POL 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.

Requirements For Majors

  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 20, 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.

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, students majoring in political science must complete at least one of the four required writing-intensive courses in the Department of Political Science.

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 (POL201, POL202, POL203). All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above.

Detailed Requirements For Current Majors and Courses By Subfield

  1. POL 201 Introduction to American National Government
  2. POL 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  3. POL 203 Introduction to International Relations

The Remaining Credits Must Meet The Following Distributional Requirements:

500-Level Seminar Requirement:

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

Subfield Requirement:

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 used to fulfill the 500-level seminar requirement.

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 Democracy in Action: Local Government Simulation
  • POL 342 State 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 362 Social Movements
  • POL 390 Special Topics in American Politics
  • POL 399 Transfer Credits in American Politics
  • POL 401 The Election 
  • POL 491 Immigration Reform 
  • POL 502 Politics of Civil Rights
  • 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 547 Congressional Representation
  • POL 548 Civic Participation and Democracy 
  • POL 550 Advanced Seminar on American Politics 
  • POL 553 The Environmental Movement: Groups, Beliefs and Values
  • POL 566 Activism
  • POL 569 LGBTIPolitics
  • POL 599 Special Topics in American Politics

COMPARATIVE POLITICS:

  • POL 323 Global Warming Politics and the European Union
  • POL 344 Gender and Politics
  • POL 362 Social Movements
  • POL 370 Global Energy Politics
  • POL 381 West European 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 525 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
  • POL 527 Comparative Political Institutions 
  • POL 531 Global Environmental Politics 
  • POL 534 Applied Policy Analysis
  • POL 566 Activism
  • 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

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:

  • POL 323 Global Warming Politics and the European Union
  • POL 337 International Law 
  • POL 340 Civil Wars
  • 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 359 International Organizations
  • POL 361 Ending Wars and Building Peace
  • POL 367 The Historical Roots of American Imperialism
  • POL 370 Global Energy Politics
  • POL 391 Topics in International Relations
  • POL 392 International Terrorism 
  • POL 397 Transfer Credits in International Relations
  • POL 491 Immigration Reform
  • POL 511 Security in the Arabian Peninsula
  • POL 530 Intelligence and National Security Decision Making 
  • POL 531 Global Environmental Politics 
  • POL 544 Chinese Foreign Policy 
  • POL 559 International Organizations
  • POL 561 Ending Wars and Building Peace
  • POL 565 The World Before European Domination
  • 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 International Security
  • 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 320: Politics of Growth Management 
  • POL 321 Introduction to Public Policy
  • POL 322 Environmental Politics and Policy 
  • POL 337 International Law 
  • POL 372 Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • POL 373 Constitutional Law I 
  • POL 374 Constitutional Law II 
  • POL 393 Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 
  • POL 396 Transfer Credits in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
  • POL 491 Immigration Reform
  • 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 Applied Policy Analysis
  • POL 536 U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies 
  • POL 537 Microeconomics for Public Policy
  • POL 541 Philosophy of Law 
  • POL 545 Environmental Policymaking 
  • POL 546 Public Policy Process and Implementation
  • POL 551 Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 
  • 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 572 – Government and Business
  • 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 and the Public
  • POL 312 Politics, Society and Art
  • POL 394 Special Topics in Political Theory and Methods 
  • POL 395 Transfer Credits in Political Theory and Methods
  • POL 504 Biology and Politics
  • POL 506 From Plato Through Rawls
  • POL 510 Statistics for POL
  • POL 512 Advanced Political Analysis 
  • POL 513 Models of Politics
  • POL 514 Art & Politics 
  • POL 515 Media Content Analysis 
  • POL 516 Experiments in Political Science
  • 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