B.A. Requirements

Politics Degree Requirements

Policy on AP and Transfer

For the university's policy on AP credits, click here.

The policy on accepting courses from another post-secondary institution for credit at the University of Dallas:

  • The content of the course must be comparable to what is taught in the UD Politics Department (a syllabus would be a good indicator of course content at another institution);
  • The chairman of the Politics Department will decide, on a case-by-case basis, (a) whether the course will be counted as a Politics course; or (b) whether it will be counted as an advanced (3000-level) course.

Major Requirements

Students who major in Politics are required to take 36 credits (12 courses):

  • Principles of American Politics (POL 1311)
  • Political Regimes (POL 3312)
  • Plato's Republic (POL 3331)
  • Aristotle's Politics (POL 3332)
  • Enlightenment (POL 3334)
  • American Political Thought (POL 3356)
  • Senior Seminar (POL 4351)
  • One of the following courses in Global Politics:
    • American Foreign Policy (POL 3325)
    • Comparative Government (POL 3336)
    • Marxism and Russia (POL 3338)
    • International Politics (POL 3339)
    • Globalization (POL 3340)
  • One of the following courses in American Institutions and Policy:
    • Constitutional Law (POL 3323)
    • Public Policy (POL 3324)
    • The Presidency (POL 3326)
    • Civil Liberties (POL 3327)
    • Congress (POL 3328)
    • Politics and Parties (POL 3329)
    • Public Law and Administration (POL 3330)
    • Twentieth Century American Politics and Policy (3362)
  • Three additional advanced Politics electives (3000-level or above)

All Politics majors, including transfer students, are required to take POL 1311. Majors must also pass a Comprehensive Examination. In preparation for the Senior Seminar (POL 4351), majors should have completed eight Politics courses by the end of their junior year, if possible. Students considering a major in Politics should consult with the chair or a Politics professor as soon as possible concerning their program of studies.

For instructions regarding the Senior Thesis or Comprehensive Exam, please see Senior Resources.

Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Politics Major
Year I
       
English 1301 3                  Theology 1310 3
History 1311 3   English 1302 3
Language 1301 (or 2311) 3   History 1312 3
Philosophy 1301 3   Language 1302 (or 2312) 3
Politics 1311 3   Economics 1311 or Math 3
  15     15
         
Year II (During Sophomore Year)
       
English 2311-2312 6    
History 2301-2302 6    
Philosophy 2323 3    
Theology 2311 3    
Language (or Electives) 6    
Politics 3312 or 3331 or Politics Elective 3    
Fine Arts 3    
  30    
         
Year III
       
Politics 3312 or 3331 3   Politics 3332 3
Politics Elective 3   Politics 3334 3
Politics Elective 3   Politics Elective 3
Econ 1311 or Math 3   Science 4
Elective 3   Elective 3
  15     16
         
Year IV
       
Politics 4351 3   Science 3
Politics Elective 3   Politics Elective 6
Philosophy 3311 3   Electives 6
Electives 6      
  15     15

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