2018-2019 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

HIST 1211U.S. TO 1865

3

SPAN 1010FIRST YEAR SPANISH I

4

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

HEALTH & HUMAN ACTIVITY

1

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:15
Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:
  • SPAN 1010 can another foreign language course, when available. 
  • Health & Human Activity requirement can be fulfilled with courses from the PEAC prefix or HLED 1003.
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    HIST 1221U.S. FROM 1865

    3

    POLS 1000AMERICAN & WYOMING GOVERNMENT

    3

    APPROVED SCIENCE COURSE

    4

    ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

    3

    SPAN 1020FIRST YEAR SPANISH II

    4

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • SPAN 1020 can another foreign language course, when available. 
  • Approved Science Course can be fulfilled by Current Issues in Biology (BIOL 1003) or Physical Geology (GEOL 1100). 
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    POLS 1200NON-WESTERN POLITICAL CULTURES

    3

    POLS 2128TERRORISM

    3

    COMM 2010PUBLIC SPEAKING

    3

    SPAN 2030SECOND YEAR SPANISH I

    4

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

    3

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • Social Science can be fulfilled by Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1200), Sociological Principles (SOC 1000), or Social Problems (SOC 1100).
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    POLS 2310INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

    3

    APPROVED ECONOMICS OR STATISTICS

    3-4

    PSYC 1000GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

    4

    APPROVED COMMUNICATION COURSE

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

    3

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:16-17

    Sophomore Year - Springs Semester Notes:

  • Approved Economics or Statistics Course can be fulfilled by Statistics for Social Science (STAT 2070) or Macroeconomics (ECON 1010).
  • Approved Communication Course can be fulfilled by Latin American Studies (POLS 2250), Interpersonal Communication (COMM 1030), or Introduction to Human Communication (COMM 1040).
  • Social Science can be fulfilled with Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1200), Sociological Principles (SOC 1000), or Social Problems (SOC 1100).

  • Total Credit Hours: 64-65