Political Science

Contact Information   
Neal Coates, Chair
ACU Box 29143
Abilene, Texas 79699-9143
Hardin Administration Building, Room 220

Phone: 325-674-2095
Fax: 325-674-6962
Email: coatesn@pols.acu.edu
Web: www.acu.edu/politicalscience

Faculty
Neal Coates, Professor
David Dillman, Professor
Mel Hailey, Professor
Jaclyn Woolf, Instructor

 Majors:  

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

Minor:   Political Science 

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. 
  • 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.
  • Media and Journalism. Politics and media are intertwined, and students preparing for a career in broadcasting or journalism should be informed about politics and government.
  • Secondary Teaching. The Department of History, in cooperation with the Department of Political Science and the Department of Teacher Education, 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)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Non-Advanced Course Work

   POLS 225 National Government

   POLS 226 States and Federal System or

         POLS 227 Introduction to International Relations  

Advanced Course Selections

American (choose two courses):  

    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 497 Topics in Public Administration

International Relations (choose one course):  

    POLS 481 International Relations Theory

    POLS 484 International Law and Organization

    POLS 485 International Political Economy

    POLS 487 Terrorism Studies

    POLS 488 Topics in International Politics

    POLS 489 International Relations and Christianity

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 course):  

    POLS 393 Peace, Power, and Politics

    POLS 490 Early Political Theory

    POLS 491 Recent Political Theory

    POLS 492 American Political Thought (writing intensive course)

    POLS 493 Topics in Contemporary Political Thought (writing intensive course)

Public Law (choose one course):  

    POLS 384 American Judicial Process

    POLS 431 Constitutional Law: Powers

    POLS 432 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights

Research Methods

    POLS 315 Research Methods or

         SOCI 415 Social Research

Advanced POLS Selection  

Political Science Capstone Course 

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements

 and are not included in total major hours


(3)1

 

3

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

3

 








3

 

 

 

 

 

 
6

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 






3 - 4

3

3

36-37

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

    BIBD 486 Ethics  

    ECON 260 Macroeconomics  

    ECON 261 Microeconomics  

    FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222  

    Sophomore Literature  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

(3)1

(3)1

3

6

3

12

ELECTIVES  

 

Minimum  

 

24

 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 

 

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade for each course in major  

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

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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)      
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Non-Advanced Course Work

    POLS 225 National Government

    POLS 227 Intro to International Relations 

Advanced Course Selections

American (choose one course):  

    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 481 International Relations Theory      

Choose two courses:  

         POLS 484 International Law and Organization

         POLS 485 International Political Economy

         POLS 487 Terrorism Studies     

         POLS 488 Topics in International Politics 

         POLS 489 International Relations and Christianity

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 393 Peace, Power, and Politics

    POLS 490 Early Political Theory

    POLS 491 Recent Political Theory

    POLS 492 American Political Thought (writing intensive course)

    POLS 493 Topics in Contemporary Political Thought (writing intensive course)

Public Law (choose one course):  

    POLS 384 American Judicial Process

    POLS 431 Constitutional Law: Powers

    POLS 432 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights

Research Methods

    POLS 315 Research Methods or

             SOCI 415 Social Research

ACU Study Abroad Program Participation

Political Science Capstone Course

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours


(3)1

3

 

3

  

 

 

 

 


3

 

3

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

3

6

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 - 4 

3

39-40

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Bible

    BIBD 486 Ethics  

Economics

    ECON 260 Macroeconomics  

    ECON 261 Microeconomics  

English

    Sophomore Literature  

Foreign Language

    FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, or FLSP 221, 222  

    Choose two courses: FLFR, FLSP 300-499  

TOTAL   

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

 

(3)1

3

 

3

 

6

6

18

ELECTIVES  

 

Minimum  

 

15

 

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS

 

72

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum grade for each course in major  

Minimum GPA in major  

Minimum GPA for graduation   

Minimum advanced hours  

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

C

2.25

2.00

33

128

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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  

TOTAL  

6

12

18

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.   

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