Political Science

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:Political Science
Specializations:Political Science
Pre-Law
Minors:Political Science
Pre-Law/Political Science
Department:Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government
Building 50, Room 120
(850) 474-2929
http://uwf.edu/govt/
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:45.1001
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. in Political Science provides students with a foundation in the liberal arts and social sciences. Courses in the degree plan cover fundamental questions pertaining to the governance of human societies, the origin and evolution of law and justice, the comparative performance of democracies and dictatorships, the exercise of political leadership, the origins of war, and the maintenance of peace. Students will analyze competing theories of human nature and political organization subjecting them to the test of reason, history, and experience. The political science major is appropriate for many students, including those seeking a professional degree in government and public service, specific expertise in international security and diplomacy, familiarity with political organizations, and preparation for employment in advocacy, corporate, education, or non-profit sectors.

The Pre-Law Specialization emphasizes core courses in American government, with attention paid to American political thought, constitutional law, and judicial politics. Students then take courses across a broad array of subjects, including political theory, as well as history, economics and business, philosophy, literature, communications, and statistics. The political science/pre-law major is appropriate for students seeking a pre-professional degree in law.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Political Science must meet the following requirements. Students must earn a 2.0 for each mandatory core course of the program.

As a prerequisite, students majoring in Political Science need to earn at least a “C” in POS 2041 American Politics, or to transfer 3 sh of an equivalent lower-division course in American government or political science with a grade of “C” or higher.

Political Science Specialization

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Students must complete two introductory courses (6 sh) in Political Science with a POS, INR, or CPO prefix.6

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. It is recommended that the following courses be taken at the lower division because all three are required for the Political Science degree: POS 2041 American Politics, CPO 2002 Comparative Politics, INR 2002 International Politics18-21
Recommend electives:
Comparative Politics
International Politics
American Politics
Total Hours18-21

Major
 

POT 4601Modern Masters of Political Thought +3
or POT 4013 Ancient Masters of Political Thought
POS 3413The Presidency +3
or POS 3424 The Legislative Process
POS 3033Political Analysis +3
POS 3608Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers +3
or POS 3624 Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Privileges
3/4000 level CPO course +3
3/4000 level INR course +3
3/4000 level POS course +3
3/4000 level POT course +3
3/4000 level Political Science (CPO, INR, POS, POT) courses +6
If not completed at the lower division:
CPO 2002Comparative Politics3
INR 2002International Politics3
POS 2041American Politics3
Total Hours39

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 sh in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.21-30
Total Hours21-30

Pre-Law Specialization

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Students must complete two introductory courses (6 sh) in Political Science with a POS, INR, or CPO prefix.6

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. It is recommended that the following courses be taken at the lower division because POS 2041 plus one other of the following courses are required for the Political Science Pre-Law Degree: CPO 2002 Comparative Politics and INR 2002 International Politics18-21
Recommended electives:
Comparative Politics
International Politics
American Politics
Total Hours18-21

Major

POS 3424The Legislative Process +3
POS 3608Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers +3
POS 3624Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Privileges +3
POT 4204American Political Thought +3
Choose one of the following:3
Modern Masters of Political Thought +
Ancient Masters of Political Thought +
Choose one of the following: 3
Political Analysis +
Choose three of the following:9
Democracies +
International Law +
Jurisprudence +
The Presidency +
Constitutional Controversies +
First Amendment Freedoms +
The Founders' Constitution +
Choose one of the following: 3
If not completed at the lower division:
American Politics
Comparative Politics
International Politics
Total Hours30

Major-Related

Choose five from at least four areas and do not choose more than two from an area:15
History
American Revolutions, 1763-1828 +
Civil Rights +
3000/4000 level advisor approved course +
Legal Specialties
Criminal Justice System +
Courts +
Environmental Law +
The Constitution and the Press +
Law and Society +
Legal Research and Writing +
3000/4000 level advisor approved course +
Literature and Communications
Leadership Communication +
Shakespeare +
Old English Language +
Milton +
Law and Politics in Literature +
3000/4000 level advisor approved course +
Skills
Latin I
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Economic Theory and Public Policy +
Political Economy +
Elements of Statistics
3000/4000 level advisor approved course +
Philosophy
Greek Philosophy +
Modern Philosophy +
Modern Logic +
Ethics +
3000/4000 level advisor approved course +
Total Hours15

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.15
Total Hours15

Political Science

All courses must be completed at UWF and directed studies may not be taken to fulfill requirements. Political Science majors and Political Science/Pre-Law majors may not earn this minor.

Choose one of the following:3
Comparative Politics
International Politics
American Politics
Choose one of the following 3
The Legislative Process
American Political Thought
Political Analysis
Modern Masters of Political Thought
Ancient Masters of Political Thought
Choose one of the following:3
Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers
Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Privileges
Choose any 3000/4000 level course with an INR prefix3
Choose any 3000/4000 level course with a CPO prefix3
Total Hours15

Political Science/Pre-Law

The Minor in Political Science/Pre-Law is designed for students who seek to gain a theoretical understanding of the law pursuant to applying to law school. Political Science majors and Political Science/Pre Law majors may not earn this minor.

POS 2041American Politics3
Choose one of the following:3
Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers
Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Privileges
Choose three of the following9
Modern Masters of Political Thought
Ancient Masters of Political Thought
Constitutional Controversies
Jurisprudence
The Presidency
The Legislative Process
The Founders' Constitution
Directed Study-Advisor approved
Any advisor approved POS or POT course
Total Hours15