher Education Field Experience

Clinical Experience (12 hours)

  • EDUC 452 Education Senior Seminar
  • EDUC 456 Enhanced Student Teaching (9-12)
  • EDUC 458 Enhanced Student Teaching (6-8)

General Education Curriculum

  • College Success Skills (1 hour): OREN 105 or OREN 106
  • Communication (9 hours – 3 hours must be speech): Composition – ENGL 110 or validation by ACT/SAT, ENGL 111 or ENGH 111 (honors) and SPCH 101 or an interpersonal and/or small group speech
  • Arts and Humanities (6 hours – 3 hours must be literature): Literature – ENGL 201, 204, 205, 217, 219, 223, 224, 225, 227, 228 231, 250; Fine Arts and Humanities – ARTS 110, 204, 208; ENGL 120, HRNS 101, HUMA 222, 223; MUSC 101, RELG 101, 102, 201, 230; THEA 104
  • Religious Studies (3 hours – Must be a different religion course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Arts and Humanities general education core): RELG 101, 102, 201, 230
  • Behavioral Wellness and Social Science (6 hours): Social Science – POLS 110 and PSYC 305 (required)
  • History (6 hours): HIST 101, 102, 201, 202 or HIST 280/POLS 280
  • Civic Studies (3 hours): CIVS 251 (required)
  • Natural Science (4 hours – lab required): BIOL 105, 110, 120, 251, 251; CHEM 101, 102; EVSC 111, GEOL 101, NSCI 105, PHYS 201 or 202
  • Mathematics (3 hours): MATH 140 (required)

TOTAL: 107 semester hours