Political Science Major

Core Curriculum

Political science courses meet a number of important learning outcomes.  A number of POS courses also meet the learning outcomes and fulfill the requirements of the core curriculum.

Political science courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements include:

1) Capstone -

  • Permanent Capstone Courses - POS 445 MeMUNC Conference Planners; POS 446 Global Educators; POS 47x Political Science Internship
  • Special Capstone-Designated Versions of Other Courses - POS 335 European Politics (Fall 2014, Fall 2017, Fall 2019 Versions Only); POS 380 Topics "Capstone in the Social Sciences" (Spring 2015); POS 399 Topics "1919: A Year in the Life" (Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2019), POS 399 Topics "Machiavelli" (Spring 2019), POS 405 The European Union (Spring 2020), POS 394 A Year in the Life (Spring 2021)

2) Quantitative Reasoning - POS 102 People and Politics (Fall 2018 Version and later)

3) Cluster Courses - POS 245 French Politics and Government (Things French Cluster); POS 280 Issues Before the United Nations (Law Cluster); POS 315 Media Law (Law Cluster); POS 333 Theories of Democratization (Theory, Culture and Society Cluster); POS 335 European Politics (War and Peace Cluster); POS 392 American Political Thought I (American Society and Culture Cluster; Theory, Culture, and Society Cluster); POS 393 American Political Thought II (American Society and Culture Cluster; Theory, Culture, and Society Cluster); POS 405 The European Union (War and Peace Cluster); POS 406 Research in the European Union (War and Peace Cluster); POS 463 Supreme Court and Constitutional Law (Law Cluster)

4) Diversity - POS 104 Introduction to International Relations; POS 280 Issues Before the United Nations

5) International - POS 104 Introduction to International Relations; POS 245 French Politics and Government; POS 280 Issues Before the United Nations; POS 445 MeMUNC Conference Planners

6) Socio-Cultural Analysis - POS 101 Introduction to American Government; POS 102 People and Politics; POS 104 Introduction to International Relations; POS 205 Introduction to Comparative Politics

7) Engaged Learning (Effective Fall 2019) - POS 445 MeMUNC Conference Planners; POS 475 Political Science Internship

Note: For more details, please see the USM Core Curriculum website.