DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, POLITICAL SCIENCE


Bachelor Of Arts Degree In History

Program Of Study

Bachelor Of Arts Degree In Political Science

Program Of Study

Minor In International Affairs

Pre-Law Program




The Department of History, Political Science offers three majors at the baccalaureate level, one in the area of history, one in the area of political science, and one as a double major in history and political science.  The major in history is designed to prepare researchers for graduate work, government service or industry. A student who majors in history must complete a minimum of 54 semester hour courses beginning at the 2000 level.


Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in History

  1. Complete a maximum of 125 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher. The last 30 hours must be completed at Albany State University.


  1. During the freshman and sophomore years, the student must complete Core Areas A-E.


  1. History major requirements -complete the-following:
    1. a. HIST 1111, 1112,2111 and 2112
    2. b. HIST 3301, 3302, 4301 and 4302
    3. c. Three American History courses at the 3000-4000 levels d. Three European History courses at the 3000-4000 levels
    4. e. Three Non-Western History courses at the 3000-4000 levels f. Three professional electives at the 3000-4000 levels
    5. g. Complete up to ten (10) hours of general electives
    6. h. Maintain a "C" or higher for all classes taken in Areas F and H of the History Check sheet
    7. i. Complete the 125 hours for the major with a GPA of at least 2.25
    8. j. Complete MFAT subject area test
    9. k. Complete last 30 semester hours at Albany State



COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

The major in political science encompasses an investigation of governmental institutions and political behavior at all levels from the local to the international. The political science major will take courses in American Government, Comparative Government, Constitutional Law, Political Theory, Research Methodology and International Relations. The political science major is suitable for students with career interests in teaching, law, state and local government, urban planning, federal bureaucracy, and journalism. The political science major must complete 54 semester hour courses beginning at the 2000 level.


  1. Complete a maximum of 125 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher. The last 30 hours must be completed at Albany State University.


  1. During the freshman and sophomore years, the student must complete Core Areas A-E.


  1. Political Science major requirements -complete the following:
    1. Complete POLS 2101 and SSCI 2402
    2. Complete POLS 4371, 4372 and 4401
    3. Complete the following -POLS 3511 or 4512 and choose an additional six semester hours from International Relations/Comparative Government POLS 4512, 4513, 4514, 4515, 4816, 4817 and 4824.
    4. Complete POLS 3601 and choose six additional semester hours from American National/State/Local Government
    5. Complete POLS 3701 and choose six hours from Constitutional Law. Complete nine hours of professional political science electives from POLS 3705, 3708, 4515, 4818 and 4619 (or any other electives under areas F, G or H that are not used to satisfy electives in those areas
    6. Complete up to ten (10) hours of general electives.
    7. Maintain a "C" or higher for all classes taken in Areas F and H of the Political Science Check sheet
    8. Complete the 125 hours for the major with a GPA of at least 2.25
    9. Complete ACAT subject area test
    10. Complete last 30 semester hours at Albany State




MINOR PROGRAMS


Minor programs are offered in History, Political Science, Pre-Law, International Affairs, Public Administration, and African/African-American Studies. Each minor program consists of 18 semester hours beyond the core requirements. The programs prepare students for professional careers and advanced study in History, Political Science, Law, and Public and Private Sector Administration. Internship experiences in Political Science and Public Administration are available.





BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY

Area



Credit hours

Core Curriculum


(60 hours)

AREA A1

Communication Skills

6

AREA A2

Quantitative Skills

3

AREA B

Insitutional Options

5

AREA C

Humanities, Fine Arts and Ethics

6

AREA D

Natural Science, Math & Tech

10

AREA E

Social Sciences


12

AREA F

Courses Related to Major

 

18

Foreign Language Sequence (6 hrs)

  


HIST 2111

Survey of American History I (3 hrs)


HIST  2112

Survey of American History II (3 hrs)

 


SSCI  2402

Micro-Computers in the SSCI (3 hrs)


2000 Level Courses (Select one 3 hrs)


ECON 2105

Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hrs)

ECON 2106

Principles of Microeconomics (3 hrs)

ECON 2201

Survey of Economics (3 hrs)


PHIL 2101

Intro. to Philosophy (3 hrs)


POLS 2101

Intro. to Political Science (3 hrs)


SOCI 2011

Principles of Sociology (3 hrs)


SOCI 2031

Intro. to Anthropology (3 hrs)






Above The Core



(5 hours)





Area G- PROFESSIONAL COURSES


(48 hours)

A. General  (12 hrs)




HIST 3301

Historical Methods I


HIST 3302

Historical Methods II


HIST 4301

Senior Seminar I



HIST 4302

Senior Seminar II



B. American History (Select 3 courses)


HIST 3403

History of Georgia


HIST 3404

Diplomatic History of the U.S.


HIST 3405

Civil War and Reconstruction


HIST 4402

Directed Readings in American History

HIST 4403

The Afro-American in American Thought

HIST 4404

The History of the South


HIST 4405

Contemporary American, 1945 to Present

HIST 4406

The Civil Rights Era


C. European History (Select 3 courses)


HIST 3406

Directed Readings in European History

HIST 3510

Classical History



HIST 3511

Modern Europe I



HIST 3512

Modern Europe II


HIST 3514

English History I



HIST 3515

English History II



HIST 3516

Social and Intellectual History of Modern Europe

HIST 3518

The European Middle Ages


HIST 3519

European Renaissance, Reformation and Reconnaissance

HIST 3630

Spanish History



D. Non-Western History (Select 3 courses)


HIST 3206

Slavery in Ancient and Modern Worlds

HIST 3408

Directed Readings in Non-Western History

HIST 3631

History of Latin America


HIST 3632

History of Russia



HIST 3633

The Revolution of Modern History


HIST 4611

Studies in African History


HIST 4612

Studies in African Diaspora


HIST 4613

East Asian History



HIST 4614

Race and Politics in the US & the Caribbean

HIST 4814

Women and Politics Cross-Culturally

HIST 4815

Introduction to Global Terrorism


E. History Electives 3000-4000 level 9 Hrs.


(Select 3 courses)







General Electives


(Up to 12 hrs)





Total required for graduation


(125 hours)









PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN HISTORY

125 Semester Hours

Freshman

Fall


Spring



ENGL 1101

Eng. Comp. I

3

ENGL 1102

Eng. Comp. II

3

MATH 1111

College Algebra

3

Area B Elective

2

ASU 1201

Foundations of College Success

2

COMM 1100

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

Electives


1

PEDH Elective

1

HIST 1002

Intro. African. Dias.

2

Science Elective

4

Science Elective

4

Humanities & Fine Arts Elective

3

Total


(15 hrs)



(16 hrs)







Sophomore Year





ENGL 2111

World Lit. I

3

Social Science Area E. Elec.

3

Fine Arts Elective

3

Social Science Area E. Elec.

3

POLS 1101

U.S. & GA Government

3

SSCI 2402

Microcomputers in Soc. Sci.

3

MATH Elective

3

American History Elec.

3

Social Science Elective

3

European History Elec.

3

Elec. Area D (Technology)

2

PEDH Elective

1

Total


(17 hrs)



(16 hrs)







Junior Year






Foreign Language

3

Foreign Language

3

HIST 2111

Survey Am. Hist. I

3

HIST 2112

Survey. Am. Hist. II

3

Social Science Elective

3

HIST 3302           Hist. Meth. II

3

HIST 3301

Hist. Meth. I

3

Non-Western Hist. Elec.

3

American History Elective

3

European Hist. Elec. or POLS 4513

3

Total


(15 hrs)

           


(15 hrs)







Senior Year






HIST 4301

Senior Seminar I

3

HIST 4302 Senior Seminar II

3

American History Elective

3

Non-Western Hist. Elec.

3

European History Elective

3

History Elec. (3000-4000)

3

Non-Western History Elec.

3

General Elective

3

History Elec. (3000-4000)

3

General Elective

3

Total


(15 hrs)



(15 hrs)







BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Area



Credit hours

Core Curriculum



(60 hours)

AREA A1

Communication Skills


6

AREA A2

Quantitative Skills


3

AREA B

Insitutional Options


5

AREA C

Humanities, Fine Arts and Ethics

6

AREA D

Natural Science, Math & Tech

10

AREA E

Social Sciences


12

AREA F

Courses Related to Major

18

A. 2000 Level Courses (select two 6 hrs)



HIST 2111

Survey of American History I


HIST 2112

Survey of American History II


HIST 2115

African American History



ECON 2105

Principles of Macroeconomics


ECON 2106

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 2201

Survey of Economics



HIST 2115

African American History



PHIL 2101

Intro. to Philosophy



POLS 2102

Intro to Law



SOCI 2011

Principles of Sociology



SOCI 2031

Intro. to Anthropology



B.  Foreign

Language Sequence (6 hrs)


SSCI 2402

Microcomputers in the SSCI  (3 hrs)


POLS 2101

Intro. to Political Science   (3 hrs)






Above The Core



(5 hours)





Area G - PROFESSIONAL COURSES


(48 hours)

A. General: 9 Hrs.




POLS 4371

Research Methods I



POLS 4372

Research Methods II



POLS 4401

History of Political Thought



B. International Relations and Comparative Government:  9 Hrs.


POLS 3511

Comparative Government



POLS 4514

International Relations



Choose an additional 6 hours from any of the following:


POLS 4513

Issues in Global Politics



POLS 4512

Politics and Institutions in Developing Countries


POLS 4515

International Organizations


POLS 4816

Model United Nations



POLS 4817

Politics of Globalization



POLS 4824

Political Economy of Africa and the Caribbean


C. American National/State/Local Government :  9 Hrs.


(3 hours each)




POLS 3601

State and Local Government


Choose 6 hours from any American Government elective at the 3000-4000 level. These electives may include any of the following (3 hours each):

POLS 3611

Urban Politics



POLS 3612

African-American Politics



POLS 3813

Public Administration



POLS 3614

The Presidency



POLS 3815

Municipal Government



POLS 3616

Political Parties and Pressure Groups


POLS 3617

The Legislative Process



POLS 3618

Elections and Electoral Behavior


POLS 4814

Theory and Practice of Public Administration


POLS 4818

Public Administration Internship


D. Constitutional Law:  9 Hrs.



POLS 3701

Judicial Process



Choose 6 hours from any of the following:



POLS 3702

American Constitutional History


POLS 3703

Constitutional Law I



POLS 3704

Constitutional Law II



E. Professional Electives (3 hours each) :  9 Hrs.


POLS 3609

American Foreign Policy



POLS 3705

Trial Advocacy



POLS 3708

Civil Rights and Minorities



POLS 4515

International Organizations


POLS 4818

Public Administration Internship


POLS 4619

Legislative Internship



C, or D that are not used to satisfy electives in those areas






General Electives


(Up to 12 hrs)





Total required for graduation


(125 hrs)







PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

125s Semester Hours

Freshman Year

Fall


Spring


Credit Hrs.

ENGL 1101

Eng. Comp. I

3

ENGL 1102

Eng. Comp. II

3

MATH 1111

College Algebra

3

Area B Elective

2

ASU 1201

Foundations of College Success

2

COMM 1100

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

PEDH Elective


1




HIST 1002

Intro. African. Dias.

2

Science Elec.

4

Science Elective


4

POLS 1101

U.S. and GA Government

3

Total


(15 hrs)



(15 hrs)







Sophomore Year






ENGL 2111

World Lit. I

3

Social Science Elec.

3

Fine Arts Elective


3

Social Science Elec.

3

POLS 2101

Intro. to Pol. Sci.

3

Foreign Language Sequence

6

MATH Elective (Area A)

3

PEDH


1

Social Science Elective

3

POLS Amer. Government Elec.

3

Total


(15 hrs)



(16 hrs)







Junior Year






Social Science Elective (Area E)

3

POLS 3511 or POLS 4512

3

POLS 3601

St./Local Government

3

POLS 4401 Hist. Pol. Thought

3

Social Science Elective (Area F)

3

POLS Const. Law Elective

3

POLS 4371

Research Methods I

3

POLS Inter./Comp. Government.

3

POLS 3701

Judicial Process

3

POLS Elective (3000-4000)

3

PEDH Elective


1




Total


(16 hrs)



(15 hrs)







Senior Year






POLS 4372

Research Methods II

3

POLS Elec. (3000-4000)

6

POLS Amer. Government Elective

3

General Elective

10

POLS Inter./Comp. Government Elec.

3




POLS Const. Law Elec.

3




POLS Elective (3000-4000)

3




Total


(15 hrs)



(16 hrs)


MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

The International Affairs concentration requires 18 semester hours (6 courses). The student must complete the following required courses:


POLS 3511        Comparative Government

POLS 4514        International Relations

POLS 4819        International Political Economy

POLS 4820        Area Studies (Africa, Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Latin America)

POLS 4821        International Internship/Seminar

POLS 4822        Politics & Culture of Developing World


Requirements: Students majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs must complete courses in American Government, Introduction to Political Science, Comparative Government, Constitutional Law, Political Theory, and Research Methods I and II.



PRE-LAW PROGRAM


The Department of History, Political Science, and Public Administration has an excellent Pre-Law Program that is grounded in the tradition of a sound liberal arts education. Our Pre-Law advisors are experienced in guiding students in course selection and providing pertinent information about law schools of the Law Admission Council. There is a non-credit tutorial program that offers instruction in preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The LSAT preparation course utilizes lectures, discussions and in-class exercises of past questions. Participation is open to all students.



The requirements for entrance to law school can be satisfied in one of several majors. Two, three or four years in a B.A. or B.S. degree can comprise the pre-law program.


Interested students should select a degree program and electives that will help them to attain the following objectives:

  1. Fluency in written and spoken English;
  2. The ability to read difficult material with rapidity and comprehension;
  3. A solid background in American history and government;
  4. A broad basic education in social and cultural areas;
  5. A fundamental understanding of business, including basic account procedures; and

  1. The ability to reason logically.