A description of the Politics and Government Program 2010-2011

Politics and Government Major: Standard Program

A minimum of 36 credits is required including the following:
POLS 117  Introduction to Political Ideas 3 cr
POLS 180  Introduction to American Politics 3 cr
POLS 255  Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 cr
POLS 260  Introduction to World Politics 3 cr
POLS 309  Political Theory I–Ancient to Early Modern 3 cr
POLS 310  Political Theory II–Late Modern and Contemporary 3 cr
Five of the following electives:
POLS 282  Issues in State and Local Government 3 cr
POLS 250  Politics of the Environment 3 cr
POLS 300  Constitutional Law I 3 cr
POLS 301  Constitutional Law II  3 cr
POLS 331  Politics of the Presidency 3 cr
POLS 355  Politics of Development 3 cr
POLS 360  American Foreign Policy 3 cr
POLS 376  American Political Thought I 3 cr
POLS 476  American Political Thought II 3 cr
A statistics course may be used to meet the POLS elective requirement.
One of the following capstone courses:
POLS 485  Studies in Political Theory:  3 cr
POLS 486  Studies in American Politics:  3 cr
POLS 487  Studies in International Relations:  3 cr
POLS 488  Studies in Comparative Politics:  3 cr

Politics and Government Major: Comprehensive Programs

Pre-Law Emphasis

A minimum of 57 credits is required including the following:
POLS 117  Introduction to Political Ideas 3 cr
POLS 180  Introduction to American Politics 3 cr
POLS 255  Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 cr
POLS 260  Introduction to World Politics 3 cr
POLS 300  Constitutional Law I  3 cr
POLS 301  Constitutional Law II 3 cr
POLS 309  Political Theory I–Ancient to Early Modern 3 cr
POLS 310  Political Theory II–Late Modern and Contemporary 3 cr
Four of the following:
POLS 250  Politics of the Environment 3 cr
POLS 282  Issues in State and Local Government 3 cr
POLS 331  Politics of the Presidency 3 cr
POLS 355  Politics of Development 3 cr
POLS 376  American Political Thought I–From Puritans to Slaveholders 3 cr
POLS 476  American Political Thought II–American Capitalism and Democracy 3 cr
Six of the following courses in at least four disciplines:
ACC 201  Introduction to Financial Accounting 3 cr
ACC 350  Income Tax 3 cr
BUAD 210  Legal Environment of Business  3 cr
BUAD 315  Business Law  3 cr
COTH 271  Small Group Communication 3 cr
COTH 371  Argument and Conflict Management 3 cr
COTH 372  Issues Management 3 cr
ECON 201  Macroeconomics 3 cr
ECON 202  Microeconomics 3 cr    
ECON 476  American Economic Development  3 cr
ENG 237  Women and Literature 3 cr
ENG 238  Literary Culture of  the American West 3 cr
ENG 255  Ancient World Literature 3 cr
ENG 331  Literature and Ethnicity 3 cr
HIST 333  The Revolutionary Era and Early National Period 3 cr
HIST 336  Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1830-1877 3 cr
HIST 340  Reform and Reorganization in American Society  3 cr
HIST 343  Depression and World War II  3 cr
PHIL 101  Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr
PSY 368  Abnormal Psychology 3 cr    
SOC 259  Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 cr
SOC 349  Law Enforcement 3 cr
SOC 367  Corrections 3 cr
One of the following capstone courses:
POLS 485  Studies in Political Theory 3 cr
POLS 486  Studies in American Politics 3 cr
POLS 487  Studies in International Relations 3 cr
POLS 488  Studies in Comparative Politics 3 cr

Secondary Licensure Emphasis

This emphasis qualifies students for State of Colorado Licensure in Social Science Education. Students interested in pursuing this comprehensive program should consult with the Teacher Education Program advisor in addition to the advisor in their major as soon as possible. A minimum of 72 credits is required. In addition, students must fulfill the Secondary Licensure Option described under Education. The following courses are required:
ECON 201  Macroeconomics 3 cr
ECON 202  Microeconomics 3 cr
ECON 303  International Economics and Globalization 3 cr
ECON 476  American Economic Development 3 cr
GEOG 110  World Regional Geography 3 cr
GEOG 120  Human Geography  3 cr
GEOG 250  Geography of North America 3 cr
GEOL 101  Physical Geology 3 cr
HIST 101  World History to 1500 3 cr
HIST 102  World History Since 1500 3 cr
HIST 126  U.S. History to 1865 3 cr
HIST 127  U.S. History Since 1865 3 cr
HIST 327  Colorado History 3 cr
POLS 117  Introduction to Political Ideas 3 cr
POLS 180  Introduction to American Politics 3 cr
POLS 255  Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 cr
POLS 282  Issues in State and Local Government 3 cr
POLS 309  Political Theory I—Ancient to Early Modern 3 cr
POLS 310  Political Theory II—Late Modern and Contemporary 3 cr
POLS 376  American Political Thought I  3 cr
POLS 476  American Political Thought II 3 cr
One of the following:
POLS 260  Introduction to World Politics 3 cr
POLS 360  American Foreign Policy 3 cr
One of the following:
POLS 300  Constitutional Law I 3 cr
POLS 301  Constitutional Law II 3 cr
One of the following capstone courses:
POLS 485  Studies in Political Theory:  3 cr
POLS 486  Studies in American Politics:  3 cr
POLS 487  Studies in International Relations:  3 cr
POLS 488  Studies in Comparative Politics:  3 cr

Politics and Government Minor

A minimum of 18 credits is required including a three-credit, upper-division Politics and Government elective chosen in consultation with an advisor and the following:
POLS 117  Introduction to Political Ideas 3 cr
POLS 180  Introduction to American Politics 3 cr
POLS 255  Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 cr
POLS 260  Introduction to World Politics 3 cr
One of the following:
POLS 309  Political Theory I–Ancient to Early Modern 3 cr
POLS 310  Political Theory II–Late Modern and Contemporary 3 cr

Politics and Government Pre-Law Minor

A minimum of 21 credits is required including a three-credit elective chosen from the courses listed for the Politics and Government major: Pre-Law Emphasis chosen in consultation with an advisor and the following:
BUAD 210  Legal Environment of Business 3 cr
BUAD 315  Business Law 3 cr
POLS 117  Introduction to Political Ideas 3 cr
POLS 180  Introduction to American Politics 3 cr
POLS 300  Constitutional Law I 3 cr
POLS 301  Constitutional Law II 3 cr

Capstone Course Requirement.  The following courses in the Politics and Government Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: POLS 485 Studies in Political Theory; POLS 486 Studies in American Politics; POLS 487 Studies in International Relations POLS 488 Studies in Comparative Politics.