Political Science (BA)

Political Science Prior to Fall 2013

Brief General Description: At least 34 credit hours in Political Science are required, to be distributed as follows: Twelve (12) hours of designated lower division PO courses, PO 390 (3 credit hours), PO 450 (1 credit hour), 12 credit hours of upper division courses with at least 1 three-credit hour upper division course in four of the five sub-field areas, and six hours of elective courses from any additional lower or upper division political science offerings.

Designated lower division PO courses (106 or 107; plus any three from 225,235,245, or 275) are intended to be pre-requisites or “gateway survey courses” for Majors to upper division PO courses within the same area. (Example: a Major must take 106 or 107 to be able to take 308), but a Major may take up to nine (9) total hours of upper division political science courses at Washburn (or have the transfer credit equivalent) without having met the pre-requisite or “gateway survey” required 100/200 level course.

 Breakdown of the Requirements

I. The twelve credit hours of lower division work may be satisfied by:

a) PO 106 or PO 107 (3 hrs)
b) Any three courses (9 credit hours) from among: PO 225, 235, 245, or 275

II. The twelve hours of upper division work (300 or 400 level) must include at least one of the designated courses in Four of the Five following areas (A to E).

A. American Politics

(Area prerequisite: PO 106, 107 or consent of instructor)

PO 304 Political Behavior
PO 305 Policy *


PO 308 Federalism and Public Policies*
PO 306 Urban/Metropolitan Government
PO 320 The Legislative Process
PO 321 The Presidency
PO 339 Federal Institutions


PO 340 Civil Liberties

B. Political Theory

(Prerequisite for this area: PO 275 or consent of instructor)

PO 333 Classical & Medieval Political Theory
PO 334 Modern & Contemporary Political Theory
PO 356 American Political Theory

C. Comparative Politics

(Prerequisite for this area: PO 235 or consent of instructor)

PO 360 China, Japan and Asian Politics
PO 361 European Politics
PO 362 Mexico & Latin American Politics
PO 365 Democratization and Int'l Political Economy

D. International Relations

(Prerequisite for this area: PO 225 or consent of instructor)

PO 352 Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
PO 351 International Organizations and Law
PO 353 American Foreign Policy
PO 354 Issues in International Politics & Security

E. Public Administration

(Prerequisite for this area: PO 245 or consent of instructor)

PO 305 Public Policy *


PO 308 Federalism and Public Policies *
PO 343 Administrative Law


PO 391 Public Personnel Administration
PO 393 Public Budgeting
PO 394 Public Management


PO 395 Non-Profit Management

* NOTE: Students can pick PO 305 or PO 308 to apply to ONE area. The same course may not be treated as satisfying two subfield requirements.

III. Students must enroll in PO 390 Research Methods (includes both quantitative and qualitative research methods) (3 cr. Hrs.), and seniors must take PO 450 Senior Political Science Capstone (1 hr). Seniors must also take the ACAT national political science assessment exam during their final semester.

IV. Six (6) additional hours of lower or upper division political science courses.

V. Optional Internship Credits PO 307 - Internships of up to 6 cr. hours that may be counted toward the major are an available option for interested students. The prerequisite is PO 107.