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Major and Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

Majors must meet the general baccalaureate requirements and complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in political science, in addition to the state-mandated courses in American government, POLS 1336 and 1337 or equivalents. At least 24 semester hours of the total required must be at the 3000 level or above, and of these advanced hours, at least 15 semester hours must be taken in residence.

Advanced hours should be taken as soon as possible after completing POLS 1336 and 1337, and must include three hours of Political Theory  from POLS 3310, 3348, or 3349; three hours of Methodology  from POLS 3312 or 3316; six hours of International Affairs from POLS 3309, 3311, 3313, 3315, 3333 or 3336. The remaining hours would include 12 credits advanced Political Science electives [3000/4000] and 6 hours of any level Political Science electives.  No more than six total semester hours of grades of D in political science will be applied toward degree requirements in the major. No more than six semester hours of special problems courses and/or internships may be used to satisfy any major requirements in political science.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average in courses attempted in the major at the university. Students are encouraged to distribute course work in political science over several of the following areas: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, public administration, public law, political theory, and methodology.

Checklists for students entering UH Fall 2017 and Later

Checklists for students entering UH prior to Fall 2017 (please note that core is determined by semester you enter the university)

Minor Requirements

Political Science Minor at UH-Sugar Land

The Political Science Department offers a rota of courses at the Sugar Land campus allowing students to complete the Political Science Minor within two years (or less).  Courses are taught in the evening, in hybrid format.   Courses scheduled for Spring 2019 are:

Spring 2019

  • POLS3312            Arguments, Data, Politics     Tues.  17:30-19:00
  • POLS3318            Intro to Public Policy            Weds. 17:30-19:00 

For additional Information, write or call:

Department of Political Science
Attn: Undergraduate Advisor
University of Houston
Houston, TX, 77204-3474
Tel: (713) 743-3890