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: acu.edu/politicalscience

Faculty
Neal Coates, Professor
David Dillman, Professor
Mel Hailey, Professor
Kelly Knight, Instructor

Majors: 
Political Science (BA) 
Political Science (BS) Criminal Justice Emphasis
Political Science with Concentration in 
International Relations and Comparative Politics (BA)
Minor:     
Political Science 
Criminal Justice

The Department of Political Science offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and the Bachelor of Science in Political Science with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. 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 or Criminal Justice may be added to other majors.  The Department also offers a minor in Public Service, appropriate for students across campus, and also designed for those in the Jack Pope Fellows Program.

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.
  • Criminal Justice. The Department offers a bachelor of science degree in political science with an emphasis in criminal justice.  This degree is designed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States and the development and practical application of such concepts as deviant and criminal behavior, law, social control, civil liberties, and constitutionalism.
  • 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

    POLS 492 American Political Thought (writing-intensive course)

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

Research Methods

    POLS 315 Research Methods or

         SOCI 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course)

Advanced POLS Selection  

Political Science Capstone Course 

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements

 and are not included in total major hours


(3)1

 

3

 

6
 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

3

 








3

 

 

 

 

 

 
6

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 






 

 

 


3

3

3

36

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

    BIBP 486 Ethics  

    ECON 260 Macroeconomics  

    ECON 261 Microeconomics  

    FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, FLSP 221, 222  

    Sophomore Literature  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) 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 (writing-intensive)

ACU Study Abroad Program Participation

Political Science Capstone Course

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) 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 

3

39

SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  

Bible

    BIBP 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 parentheses) 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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POLITICAL SCIENCE (BS) (Criminal Justice Emphasis)  
 

 BS: POLITICAL SCIENCE WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE EMPHASIS DEGREE PLAN (POLC)  LAW, DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL    
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

  Sociology

    SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology 

    SOCI 205 Introduction to Criminal Justice  

    SOCI 355 Social Deviance  

    SOCI 388 Crime and Delinquency  

    SOCI 410 The Sociology of Social Control and Law 

    SOCI 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course)  

    SOCI 416 Social Statistics  

    SOCI 480 Inequality and Social Justice 

    SOCI 498 Sociological Practice I  

Social Work/Psychology

    PSYC 382 Abnormal Psychology  

Political Science

    POLS 384 American Judicial Process  

    POLS 431 Constitutional Law: Powers or

         POLS 432 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights  

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

(3)1

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

 

3

 

3

33

ELECTIVES  
Minimum           39
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS        72
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Statement of professional competence from internship sponsor

Exit interview

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


Minor in Criminal Justice  
MINOR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE  (POLC)

SOCI 205 Introduction to Criminal Justice  

SOCI 355 Social Deviance  

SOCI 388 Crime and Delinquency  

SOCI 410 Sociology of Social Control and Law  

SOCI 415 Social Research (writing-intensive course)

SOCI 442 Cultural Diversity  

TOTAL  

3

3

3

3

3

3

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, SOCI.   

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