2019-2020 Catalog

Political Science, Associate of Arts

Political Science is a multi-faceted sub-discipline within the realm of the Social Sciences, drawing upon theoretical and practical lessons derived from the study of human societies. As an academic discipline, Political Science allows students to focus on and study a wide array of fascinating aspects of human behavior, including: the concept of power; the wielding of power in the context of authoritative decision-making; political leadership; types and forms of political and governmental institutions; the basis of laws for organizing and governing societies; forms of political participation in different societies; comparing and contrasting different political systems across the world; international relations and global politics; among others. A Political Science Associate of Arts degree opens doors for students into further, more advanced, areas of study, as well as professional application in a variety of career settings, including: education (at all levels); journalism; law; and public service (locally, nationally, and internationally). Students in the discipline are encouraged to develop important skills in critical thinking and inquiry, as well as regarding quality verbal and written communication. Ultimately, the study of Political Science provides students with valuable know-how for becoming more complete local, national and global citizens—regardless of particular occupations or professions.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

4

POLS 1000AMERICAN & WYOMING GOVERNMENT

3

POLS 1200NON-WESTERN POLITICAL CULTURES

3

Total Credit Hours:16
Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:
  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total. 
  • Students transferring to University of Wyoming may take MATH 1000; students transferring out of state must take MATH 1400 or above unless they have verified transferability of MATH 1000.
  • Any foreign language may fulfill this requirement, as long as the 1-year sequence is completed. American Sign Language and Native American Languages are not considered foreign languages.
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

    3

    APPROVED SCIENCE COURSE

    4

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE

    4

    APPLIED ARTS ELECTIVE

    3

    MAJOR AREA COURSES

    3

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • BIOL 1003/04 is the preferred choice, yet BIOL 1010/11, GEOL 1100/01, CHEM 1000/01, PHYS 1050/51 may fulfill this requirement.
  • Any foreign language may fulfill this requirement, as long as the 1-year sequence is completed. American Sign Language and Native American Languages are not considered foreign languages.
  • Applied Arts Electives to select from: ART 1150, ART 1160, COMM 2010, COMM 2110, THEA 1100.
  • Major Area Courses to select from: POLS 2000, POLS 2128, POLS 2250, POLS 2380, POLS 2075, POLS 2410, POLS 2470.
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    SOCIAL SCIENCE OR HUMANITIES

    3

    ANTH 1300INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

    3

    OR

    ANTH 1100BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

    4

    STAT 2070STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE

    4

    POLS 2460INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

    3

    MAJOR AREA COURSES

    3

    Total Credit Hours:16-17

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • Social Science/Humanities may be selected from: HIST 1320, HIST 1330, HUMN 1010, PHIL 1000, PHIL 2300, PHIL 2315, PSYC 1000, SOC 1000, ANTH 1200, SOC 1080, SOC 1100, SOC 1500 or a Technology/Business course as listed in Sophomore Year - Spring Semester footnote.
  • STAT 2010 or 2050 may replace STAT 2070.
  • Major Area Course may be selected from: POLS 2000, POLS 2128, POLS 2250, POLS 2380, POLS 2075, POLS 2410, POLS 2470.
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    BUSINESS ELECTIVE

    3

    OR

    TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY ELECTIVE

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

    3

    HIST ELECTIVE

    3

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    POLS 2310INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

    3

    MAJOR AREA COURSES

    3

    Total Credit Hours:15

    Sophomore Year - Springs Semester Notes:

  •  Business or T&I Elective. Students may select from: BADM 1000, CMAP 1705, CMAP 1750, CMAP 1800, CMAP 1860, CMAP 1905, CMAP 2600, ECON 1010, ECON 1020.
  •  Social Science Elective. Students may select from: ANTH 2000, ANTH 2210, CRMJ 1001, HIST 2030, HIST 2059, HIST 2060, HIST 2080, HIST 2310, HIST 2455, PSYC 2300, PSYC 2380, POLS 2128, SOC 2200, SOC 2325, SOC 2350.
  • History Elective. Students may select from: HIST 1211, HIST 1221, HIST 1251, HIST 1290.
  • Major Elective. Students may select from: POLS 2000, POLS 2128, POLS 2250, POLS 2380, POLS 2075, POLS 2410, POLS 2470.
  • Total Credit Hours: 64-65