Program Overview

The major in political science requires 30 credit hours in POL courses. 21 of those credits must be completed in residence.

Curriculum Requirements

Departmental Core Courses 1
POL 201Introduction to American National Government3
POL 202Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POL 203Introduction to International Relations3
Select a minimum of six credit hours of 500-level seminar courses offered by the University of Miami 26
Select a minimum of one course above the 200-level in three of the following five principal sub-fields of political science 39
American Politics:
American Political Thought
Conspiracy Theories and the Public
The Constitution
Legislative Processes
American Presidency
Mass Media and Politics
Campaigns
Democracy in Action: Local Government Simulation
State Government and Politics
Government in Metropolitan Areas
Gender and Politics
U.S. Defense Policy
Public Opinion
Political Parties
Interest Groups and Lobbying
The CIA and the World of Intelligence
Special Topics in American Politics
Transfer Credit In American Politics
The Election
Latino Politics
Immigration Reform and the 2014 Election
Politics of Civil Rights
Biology and Politics
Media Content Analysis
Advanced Seminar on Electoral Behavior
Conducting U.S. Elections
Intelligence and National Security Decision Making
U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies
Congressional Representation
Civic Participation and Democracy
Advanced Seminar on American Politics
The Environmental Movement: Groups, Beliefs and Values
LGBTI Politics
Special Topics in American Politics (American Politics)
Comparative Politics
Refugees and Migrants
Politics of Globalism
Global Warming, Politics and the European Union
Gender and Politics
Social Movements
Global Energy Politics
African Politics
South East Asian Politics
West European Politics (Previous Title: European Politics and Government)
Government and Politics of the Federal Republic of Germany
Postcommunist Russian Politics
Politics and Society in Latin America
Democratic Consolidation
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Israel
Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Transfer Credit in Comparative Politics
Comparative Public Policy and Administration
Comparative Political Institutions
Global Environmental Politics
Art and Politics in Paris
Activism
LGBTI Politics
Sex, Babies, and the State
The Politics of Civil- Military Relations
The politics of post-communist transactions
Ethnicity, Nationalism and Secession
Comparative Political Economy of Post-Industrial Democracies
Political Economy of Development
Contemporary Latin American Politics
Politics in China
Special Topics in Comparative Politics (Comparative Politics)
International Relations
Politics of Globalism
Global Warming, Politics and the European Union
International Law and Organizations
Civil Wars
Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Political Conflict
The United States and Asia
U.S.-Latin American Relations
American Foreign Policy
United States Relations with the Middle East
U.S. Defense Policy
The CIA and the World of Intelligence
International Organizations
Ending Wars and Building Peace
The Historical Roots of American Imperialism
Global Energy Politics
Special Topics in International Relations
International Terrorism
Transfer Credits in International Relations
Latino Politics
Immigration Reform and the 2014 Election
Security in the Arabian Peninsula
Intelligence and National Security Decision Making
Global Environmental Politics
Chinese Foreign Policy
International Organizations
Ending Wars and Building Peace
The World Before European Domination
Uniting States in International Perspective
The Politics of Civil- Military Relations
On Violence: The Politics of Extremes
Security in South Asia: The Conflicts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
Energy and Security in Eurasia
The politics of post-communist transactions
Post-Communist Russian Foreign Policy
Conflict in the Middle East and Africa
Illicit Trade in the Global Economy
International Security
International Political Economy
International Relations of the Middle East
European Security
Special Topics in International Relations
Public Administration, Policy, and Law
Scope and Methods of Political Science
Politics of the Administrative Process
Politics of Growth Management
Introduction to Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
International Law and Organizations
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
Transfer Credit in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
Latino Politics
Budget and Financial Management and Administration
Organizational Dynamics and Management
Equity and Diversity in Public Administration
Issues in Judicial Pol.
Introduction to Graduate Public Administration
Problems in Public and Non-Profit Management
Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management
Comparative Public Policy and Administration
Administrative Law
Courts and Controversy
Applied Policy Analysis
U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies
Human Resource Management in Public Service
Philosophy of Law
Environmental Policy Making
Public Policy Process and Implementation
Energy Policy: Technology, Politics, and Society
Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Total Quality Public Service Management: Achieving High Performance Government
Politics and Ethics
Ethical and Manangerial Issues in Government, Business and Non-Profit Organization.
From Electronic Government to Digital Governance
Government and Business
Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
Political Theory and Methods
The Science and Practice of Political Research
Political Fiction and Film
Introduction to Political Theory
Positive Political Theory
Political Ideologies
American Political Thought
God, Science, and Politics
Conspiracy Theories and the Public
Politics, Society and Art
Special Topics in Political Theory and Methods
Transfer Credit in Political Theory and Methods
From Plato Through Rawls
Statistics for Politics and Public Administration
Advanced Political Analysis
Models of Politics
Art and Politics
Media Content Analysis
Experiments in Political Science
Introductory Statistical Methods in Political Science
Advanced Statistical Methods in Political Science
Introduction to Game Theory for Political Science
Philosophy of Law
Special Topics in Political Theory and Methods
POL Electives (300-level or higher)6
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II (or higher level MTH course)3
Language Requirement3-9
STEM Cognate 49
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
Minor Requirement15
Electives39
Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
POL 201 Introduction to American National Government 3
POL 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
POL 203 Introduction to International Relations 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
Elective 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
American Politics Course 3
Language Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Comparative Politics Course 3
Language Course 3
STEM Cognate 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
500 Level POL Seminar Course 1 3
International Relations Course 3
Language Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
500 Level POL Seminar Course 1 3
POL Elective (300 Level or Higher) 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
POL Elective (300 Level or Higher) 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

The Department of Political Science (POL) is a community of scholars and students seeking a deeper understanding of politics, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning, intellectual growth, and civic responsibility. POL is dedicated to helping students develop analytical abilities, communication skills, and the awareness of political processes in a complex global society. We provide students with rigorous training in the field of political science, and exposure to new knowledge through empirical social science research.

Goals

Political science majors gain an understanding of American political and legal life, the workings of other countries’ political and economic systems, the relations among countries in the international arena, and key concepts in both political philosophy and social science methodology.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop knowledge of key political science concepts.
  • Students will develop the ability to analyze evidence and draw reasoned conclusions.
  • Students will develop the ability to communicate clearly in written form.