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Undergraduate Studies


Beginning in the spring semester of 2016Scope and Methods will be a pre-req for all 4000-level and above classes.  This will hopefully discourage students from putting the class off until their senior year, which has become a problem of late. So this fall is the last chance to take the class before the pre-req goes into effect!

 

Please note that the department has created a section of Scope and Methods tailored toward upperclassmen, to be taught this fall by Prof. Brox, and a couple of other sessions that are meant for underclassmen only.  Take the class this fall if you haven’t already, or you risk being shut out of upper-division classes in the spring.

 


Political Science Major Requirements


· Political Science Major Requirement Checklist

· PSIR Concentration Requirements Checklist


TO DECLARE A POLS OR PSIR MAJOR:  Pick up a major-declaration form from your academic advisor and bring it to the office of our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Fettweis (308 Norman Mayer), during his office hours: Wednesday 10-12 and 1-3.  You will be assigned a major advisor at that point.



Political Science Major Requirement


Required Course

POLS 2010 (Scope and Methods of Political Science)


Three Courses from the following:

POLA 2100 (or AP American Government)

POLC 2300 (or AP Comparative Politics)

POLI 2500

POLT 2700


One Course from the following:

Statistics Component:  MATH 1110 or equivalent course (double majors in SOCI or PSYC may have other options for satisfying the statistics requirement and should consult their major advisors) OR Foreign Language – students must complete one additional three-credit course beyond the SLA foreign-language requirements.


Electives:

SIX courses, not more than FOUR of which from any single subfield (POLA, POLC, POLI, or POLT).


Level of Course Work

·         At least two courses need to be at the 4000-level or above. This does not include internships, independent studies, or honors thesis credits.

·         Either one course at the 6000 level OR one four-credit writing intensive course in political science.  This course cannot be “double-counted” and used to fulfill the requirement above; in other words, it does not count toward the “two classes at the 4000-level or above” requirement.

·         Students may not exceed six credits of internship toward their total hours of graduation and can count only one internship course (POLS 4560) toward major requirements.



Concentration in International Relations (PSIR Major)


Required Course:

POLS 2010 (Scope and Methods of Political Science)


Three Courses from the following:

POLA 2100 (or AP American Government)

POLC 2300 (or AP Comparative Politics)

POLI 2500

POLT 2700


Economics Component:

PSIR majors must successfully complete TWO of the following courses:

ECON 1010 (Microeconomics)

ECON 1020 (Macroeconomics)

ECON 1050 (Macroeconomics for Public Policy)

MATH 1110 (Probability and Statistics I)

POLI 3540 (International Political Economy)

ECON 3370 (The World Economy)

POLC 6110 (Comparative Political Economy)


Foreign Language Component:

Students must complete one additional three-credit course beyond the SLA foreign-language requirements.


Electives:

SIX courses, at least THREE of which must be in either International Relations POLI and/or Comparative Politics (POLC).  Not more than FOUR of the electives may be in any single subfield (POLA, POLC, POLI, or POLT).


Level of Course Work:  

·         At least two courses need to be at the 4000-level or above.  This does not include internships, independent studies, or honors thesis credits.  

·         Either one course at the 6000 level OR one four-credit writing intensive course in political science.  Honors thesis do not count as political science writing courses.  This course cannot be “double-counted” and used to fulfill the requirement above; in other words, it does not count toward the “two classes at the 4000-level or above” requirement.

·         Students may not exceed six credits of internship toward their total hours of graduation and can count only one internship course (POLS 4560) toward major requirements.



General Minor Requirements


A minor in political science consists of six courses in political science, in at least two different subfields, with at least three courses above the 200 level.



Guidelines for POLS/PSIR Majors Planning to Study Abroad


1. No more than THREE classes for one-semester studied abroad or FIVE for a whole year will count toward fulfillment of the POLS/PSIR major.


2. We do not transfer classes at the 4000-level or above unless we have a direct equivalent in our catalog.  The courses students take will typically transfer in at the 3000-level or below.


3. Students need to consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies upon their return in order to have the classes taken abroad assigned numbers that will be recognized by the department (the number "5380," which is automatically assigned by the registrar, is NOT the official course number).



Honors Thesis Form and Deadline


If you are planning to write an honors thesis this year, you are required to submit the form (linked below), with the requisite signatures, to the departmental office (316 Norman Mayer) by the 2nd Wednesday of the fall semester.  We recognize that it is in advance of the deadline in the Honors Department for their form and prospectus.

Independent Study Registration Form



Notes


1. Political Science majors who are double majors in Sociology or Psychology may satisfy this requirement through the successful completion of SOCI 3030 (Intro to Research Design), PSYC 3090 (Psychological Applications of Univariate Statistics I).  Equivalent courses from other departments or schools may also satisfy this requirement for any student majoring in Political Science, as determined by the Department Chair or Undergraduate Studies Director.


2.  A course in the political economy department (such as PECN 3040) that is approved by the political science department’s director of undergraduate studies may also be considered.


3.  POLI 3540 (International Political Economy) and POLC 6110 (Comparative Political Economy) can count for either the Economics Component (#3) or an Elective but not both.


4.The Political Science department enforces all pre-requisites. Students must have successfully completed a pre-requisite the semester before registering for any class. The department reserves the right to drop students who are missing the pre-requisite from the course without notice.



FAQ


Q: What is the process for declaring majors/minors?

A:  Students must pick up a Major Declaration Form from their academic advisor and bring it to Professor Fettweis during office hours for his signature.  They cannot just drop off declaration forms.


Q: Who are the Faculty/Major advisors?

A: When students declare their majors, Professor Fettweis will assign them a major advisor.


Q: What is the process for transfer credit?

A: Students must bring hard copies of their Transfer Credit Approval form (signed by their academic advisor), syllabus and course description to Professor Fettweis during office hours.


Q: Where do students often study abroad?

A:  Students study all over the world.


Q: What classes can students take within this major to fill the public service requirement?

A:  We offer classes every semester that fulfill the public service requirement.


Q: Does TU have a graduate program in this area?

A: The department just re-started its PhD program, but does not yet offer a Master’s Degree or a 4+1 program.


Q: Are there any clubs affiliated with this program?

A: Pi Sigma Alpha, Women in Politics (WiP), The Tulane College Democrats, The College Republicans, Tulane Organization for Global Affairs (TOGA), Young Americans for Liberty at Tulane (YAL), Common Sense Action, and The Tulane Political Science Association.


Q: What internships/work study/summer programs do you know about?

A: Students may do internships through the Center for Public Service.  A list of current internships and research opportunities are on the departmental webpage.


Tulane University, Political Science Dept, 316 Norman Mayer Bldg, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5166 polisci@tulane.edu