Major and Minor Requirements

Declaring POL as a major or minor is easy. All you need to do is complete a form at the Center for Freshman Advising (Ashe 112), or in the Office of Student Academic Services (Ashe 200). You do not need a signature from anybody in the POL department to complete this process.

Basic Requirements For Majors Entering In Fall 2009 Or After

  1. 30 credits are required for the POL major
  2. At least 21 of these credits must be taken in residence.
  3. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above.

All majors must take the department’s three introductory courses POL 201 (or POL199), POL202, and POL203 (9 credits). The remaining courses must include classes taken at the 300 level or above from at least three of five sub-fields of political science: Political Theory and Methods, American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy, Administration and Law. All majors must also complete two 500-level seminars (6 credits). Note that 500-level seminars may fulfill the sub-field requirements.

Note: POL 213 does not count toward the major or minor. “Credit only” classes cannot be counted toward the major.

All majors must complete a quiz for graduating seniors (to be used for assessment purposes) during their last semester of coursework.

To satisfy the Advanced Writing & Communication proficiency requirement (http://www.as.miami.edu/academics/undergraduate-studies/advancedwriting-courses), students majoring in political science must complete at least one of the four required writing-intensive courses in the Department of Political Science.

Major Requirements For Students Entering In Fall 2008

  1. 30 credits are required for the POL major
  2. At least 21 of these credits must be taken in residence.
  3. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above

All majors must take two of the department’s introductory courses POL 201 (formerly POL211) and either POL212, POL202 or POL203 (6 credits). The remaining courses must include classes taken at the 300 level or above from at least three of five sub-fields of political science: Political Theory and Methods, American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy, Administration and Law. All majors must also complete two 500-level seminars (6 credits). Note that 500-level seminars may fulfill the sub-field requirements.

Note: POL 213 does not count toward the major or minor. Credit only” classes cannot be counted toward the major.

Major Requirements For Stdents Entering Before Fall 2008

  1. 30 credits are required by the College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. 30 credits are required for double majors in the schools of Communication and Education.
  3. 27 credits are required by the School of Business.

At least 21 of these credits must be taken in residence.
All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above

All majors must take two of the department’s introductory courses POL 201 (formerly POL211) and either POL212, POL202 or POL203 (6 credits). The remaining courses must include classes at the 300-level or above from at least three of four sub-fields of political science: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy, Administration and Law. All majors must also complete two 500-level seminars (6 credits). Note that 500-level seminars may fulfill the sub-field requirements.

Note: POL 213 does not count toward the major or minor. Credit only” classes cannot be counted toward the major.

Political Science Minor (BA) Requirements

15 credits are required, at least 9 of which must be taken in residence. At least one course must be taken from among the department’s introductory sequence (POL199, POL201, POL202, POL203 or the previously-offered POL211 or POL212). All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above.

Note: POL 213 does not count toward the major or minor. Credit only” classes cannot be counted toward the minor. 

Detailed Requirements For Current Majors and CoursesBy Subfield

  1. POL 201 or POL 199 Introduction to American National Government (formerly POL211)
  2. POL 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics (formerly part of POL212)
  3. POL 203 Introduction to International Relations (formerly part of POL212) 

Students who entered the university prior to Fall 2009 are required to take POL211 (POL201) and ONE of the following: POL212, POL202, or POL203.

Notes: POL 213 does not count toward the major or the minor. In order for all other POL courses to count toward the major they must be passed with a grade of C- or above and with an overall GPA of 2.0. A special curriculum for students specializing in public administration enables them to complete the requirements for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration in five years. For more information, see the Graduate section of this website.

The Remaining Credits Must Meet The Following Distributional Requirements:

Six of the credits must come from two 500-level seminar courses offered by the University of Miami. This includes any 500-level seminar offered by the Department of Political Science or cross-listed with Political Science. The following 500 level courses are not seminars and do not fulfill this requirement:

  1. POL 520 Internship
  2. POL 521 Public Affairs Internship
  3. POL 563 Senior Honors Thesis (I)
  4. POL 564 Senior Honors Thesis (II)
  5. POL 590 Directed Readings

At least one course above the 200-level must be taken in three of the following five principal sub-fields of political science:

  1. American Politics
  2. Comparative Politics
  3. International Relations
  4. Public Administration, Policy, and Law
  5. Political Theory and Methods

These can include courses used to fulfill requirement 1 above.

For the purposes of fulfilling these distribution requirements, sub-fields are defined as follows; note that some courses cover more than one sub-field but students may not use a single class to fill two sub-field requirements.

AMERICAN POLITICS:

  • POL 309 American Political Thought 
  • POL 311 Conspiracy Theories
  • POL 313 The Constitution
  • POL 314 Legislative Process 
  • POL 315 American Presidency 
  • POL 332 Mass Media and Politics 
  • POL 334 Campaigns 
  • POL 335 Local Government 
  • POL 342 State and Local Government and Politics 
  • POL 343 Government in Metropolitan Areas 
  • POL 349 U. S. Defense Policy 
  • POL 351 Public Opinion 
  • POL 352 Political Parties 
  • POL 353 Interest Groups and Lobbying 
  • POL 354 The CIA and the World of Intelligence
  • POL 360 Congressional Representation
  • POL 390 Special Topics in American Politics
  • POL 399 Transfer Credits in American Politics
  • POL 400 The 2012 Election
  • POL 401 The Election 
  • POL 491 Immigration Reform 
  • POL 515 Media Content Analysis 
  • POL 528 Advanced Seminar on Electoral Behavior
  • POL 529 Conducting US Elections 
  • POL 530 Intelligence and National Security Decision Making 
  • POL 536 U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies 
  • POL 540 Problems in American Foreign Policy 
  • POL 542 American Constitutional Development
  • POL 543 Urban Politics 
  • POL 547 Congressional Representation
  • POL 548 Civic Participation and Democracy 
  • POL 550 Advanced Seminar on American Politics 
  • POL 552 Politics and Group Perspectives 
  • POL 553 The Environmental Movement: Groups, Beliefs and Values
  • POL 569 Lgbti Politics
  • POL 599 Special Topics in American Politics

(Note: The POL399 and POL599 Special Topics courses offered prior to 2013 may have covered subfields other than American Politics. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for clarification about a particular course.)

COMPARATIVE POLITICS:

  • POL 308 Security, Globalization, and Human Rights
  • POL 323 Global Warming Politics and the European Union
  • POL 344 Gender and Politics
  • POL 370 Global Energy Politics
  • POL 380 Comparative Political Analysis 
  • POL 381 European Governments and Politics 
  • POL 382 Government and Politics of the Federal Republic of Germany 
  • POL 384 Soviet and Russian Politics 
  • POL 385 Politics and Society in Latin America 
  • POL 386 Democratic Consolidation 
  • POL 387 Politics of the Middle East 
  • POL 388 Politics of Israel 
  • POL 389 Special Topics in Comparative Politics
  • POL 398 Transfer Credits in Comparative Politics
  • POL 507 Politics, Sociology, & Economy in Contemporary Brazil
  • POL 525 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
  • POL 527 Comparative Political Institutions 
  • POL 531 Global Environmental Politics 
  • POL 534 War Crimes Tribunals
  • POL 535 Comparative Legal Systems
  • POL 569 Lgbti Politics
  • POL 571 Sex, Babies, and the State
  • POL 579 The Politics of Post-Communist Transitions 
  • POL 580 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Secession 
  • POL 581 Comparative Political Economy of Post-Industrial Democracies 
  • POL 582 Political Economy Development 
  • POL 584 Contemporary Latin American Politics 
  • POL 588 Politics in China 
  • POL 598 Special Topics in Comparative Politics

(Note POL398 Transfer Credits approved prior to 2013 may have been in fields other than Comparative Politics; see the Director of Undergraduate Studies for clarification about a particular course.)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:

  • POL 308 Security, Globalization, and Human Rights 
  • POL 323 Global Warming Politics and the European Union
  • POL 337 International Law 
  • POL 341 Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Political Conflict
  • POL 345 The United States and Asia 
  • POL 346 U. S.-Latin American Relations 
  • POL 347 American Foreign Policy 
  • POL 348 United States Relations with the Middle East 
  • POL 349 U. S. Defense Policy 
  • POL 354 The CIA
  • POL 367 The Historical Roots of American Imperialism
  • POL 370 Global Energy Politics
  • POL 391 Topics in International Relations 
  • POL 391 Immigration Reform
  • POL 392 International Terrorism 
  • POL 397 Transfer Credits in International Relations
  • POL 491 Immigration Reform
  • POL 530 Intelligence and National Security Decision Making 
  • POL 531 Global Environmental Politics 
  • POL 540 Problems in American Foreign Policy 
  • POL 544 Chinese Foreign Policy 
  • POL 570 Uniting States in International Perspective
  • POL 575 The Politics of Civil- Military Relations
  • POL 576 On Violence: The Politics of Extremes 
  • POL 577 Security in South Asia
  • POL 578 ENERGY & SECURITY IN EURASIA
  • POL 579 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Secession 
  • POL 585 Post-Communist Russian Foreign Policy
  • POL 586 Conflict in the Middle East and Africa 
  • POL 591 Problems in International Politics and Organization 
  • POL 592 International Political Economy 
  • POL 593 International Relations of the Middle East
  • POL 594 European Security 
  • POL 597 Special Topics in International Relations

(Note POL397 Transfer Credits approved prior to 2013 may have been in fields other than International Relations; see the Director of Undergraduate Studies for clarification about a particular course.)

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, POLICY, AND LAW:

  • POL 300 Growth Management
  • POL 320: Politics of Growth Management 
  • POL 321 Public Policy and Administration 
  • POL 322 Environmental Politics and Policy 
  • POL 336 Politics of Crime 
  • POL 337 International Law 
  • POL 372 Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • POL 373 Constitutional Law I 
  • POL 374 Constitutional Law II 
  • POL 375 Supreme Court Issues 
  • POL 376 Discrimination and the Law 
  • POL 377 Constitutional Law III
  • POL 393 Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 
  • POL 396 Transfer Credits in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
  • POL 491 Immigration Reformy
  • POL 501 Budget and Financial Management and Administration 
  • POL 522 Introduction to Graduate Public Administration 
  • POL 523 Problems in Public and Non-Profit Management 
  • POL 524 Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management 
  • POL 525 Comparative Public Policy and Administration 
  • POL 526 Administrative Law 
  • POL 533 Courts and Controversy 
  • POL 534 War Crimes Tribunals 
  • POL 535 Comparative Legal Systems 
  • POL 536 U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies 
  • POL 537 The Law and Politics of Sports 
  • POL 541 Philosophy of Law 
  • POL 542 American Constitutional Development 
  • POL 545 Environmental Policymaking 
  • POL 546 Public Policy 
  • POL 551 Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 
  • POL 554 Social Welfare Policy 
  • POL 555 Total Quality Public Service Management: Achieving High Performance Government 
  • POL 556 Political Ethics 
  • POL 557 Ethical Issues in Government 
  • POL 558 From Electronic Government to Digital Governance
  • POL 596 Special Topics in Public Policy, Administration, and Law

POLITICAL THEORY AND METHODS:

  • POL 250 Scope and Methods in Political Science 
  • POL 301 The Science and Practice of Political Research
  • POL 302 Political Fiction and Film
  • POL 305 Introduction to Political Theory 
  • POL 306 Positive Political Theory 
  • POL 307 Political Ideologies
  • POL 309 American Political Thought 
  • POL 310 God, Science, and Politics 
  • POL 311 Conspiracy Theories 
  • POL 380 Comparative Political Analysis
  • POL 394 Special Topics in Political Theory and Methods 
  • POL 395 Transfer Credits in Political Theory and Methods
  • POL 506 From Plato Through Rawls
  • POL 510 Political Analysis 
  • POL 512 Advanced Political Analysis 
  • POL 513 Models of Politics
  • POL 514 Art & Politics 
  • POL 515 Media Content Analysis 
  • POL 516 Experiments
  • POL 517: Introductory Statistical Methods in Political Science
  • POL 518: Advanced Statistical Methods in Political Science
  • POL 519: Introduction to Game Theory for Political Science
  • POL 541 Philosophy of Law 
  • POL 595 Special Topics in Political Theory and Methods