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Major/Minor Guidelines

Guidelines

The major requirements of the Government and Political Affairs department here at Millersville University consists of thirty-three (33) semester hours of courses within the department curriculum. Included within this 33 s.h. is twelve (12) s.h. from the required courses (GOVT 111, GOVT 221, GOVT 231, and GOVT 251), fifteen (15) s.h. at the 300 or higher levels; and six s.h. of electives. In addition to the 33 s.h. in the department, the student must choose a minor.

The department's courses fall into three (3) areas:

I. American Government and Politics

  • GOVT 111: Introduction to Amercian Government
                     GOVT 111 is a required course for government majors
  • GOVT 112: Introduction to State and Local Governemnt
  • GOVT 205: Introduction to Public Policy
  • GOVT 215: The American Presidency
                     GOVT 111 is strongly recommended
  • GOVT 241: Public Administration and Public Service (W)
  • GOVT 312: American Political Parties and Interest groups
                     GOVT 111 is strongly recommended
  • GOVT 314: The American Judiciary
                     GOVT 111 is required
  • GOVT 315: Congress and Lawmaking (W)
                     GOVT 111 is required
  • GOVT 333: American Political Thought
                     GOVT 111 is strongly recommended
  • GOVT 341: Introduction to City Planning (P)
                     GOVT 111 is strongly recommended
  • GOVT 355: American Foreign Policy
                     GOVT 111 and/or GOVT 251 are strongly recommended
  • GOVT 361: Politics of Race and Ethnicity
                     GOVT 111 is required
  • GOVT 411: Constitutional Law I: Separation of Powers and Federalism
                     GOVT 111 is required / GOVT 314 is strongly recommended
  • GOVT 412: Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
                     GOVT 111 is required / GOVT 314 is strongly recommended

II. International/Comparative Politics

  • GOVT 221: Introduction to Comparative Political Systems
                     GOVT 221 is a required course for government majors
  • GOVT 251: Introduction to Global Affairs
                     GOVT 251 is a required course for government majors
  • GOVT 323: Politics of the Middle East
  • GOVT 325: Politics of East Asia
                     GOVT 221 is strongly recommended
  • GOVT 327: Canadian Government and Politics (P)
  • GOVT 351: International Law
                     GOVT 251 and/or GOVT 352 are strongly recommended
  • GOVT 352: International Organizations
                     GOVT 251 and/or GOVT 351 are strongly recommended
  • GOVT 355: American Foreign Policy
                     GOVT 111 and/or GOVT 251 are strongly recommended
  • GOVT 379: International Human Rights
                     GOVT 251; GOVT 351; GOVT 352 and/or INTL 201 is recommended

III. Theory and Methods

  • GOVT 101: Introduction to Political Studies
  • GOVT 231: Introduction to Political Theory
                     GOVT 231 is a required course for government majors
  • GOVT 301: Methods of Political Theory
    This course is strongly recommended for those planning graduate/advance study in political science
  • GOVT 332: Recent Developments in Political Theory
                     GOVT 231 is strongly recommended
  • GOVT 333: American Political Thought
                     GOVT 231 is strongly recommended

IV. Other

  • GOVT 408: Seminar in Government and Political Affairs

Addresses special topics in the discipline at an advance level. Seminar may be taken more than once provided the topic is different each time. GOVT 408 can satisfy either the American Politics or the International Area. Comparative requirement depending upon the topic. Consult advisor and the department chairperson.

V. Additional Guidelines

  1. Internships and Co-ops
    A maximum of three internship/co-op credits may be counted towards the major or minor under the political science elective category at the 200-level.

    Under special circumstances, depending upon the content and level of the internship/co-op and with the permission of the department chair, majors (not minors) may count and additional three credits towards the completion of the major requirements.
  2. Department Honors Option
    The University's policy regarding Departmental Honors is outlines in the Undergraduate Catalog. When considering whether to pursue Departmental Honors, majors should consider the following general guidelines:
    • To be eligible, students must have completed 75 s.h. and have a cumulative QPA of at least 3.0 and endorsement of a department faculty member (they need not be enrolled in the University Honors Program).
    • The student must be committed to conducting a research/thesis program for two academic semesters prior to expected time of graduation for a total of 3 credits, which are not counted towards the requirements for the major.
    • The student should be aware that the completed thesis will be submitted to, examined by and orally defended before a departmental committee.
    • The student should be aware that the completed thesis will be submitted to, examined by and orally defended before a departmental committee.

Contact your advisor for further information on this option.

C. Pi Sigma Alpha

The Department maintains a chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Majors who have at least a 3.0 overall QPA and at least a 3.35 QPA in the major by the semester they apply to graduate will be contacted by the Department. For those students eligible, a $30 lifetime membership fee is required.