Political Science Major

Previous Degree Requirements

Previous Degree Requirements(Matriculation Prior to Fall 2004)

Catalog Option: Students matriculating prior to Fall 2004 who wish to graduate under the requirements that took effect in Fall 2004 must file a catalog change form with the registrar.  Please note that a catalog change applies to all university degree requirements not just the requirements for the political science major.  If a catalog change form is not submitted, students are expected to meet the degree requirements in effect at matriculation.  Prior to Fall 2004, the degree requirements for the major and minor in political science were the following:

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 36.

Each major must complete POS 101J, 102J, and 203 [previously 103].  These courses, which may be taken in any order, are prerequisites for all upper-level courses.  No major will be permitted to take an upper-level course without first having completed these three prerequisites.  A grade of C- or better is required to receive major credit in the Department.  Each major must select the balance of required courses from the following, taking at least one course from each of the following five areas of the Department:

American Political System:  POS 120; POS 202; POS 233; POS 234; POS 256; POS 258; POS 261; POS 262; POS 310; POS 463; POS 464; POS 465

Comparative Political Systems:  POS 105 [now 205], POS 201 [previously in American Political System subfield - changed Fall 2003]; POS 335; POS 336; POS 337; POS 338; POS 342; POS 345; POS 347; POS 350 [now 205]; POS 405

International Politics:  POS 104J; POS 339; POS 340; POS 349; POS 375; POS 385; POS 389

Political Theory POS 190 [now 290]; POS 390; POS 391; POS 392

Public Administration and Public Policy POS 210; POS 361; POS 362; POS 365; POS 374 [previously in International Politics subfield - changed Fall 2003]; POS 453

[Note:  Experimental, topics, and courses introduced after 2004 do not have subfield designations in any catalog.  If an experimental "99" course became part of the permanent catalog, it has the subfield designation of the permanent course.  Subfield designations for experimental, topics, and post-2004 courses taught in the USM Political Science Department are listed below:

American:  POS 315 Media Law, POS 380 American Justice in Wartime, POS 380 American Indian Law,  POS 399 Terrorism & the American Public, POS 499 20th Century New England Politics

Comparative:  POS 199 Current Russian Politics, POS 199 African Politics and Society, POS 333 Theories of Democratization, POS 380 Anglo-France Worlds, POS 380 Politics of Germany, POS 380 Politics of Latin America, POS 399 French Politics and Government, POS 399 Democracy & Political Party Systems, POS 399 International Law, POS 399 Topics in Contemporary British Politics, POS 399 Democratization Post Cold War, POS 499 Global Democratization

Political Theory:  POS 299 Contemporary Political Ideologies, POS 299 Modern Islamic Fundamentalist Thought, POS 299 Women, Politics, and Culture, POS 399 Religion and Politics, POS 499 Politics of Nostalgia

International Relations:  POS 299 Africa in International Politics, POS 299 Foreign Policy at the Movies, POS 299 Issues in United Nations, POS 380 Transatlantic Relations

Public Administration & Policy:  POS 380 Topics in Environmental Sustainability]

Minor in Political Science

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the minor is 18.  Students who wish to complete a political science minor should take the following courses: POS 101J and POS 102J; three additional courses, to be selected so that three of the five fields within the discipline are represented (see above for the listing of courses within each field); and one additional course in political science.  A grade of C- or better in POS required courses is necessary to receive credit toward the minor.


Catalog Effective for Graduation Requirements

Freshmen and new transfer students (including transfers from other campuses of the University of Maine System) must satisfy the graduation requirements set out in the catalog in effect for the first semester of their attendance as a matriculated student.  Students whose matriculation at the University has expired forfeit the right to pursue a degree according to the provisions of the original catalog and are bound instead by the catalog in effect for the first semester of attendance as a readmitted student.  

At the student's choice, a later catalog may be selected for graduation requirements; but a student may not select an earlier catalog.  In some cases, academic units have specific time limits for completion of graduation requirements.  If so, that time limit will be noted in the appropriate school/college/division section of this catalog.  Students must meet the requirements of a catalog issued within ten years of graduation.  

The University is not bound by its previous catalog and maintains the right to control its course offerings.  Where program/degree requirement changes have occurred that have resulted in changes to course offerings and/or availability, reasonable substitutions will be made to facilitate degree/program completion.


Source:  Quoted directly from University of Southern Maine Undergraduate Catalog 2003-2004 except where brackets [ ] are used to provide supplementary detail.