Political Science

 

Contact Information

Mel Hailey, Chair

ACU Box 29143

Abilene, Texas 79699-9143

Hardin Administration Building, Room 220

 

Phone: 325-674-2095

Fax: 325-674-6962

Email: hailey@pols.acu.edu

Web: www.acu.edu/academics/cas/politicalscience/

 

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Political Science (BA)

Political Science-Concentration in International 
   Relations and Comparative Politics (BA)

Minor in Political Science

Faculty

Melanie Castleberg, Instructor

Neal E. Coates, Associate Professor

David L. Dillman, Professor

Caron Gentry, Assistant Professor

Mel Hailey, Professor

 

Major and Minor: Political Science

 

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section
of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Political Science include those with the following designation: POLS.

 



The Department of Political Science offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. The Department of Political Science also offers the BA with a concentration in international relations and comparative politics for political science majors desiring a focused study of world politics. A minor in political science may be added to other majors.

 

Introduction

The purpose of the Department of Political Science is to help students understand domestic and international politics and to prepare them for informed and active participation in the political arena and public service.

Opportunities for careers include:

          • Government Service. Public service is a major emphasis of the department. ACU’s
             Public Service Internship Program gives outstanding students part-time, public-sector
             work experience along with their course work. Students are eligible for up to 6 hours
             credit in this program.

          • Communication Journalism. Politics and media are intertwined, and students
             preparing for a career in broadcasting or journalism should be informed about politics
             and government.

          • Law. Political science is an excellent preparation for law school, and many recent
             graduates have gone on to successful careers in the various fields of law.

          • Secondary Teaching. The Department of History, in cooperation with the Department of
             Political Science and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, offers a Bachelor of
             Science (BS) degree with a teaching specialization in social studies.

          • College Teaching. The department gives a broad exposure to politics and government,
             which is excellent preparation for graduate study and teaching at the community college,
             senior college or university level.

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in political science program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE (BA)

BA: POLITICAL SCIENCE DEGREE PLAN (POLS)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     BIBD 486 Ethics ..................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, NUTR 120 .....6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020, or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities

     ECON 260 Macroeconomics ..................................................................................

     POLS 225 National Government ............................................................................

     Choose from: anthropology, geography, philosophy, psychology
          (also EDUC 221), sociology .............................................................................

3

3

 

3

Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222 ...........................................................................6
Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Non-Advanced Course Work
     POLS 226 States and Federal System ....................................................................3
Advanced Course Selections

     American (choose two courses): ....................................................................

          POLS 328 Urban Politics

          POLS 341 American Public Policy

          POLS 381 American Political Process

          POLS 382 American Presidency

          POLS 383 Congress and Legislative Process

          POLS 385 American Foreign Policy

     Public Administration (choose one course): ...................................................

          POLS 395 Public Administration (recommended)

          POLS 494 Public Administration Management

          POLS 495 Public Budgeting

          POLS 497 Topics in Public Administration

     International Relations (choose one course): ................................................

          POLS 483 International Relations

          POLS 484 International Law and Organization

          POLS 485 International Political Economy

          POLS 488 Topics in International Politics

     Comparative Politics (choose one course): ....................................................

          POLS 344 Comparative Politics

          POLS 345 Comparative Public Policy

          POLS 357 West European Politics

          POLS 358 CIS and East European Politics

          POLS 360 Politics of Developing Countries

          POLS 361 Politics of the Middle East

     Political Theory (choose two courses): ..........................................................

          POLS 490 Early Political Theory

          POLS 491 Recent Political Theory

          POLS 492 American Political Thought

          POLS 493 Topics in Contemporary Political Thought

     Public Law (choose one course): ....................................................................

          POLS 384 American Judicial Process

          POLS 431 Constitutional Law: Powers

          POLS 432 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights

     Advanced POLS Selection ................................................................................

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................30
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR

     ECON 261 Microeconomics ...................................................................................

     SOCI 415 Social Research ...................................................................................

3

4

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................7
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................26
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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Concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics

The Department of Political Science also offers the BA with a concentration in international relations and comparative politics for political science majors desiring a focused study of world politics.

 

BA: POLITICAL SCIENCE (CONCENTRATION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS) DEGREE PLAN (POLS) (IRCP)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ....................................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     BIBD 486 Ethics ..................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..........................................................3
History
     HIST 100-299 .....................................................................................................3
Science
     Courses in two fields: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, AENV 130, NUTR 120 .....6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020, or higher (except MATH 147) .........................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...................................................................

     Literature ...........................................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities

     ECON 260 Macroeconomics ..................................................................................

     POLS 225 National Government ............................................................................

     Choose from: anthropology, geography, philosophy, psychology
          (also EDUC 221), sociology .............................................................................

3

3

 

3

Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222 ...........................................................................6
Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, MUSM 230, THEA 220 or THEA 250 ......................................3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
Non-Advanced Course Work
     POLS 226 States and Federal System ....................................................................3
Advanced Course Selections

     American (choose one course) ...........................................................................

          POLS 328 Urban Politics

          POLS 341 American Public Policy

          POLS 381 American Political Process

          POLS 382 American Presidency

          POLS 383 Congress and Legislative Process

          POLS 385 American Foreign Policy

     Public Administration

          POLS 395 Public Administration .......................................................................

     International Relations

          POLS 483 International Relations .....................................................................

          Choose two courses: ......................................................................................

               POLS 484 International Law and Organization

               POLS 485 International Political Economy

               POLS 488 Topics in International Politics 

     Comparative Politics

          POLS 344 Comparative Politics ........................................................................

          Choose two courses: ......................................................................................

               POLS 345 Comparative Public Policy

               POLS 357 West European Politics

               POLS 358 CIS and East European Politics

               POLS 360 Politics of Developing Countries

               POLS 361 Politics of the Middle East 

     Political Theory

          Choose one course: .......................................................................................

               POLS 490 Early Political Theory

               POLS 491 Recent Political Theory

               POLS 492 American Political Thought

               POLS 493 Topics in Contemporary Political Thought 

     Public Law

          Choose one course: .......................................................................................

               POLS 384 American Judicial Process

               POLS 431 Constitutional Law: Powers

               POLS 432 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights 

     ACU Study Abroad Program Participation

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

3

6

 

 

 

 

3

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................33
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR
Supplement

     ECON 261 Microeconomics ...................................................................................

     SOCI 415 Social Research ...................................................................................

3

4

Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLSP 300-499 .............................................................................................6
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................13
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................17
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum grade for each course in major ...............................................................

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



 

 

Minor in Political Science

The minor in political science requires 18 hours, of which 12 must be advanced.

MINOR: POLITICAL SCIENCE (POLS)

     POLS 100-499 .....................................................................................................

     POLS 300-499 .....................................................................................................

6

12

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................18


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