POLITICAL SCIENCE - Dept. Code:  POL
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INTRODUCTION

A political science major prepares students for work in a number of fields including law, politics, public policy, public administration, and international affairs, as well as employment in business and the non-profit sector.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Political science majors gain an understanding of American political and legal life, the workings of other countries’ political and economic systems, the relations among countries in the international arena, and key concepts in both political philosophy and social science methodology.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Five year program: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration

A special curriculum for students specializing in public administration enables them to complete the requirements for a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in five years.


MAJOR

The political science major consists of at least 30 credits. At least 21 credits of these must be earned at the University of Miami.

To count toward the major, each course must be completed with a grade of C- or above, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above.

1. Nine credits must be taken in departmental core courses, namely, POL 201, POL 202, and POL 203. POL 213 does not count toward the major.
The remaining credits must meet the following distributional requirements:
2.  At least six of the credits must come from 500-level seminar courses offered by the University of Miami. This includes any 500-level seminar offered by the Department of Political Science or cross-listed with Political Science. The following 500 level courses are not seminars and do not fulfill this requirement:
POL 520 Internship
POL 521 Public Affairs Internship
POL 563 Senior Thesis (I)
POL 564 Senior Thesis (II)
POL 599 Directed Readings
(Note that POL 599: Special Topics is a seminar and does fulfill this requirement.)

3. At least one course above the 200-level must be taken in three of the following five principal sub-fields of political science:

American Politics
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Public Administration, Policy, and Law
Political Theory and Methods

These can include courses used to fulfill requirement #1 above. Please note that some courses cover more than one sub-field Students may not, however, use a single class to fill two sub-field requirements

American Politics:

POL 309 American Political Thought
POL 311 Conspiracy Theories
POL 313 The Constitution
POL 314 Legislative Process
POL 315 American Presidency
POL 332 Mass Media and Politics
POL 334 Campaigns
POL 335 Local Government
POL 342 State and Local Government and Politics
POL 343 Government in Metropolitan Areas
POL 349 U. S. Defense Policy
POL 351 Public Opinion
POL 352 Political Parties
POL 353 Interest Groups and Lobbying
POL 354 The CIA and the World of Intelligence
POL 360 Congressional Representation
POL 408 The 2008 Election
POL 515 Media Content Analysis
POL 528 Advanced Seminar on Electoral Behavior
POL 529 Conducting U.S. Elections
POL 530 Intelligence and National Security Decision Making
POL 536 U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies
POL 540 Problems in American Foreign Policy
POL 542 American Constitutional Development
POL 543 Urban Politics
POL 547 Congressional Representation
POL 548 Civic Participation and Democracy
POL 550 Advanced Seminar on American Politics
POL 552 Politics and Group Perspectives
POL 553 The Environmental Movement:  Groups, Beliefs and Values
POL 599 Special Topics: Congress, the President, and Spending
POL 599 Special Topics: Conducting U.S. Elections
POL 599 Special Topics: Legislative and Judicial Seminar
POL 599 Special Topics: The Politics of Civil Rights

Other POL 599: Special Topics classes may count as an American Politics course. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for questions about POL599 courses not listed in the Bulletin.

Comparative Politics:

POL 308 Security, Globalization, and Human Rights
POL 323 Global Warming Politics and the European Union
POL 344 Gender and Politics
POL 380 Comparative Political Analysis
POL 381 European Governments and Politics
POL 382 Government and Politics of the Federal Republic of Germany
POL 384 Postcommunist Russian Politics
POL 385 Politics and Society in Latin America
POL 386 Democratic Consolidation
POL 387 Politics of the Middle East
POL 388 Politics of Israel
POL 525 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
POL 531 Global Environmental Politics
POL 534 War Crimes Tribunals
POL 535 Comparative Legal Systems
POL 579   Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Secession
POL 580 The Politics of Post-Communist Transitions
POL 581 Comparative Political Economy of Post-Industrial Democracies
POL 582 Political Economy Development
POL 584 Contemporary Latin American Politics
POL 588 Politics in China

Other POL 599: Special Topics may count as a Comparative Politics course. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for questions about POL599 courses not listed in the Bulletin.

International Relations:

POL 308 Security, Globalization, and Human Rights
POL 323 Global Warming Politics and the European Union
POL 337 International Law
POL 345 The United States and Asia
POL 346 U. S.-Latin American Relations
POL 347 American Foreign Policy
POL 348 United States Relations with the Middle East
POL 349 U. S. Defense Policy
POL 391 Topics in International Relations
POL 392 International Terrorism
POL 530 Intelligence and National Security Decision Making
POL 531 Global Environmental Politics
POL 540 Problems in American Foreign Policy
POL 544 Chinese Foreign Policy
POL 570 Uniting States in International Perspective
POL 577 Security in South Asia
POL 579   Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Secession
POL 586 Conflict in the Middle East and Africa
POL 591 Problems in International Politics and Organization
POL 592 International Political Economy
POL 593 International Relations of the Middle East
POL 599 Special Topics: Counterinsurgency Warfare
POL 599 Special Topics: Security in the Black Sea and the Caspian
POL 599 Special Topics: Security in South Asia
POL 599 Special Topics: Security, Globalization, and Human Rights

Other POL 300 or POL 599: Special Topics courses may count as an International Relations course. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for questions about POL 300 and POL 599 courses not listed in the Bulletin.
Public Administration, Policy, and Law:
POL 300 Growth Management
POL 321 Public Policy and Administration
POL 322 Environmental Politics and Policy
POL 336 Politics of Crime
POL 337 International Law
POL 372 Introduction to Criminal Justice
POL 373 Constitutional Law I
POL 374 Constitutional Law II
POL 375 Supreme Court Issues
POL 376 Discrimination and the Law
POL 377 Constitutional Law III
POL 396 Policy for Urban Systems
POL 501 Budget and Financial Management and Administration
POL 522 Introduction to Graduate Public Administration
POL 523 Problems in Public and Non-Profit Management
POL 524 Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management
POL 525 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
POL 526 Administrative Law
POL 533 Courts and Controversy
POL 534 War Crimes Tribunals
POL 535 Comparative Legal Systems
POL 536 U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies
POL 537 The Law and Politics of Sports
POL 541 Philosophy of Law
POL 542 American Constitutional Development
POL 545 Environmental Policymaking
POL 546 Public Policy
POL 551 Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
POL 554 Social Welfare Policy
POL 555 Total Quality Public Service Management:  Achieving High Performance Government
POL 556 Political Ethics
POL 557 Ethical Issues in Government
POL 558 Digital Technology and Electronic Government
POL 569 Politics, Law and Sexual Identity
POL 599 Special Topics: Digital Technology and Electronic Government
POL 599 Special Topics: Public Project Management & Procedures

Other POL 599: Special Topics courses may count as a Public Administration, Policy, and Law Course. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for questions about POL599 courses not listed in the Bulletin.

Political Theory and Methods:

POL 250   Scope and Methods in Political Science
POL 305   Introduction to Political Theory
POL 306   Positive Political Theory
POL 307   Political Ideologies
POL 309   American Political Thought
POL 310   God, Science, and Politics
POL 311   Conspiracy Theories
POL 380   Comparative Political Analysis
POL 510   Political Analysis
POL 512   Advanced Political Analysis
POL 513   Models of Politics
POL 515   Media Content Analysis
POL 541   Philosophy of Law
POL 599   Introduction to Game Theory
POL 599   Ideals and Realities

Other POL 599: Special Topics courses may count as a Political Theory and Methods class. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for questions about POL599 courses not listed in the Bulletin.


MINOR

A minor requires 15 credits of political science, three of which must be from POL 201, 202, or 203.  To qualify for the minor at least 9 credits must be earned in residence.

To count toward a minor, each course must be completed with a grade of C- or higher, with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. POL 213 does not count toward the minor.


DEPARTMENTAL HONORS


To earn Departmental Honors a student must:

1. Graduate with an overall GPA of 3.500.

2. Graduate with a political science GPA of at least 3.700.