Major in Political Science
Degree Program Hours: 120
The major in Political Science provides a broad education that will equip students for a wide variety of careers. The program for majors is designed to
- Encourage analysis of political theories, institutions, and processes within the broader context of the social sciences
- Increase appreciation of political science as a discipline
- Develop a continuing and responsible interest in political participation and public affairs
- Provide the opportunity to acquire a fundamental understanding of political science as a basis for citizenship, a career in government, or professional study and service
- Stimulate interest in graduate studies in various fields and disciplines.
The curriculum is designed to not only expose students to the various areas of Political Science but also to allow reasonable specialization. Students are encouraged to create a blend of courses that fits their interests and they should work with the Political Science undergraduate advisor in selecting courses.
To qualify for admission to the program, FIU undergraduates must have met all the lower division requirements including CLAS, 60 semester hours, and a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average.
Combined Degree Pathway in Political Science (BA+MA)
The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science combined degree pathway. For the most up-to-date and authoritative information on this program, please consult the current course catalog at: https://catalog.fiu.edu/.
Minor in Political Science
Lower Division Requirement (3 credits)
POS 2041 American Government (or its equivalent)
Upper Division Requirement (15 credits)
Any five upper division (3000 level and above) courses selected from at least two of the following course prefixes: CPO, INR, POS, or POT,not including POS 4784, independent study courses or internship courses.
All courses for the minor must be passed with a ‘C’ or better grade. A grade of ‘C-’ in a course will not fulfill the requirements of the minor. Students should select specific courses in consultation with their major advisor and the Political Science undergraduate advisor. Students must apply for a minor by completing a Request for Minor Form and have it signed by their Major and Minor Advisors.
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: Social Studies Education Major
The BA in Political Science with Social Studies Education major is completing the approval and accreditation process with the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Department of Education. Please speak with a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for detailed information.
This program prepares students interested in Social Studies and social sciences for teaching at the secondary level. The major incorporates current results from education research, effective curriculum materials, use of technology, and a global perspective in collaborative learning. Program requirements include field experiences and an internship. Interested students are encouraged to contact the department for additional details and information on teacher support programs.