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The program in Government and International Affairs includes the study of Political Science. Its goal is to provide students the opportunity to study the nature of government, politics, and administration at the local, national, and international levels, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of the international system. Towards that end it offers students an undergraduate degree. The program in Government and International Affairs provides students with a range of courses of study and areas of concentration.


The undergraduate program leading to the B.A. degree in political science offers a general purpose degree, and a number of more specialized alternatives. The program is designed for students interested in and seeking to understand political problems, issues, and the nature of the political process, as well as the philosophical and legal basis of political structures and processes at local, state, national, and international levels. Satisfying the degree requirements prepares students for positions in the public and private sectors, for law school, for graduate work in political science, international relations, public administration, and related disciplines, for positions in education, and for applied political activity.

Requirements for the Major in Political Science

Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites)
Students should complete any two introductory courses with a POS, INR, or CPO prefix (ideally POS 1041 or POS 2041, and POS 1112 or POS 2112) at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these introductory courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. A grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Upper-level Course Requirements
A minimum of 36 credit hours is required to satisfy the requirements of the major. Students must take the 12 credit hours of required core courses in political science. No more than six credit hours can be taken from POS 4905, POS 4910, and POS 4941. Students enrolled in the Washington, D.C. semester program may have this rule altered by their advisor. (A GPA of 3.0 is required to enroll in these courses; the Chair may grant special exception for students with a GPA between 2.70 and 2.99).

In addition, all Political Science majors are required to take at least 3 credit hours of Economics (See your advisor for recommendations).

Students transferring credit hours toward a major in political science must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours within the program, regardless of the number of credits transferred.

The undergraduate curriculum in political science is composed of the following:

Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Note that either CPO 2002 or INR 2002 must be taken as a core course. However, the other course not taken as a core course may be taken as an elective.

Students should complete POT 3003 and POS 3713 by the end of their junior year; students transferring with 45 credit hours or more must complete these courses within their first two semesters in residence at USF. A grade of “C” or better is required in all core courses.

Students must choose electives from the seven fields (24 credit hours) with at least one course from Field I, one course from Field II or III, and one course from any of Fields IV, V, VI, or VII. Core courses must be completed before a course from a given field or field grouping can be taken.

Field I Political Theory
POT 3013 (3) POT 4064 (3) POT 5626 (3)
POT 4054 (3) POT 4204 (3)  

Field II Comparative Government and Politics
CPO 4034 (3) CPO 4930 (3) CPO 5934 (3)

Field III International Relations
INR 3102 (3) INR 3370 (3) INR 4403 (3)
INR 3038 (3) INR 4035 (3) INR 4502 (3)
INR 3336 (3) INR 4254 (3) INR 4334 (3)
INR 5086 (3)    

Field IV American National and State Governments
POS 2080 (3) POS 3273 (3) POS 4413 (3)
POS 2112 (3) POS 3453 (3) POS 4424 (3)
POS 3173 (3) POS 4204 (3) POS 5094 (3)
POS 3182 (3) PUP 4323 (3)  

Field V Urban Government and Politics
POS 3142 (3) POS 4165 (3) URP 4050 (3)
POS 3145 (3) POS 5155 (3) PUP 4534 (3)

Field VI Public Policy
INR 3102 (3) INR 4334 (3) POS 3145 (3)
PUP 4002 (3) PUP 4007 (3) PUP 4203 (3)
PUP 4323 (3) PUP 4534 (3) PUP 5607 (3)
URP 4050 (3)    

Field VII Law and Politics
INR 4403 (3) POS 3691 (3) POS 4624 (3)
POS 3283 (3) POS 4614 (3) POS 4693 (3)
POS 4694 (3)    

The following courses are not included within any of the seven fields, but may still be used as elective hours:
PAD 3003 (3) POS 4936 (3) PAD 4204 (3)
POS 4941 (3-15) POS 4905 (1-3) POS 4970 (3)
POS 4910 (1-3) POS 3931 (3) POT 4109 (3)
POT 4661 (3) POT 4936 (3)  

Requirements for the Minor in Political Science

A minor in political science requires the completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours, made up of two courses (6 credit hours) from among CPO 2002 (or INR 2002), POS 2041, and POT 3003. An additional 12 credit hours of courses included in the Political Science major are also required.

Students transferring credit hours toward a minor in political science must complete 12 credit hours within the program, regardless of the number of credit hours transferred.

Requirements for the Pre-Law Plan in Political Science

The Political Science Program offers a pre-law plan designed for the undergraduate students who are considering a career related to law (Courses on Law and Politics are listed under Field VII of the Political Science undergraduate curriculum). The courses making up the field are of particular interest to law-oriented students, but may be taken by others as well. Majors are required to complete courses that can help them develop necessary skills to study law. Students receive the skills and information needed for entry into a number of law-related positions in business and government. Please see the departmental pre-law advisor to obtain more information about the pre-law plan.

Prior to admission to law school, a student must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), as given by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey.

The Law School Admission Test is given simultaneously several times each year at the University of South Florida and numerous other testing centers throughout the state. Students should plan to take the test at least one year prior to planned enrollment in law school. Additional information is available from the Academic Advising Center (DAV 134).

Recommended Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites)
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students are encouraged to complete the following prerequisites, or major, support, or elective courses if available, during the program of study at the community college, and when feasible in General Education/Gordon Rule courses. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

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