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The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science has as its focus the theoretical and methodological aspects of the study of politics. It introduces students to the systematic analysis of political structures, institutions, issues and events. An understanding of the historical and behavioral aspects of political life in an increasingly globalized world is the foundation on which the academic curriculum for this degree is based. The Bachelor of Arts program in political science prepares students to identify, analyze, and critically interrogate relations of power and governance. Whether the particular topic is legislative systems, international relations, parties and elections, social movements, law, or political theory, coursework in political science provides the opportunity for in-depth study of the distribution, dynamics, and legitimization of political power.
JCU’s program and curriculum in political science has traditional strengths in the behavioral and historical study of American, European and international institutional politics, as well as global public policy, human rights, peace and conflict studies, and global political theory. Reflecting its special place in Rome as the birthplace of the European Union and as capital of both a political state (Italy) and an international religious faith (the Catholic Church), and of three international food organizations, JCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also offers a regional focus on politics in the European and broader Mediterranean context.
Learning Outcomes for the Political Science Major
Requirements for the Degree*
A. The Proficiency Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics and Foreign Language.
B. The General Distribution Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts (the Social Sciences and Humanities requirements will be satisfied by completing the core curriculum courses below).
C. Core Curriculum **
D. Major Electives Six major electives are required for the major, to be chosen from the PL, LAW, SOSC, and HS listings not included in the core curriculum. Of these courses, no more than two HS courses and one SOSC may be taken as major electives. In addition, credit earned from an internship can be applied towards the Major Electives. All courses must be at the 200 level or above, and at least four courses must be at the 300 level or above.
The University requires an overall minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the University, with no more than two grades lower than C- in core courses.
E. General Electives sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.
*Students who entered JCU before Fall 2014 have the option of following the Political Science curriculum in effect at the time they entered the University or switching to the new major. Students are encouraged to follow the new major whenever possible. Students must declare which curriculum they will follow (old or new) in Fall 2014 for Spring 2015 registration.
Students who are following the pre-Fall 2014 major, can review the requirements here.
**Any student majoring in Political Science before Fall 2014 will have the following options:
Students must complete at least two modern European history courses from combinations of the old and new sequence. If a student has completed any two of the old sequence they have completed the graduation requirement. If a student had only completed one of the old sequence, s/he must take one of the new sequence as follows:
***HS 345 Europe since 1945 (Prerequisite: Junior Standing) is an upper level version of the old HS 263.