Sample Degree Pathway for Political Science


For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Note: Majors must choose a focus area.1

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.1010 Intro to American Politics (SRE)
3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar 1
ENGL.1010/ HONR.1100 College Writing I/FYSH (CW) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS)2 - PSYC.1010 recommended 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 & Culture 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH)2 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW) 3
POLI.1120/1210 Intro to Comp. Pol. Systems / Intro to Intern. Relations (DCA)
3
xxxx.xxxx Science with/Lab Persp. (SCL)2 3/4
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS)2 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 & Culture 3
Total 15/16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.2010 Intro to Political Analysis (IL)
3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH)2 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with/Lab Persp. (SCL)2 3/4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 & Culture  or World Ready Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Math Persp. (MATH) - MATH.2830 recommended 3
Total 15/16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.3010 Research Methods in Political Science (CTPS), (QL)
3
POLI.xxxx Focus Elective1 3
POLI.xxxx Focus Elective1 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 & Culture  or World Ready Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Political Science or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.xxxx Focus Elective1 3
POLI.xxxx Focus Elective1 3
POLI.xxxx Political Science or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM)2 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH)2 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.xxxx Focus Elective1 3
POLI.xxxx Focus Elective1 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS)2 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective3 or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15
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Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.4xxx Approved 4000-level Seminar (WOC)4
3
xxxx.xxxx Political Science or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
POLI.4960/4970 Experiential Learning in Poli Sci/Practicum in the Law (AIL) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Total Minimum Credits = 120

Minimum Political Science Credits: 36

Maximum Political Science Credits That Can Be Counted Toward Graduation: 45

Minimum Upper Level Credits: 18 with a minimum of 6 at 400 level plus 12 at 300 Level or higher (POLI 3010, POLI 4960 or POLI 4970 count toward these requirements). One of these advanced courses must be a Seminar, which is a small class of advanced students, focused on more intensive writing than usual classes. The topics of seminar courses will vary each semester with the interests of department faculty. An alternative to a standard Seminar course is to select 46.4010 Research Seminar in Political Science after prior discussion with a professor. This individualized course requires an extensive research paper. The course can be taken in conjunction with a regular course in the same or subsequent semester, working with that professor to produce a research project in addition to the normal work of that course.

You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Political Science and Core Curriculum requirements.

1The Department focuses on four main fields within the discipline: American Politics, International Politics, Law & Politics, and Political Communication. Majors choose one area of focus, in which they take the following courses:

  • American Politics, Government, and Policy: at least 5 courses in this area, at least 1 International course, and 1 additional course in any area of political science.
  • International Relations & Comparative Politics: at least 5 courses in this area, at least 1 American Course (or a Law & Politics Course or Political Communication & Public Opinion Course with an American focus), and 1 additional course in any area of political science.
  • Law & Politics: at least 5 courses in this area, at least 1 International course (or Political Communication & Public Opinion Course with an International focus), and 1 additional course in any area of political science.
  • Political Communication & Public Opinion: at least 5 courses in this area, at least 1 International course (or a Law & Politics Course with an International focus), and 1 additional course in any area of political science.

2No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details.

3World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that laanguage, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

4Political Science majors satisfy the Written and Oral Communication (WOC) ELO by taking an approved, 4000-level Political Science seminar course. See your Advisement Report or the WOC Course Listing for a current list of approved courses.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

American Politics, Government, and Policy

  • POLI.1010 Introduction to American Politics
  • POLI.1050 Introduction to Public Policy
  • POLI.1750 Introduction to Environmental Politics
  • POLI.2120 American Media and Politics
  • POLI 2180 Introduction to Politics and Sports
  • POLI.2300 Law & the Legal System
  • POLI.2650 State & Local Politics
  • POLI.3070 American Political Thought
  • POLI.3090 Political Psychology
  • POLI.3100 'Isms' in American Politics
  • POLI.3110 Foundations of Law
  • POLI.3120 Campaign and Election Law
  • POLI.3130 Electoral Politics
  • POLI.3140 Parties and Interest Groups
  • POLI.3200 Gender Law & Politics
  • POLI 3230 Politics of Baseball
  • POLI 3240 Politics of Pro Football
  • POLI 3290 Politics of College Sports
  • POLI.3350 Constitutional Law and Politics
  • POLI.3370 Civil Liberties Law & Politics
  • POLI.3380 Political Participation
  • POLI.3390 Judicial Review Seminar
  • POLI.3430 Congress
  • POLI.3440 American Presidency
  • POLI.3550 Government Fiscal Policy
  • POLI.3560 Public Policy Analysis
  • POLI.3570 Thoreau in Our Time
  • POLI.3800 American Foreign Policy
  • POLI.4110 Dynamics, Power, and Authority
  • POLI.4220 Political Communication and Media Studies

International Relations & Comparative Politics

  • POLI.1120 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLI.1210 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLI.1250 Introduction to Peace & Conflict Studies
  • POLI.2110 Media and Politics Around the World
  • POLI 2150 African Politics
  • POLI.3040 Politics of Development
  • POLI 3210 Soccer and Politics
  • POLI.3340 Islam & Politics
  • POLI.3510 Irish Politics
  • POLI.3580 Global Environmental Policy
  • POLI.3590 British Politics
  • POLI.3600 European Politics
  • POLI.3630 Politics of China
  • POLI.3660 Russian Politics
  • POLI.3680 Middle Eastern Politics
  • POLI.3700 Latin American Politics
  • POLI.3710 Caribbean Politics
  • POLI.3720 Crime, Security, and Democracy in Latin America
  • POLI.3750 Politics of the Pacific Rim
  • POLI.3780 International Political Economy
  • POLI.3800 American Foreign Policy
  • POLI.3840 International Politics of Human Rights
  • POLI.3870 Politics of International Organizations
  • POLI.3950 International Law & Politics
  • POLI.3980 The War on Drugs
  • POLI.4020 Women in Islam
  • POLI.4060 The Politics of Identity in the Middle East
  • POLI.4450 Politics of Repression and Dissent
  • POLI.4470 Theories of Political and Criminal Violence
  • POLI.4900 War and Peace in the Sovereign State System

Law & Politics

International Focus

  • POLI.2310 Introduction to Political Thought
  • POLI.3950 International Law & Politics

American Focus

  • POLI.2300 Law & the Legal System
  • POLI.3110 Foundations of Law
  • POLI.3120 Campaign and Election Law
  • POLI.3200 Gender Law & Politics
  • POLI.3350 Constitutional Law and Politics
  • POLI.3370 Civil Liberties Law & Politics
  • POLI.3390 Judicial Review Seminar

Political Communication & Public Opinion

International Focus

  • POLI.2110 Media and Politics Around the World
  • POLI.4220 Political Communication and Media Studies
  • POLI.4450 Politics of Repression and Dissent

American Focus

  • POLI.2120 American Media and Politics
  • POLI.3090 Political Psychology
  • POLI.3130 Electoral Politics
  • POLI.3140 Parties and Interest Groups
  • POLI 3160 Politics and Film
  • POLI 3170 Politics and Music
  • POLI.3190 Survey Research
  • POLI.3380 Political Participation
  • POLI.4220 Political Communication and Media Studies

Last updated: 11/07/2017