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The Faculty

Chair:  David R. Jones 

 Professors:

Associate Professors:

Assistant Professors:

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Field Description

Our lives, our communities, and our world are to a considerable degree shaped by political events. Political science provides students with an understanding of the multifaceted ideas, structures, and processes of politics in the United States and abroad. Courses are designed to accomplish three principal objectives: to help the student acquire and establish habits of critical and creative thinking about public issues; to enlarge and broaden the students understanding of significant data, major ideas, and activities regarding politics; and to prepare students for careers in law, government, journalism, and education.

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The Major

In order to officially become a major in Political Science, students must come in person to the Politcal Science Department (NVC 5-280) to fill out our major declaration form and have it approved by the chair.

The Political Science major is unusually flexible. Students are required to take American Government (

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), a capstone seminar (
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), plus seven other political science courses, representing at least four of the six subfields outlined below. At least two electives must be at the 3000-level.

In addition to our field-specific courses, students can also receive elective credit for Independent Study projects (

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) or
Honors Thesis projects (
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,
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).

Important Advisory Regarding Capstones: Students must complete at least two 3000-level courses in Political Science BEFORE they are eligible to register for the capstone (

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). Political Science does NOT offer any capstone courses in summer or winter sessions.

Base Course
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POL 1101

American Government: Practices and Values
Required Course
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Political Science Capstone Seminar
Electives                                             21 credits

Students are to select 21 credits from among all the courses offered by the department, with at least one course from four of the six areas listed below. At least two electives must be at the 3000-level. Students can also receive elective credit for independent study projects (

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), or honors thesis projects (
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).

American Government and Political Institutions

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POL 2001

The United States in an Age of Globalization
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POL 3008

Religion and Politics in the United States (
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,
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)
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POL 3101

Political Psychology (
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)
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POL 3102

American Conservatism: Origins, Development, and Contemporary Controversies (
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)
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POL 3310

Public Opinion
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POL 3311

Political Parties and Elections
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POL 3312

Congress and the Legislative Process
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POL 3313

Constitutional Law
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POL 3314

Civil Liberties
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POL 3316

The Presidency
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POL 3318

Immigration and Integration in the United States
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POL 3340

Political Socialization
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POL 3417

Case Studies in American Government
Comparative Politics
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POL 2260

Introduction to Comparative Government
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POL 3086

Modern Middle East and North Africa (
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)
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POL 3104

Politics of the Third World
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POL 3361

Comparative Politics in Selected Areas of the World
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POL 3362

European Political Systems
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POL 3364

Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems
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POL 3365

Asian Political Systems
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POL 3366

African Political Systems
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POL 3367

Comparative Revolutions
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POL 3368

Communist Political Systems
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POL 3842

Making of Modern India (
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), (
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)
International Politics
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POL 2240

Introduction to International Relations
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POL 3341

International Relations in the Middle East
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POL 3342

American Foreign Policy
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POL 3343

International Relations in Selected Areas of the World
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POL 3344

The United Nations in World Politics
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POL 3345

Contemporary International Conflict
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POL 3346

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs (
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), (
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)
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Seminar on Political Globalization

Political Theory and Methodology
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POL 2332

American Political Thought
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POL 3062

Political Sociology (

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)

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POL 3201

Topics in Politics and Literature (
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)
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POL 3233

Political and Administrative Research
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POL 3333

Political Behavior
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POL 3334

American Radicalism
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POL 3335

Early Political Theory
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POL 3336

Modern Political Theory
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POL 3337

Contemporary Political Ideologies
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POL 3500

Political Analysis
Public Policy
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POL 2353

Public Policy
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POL 3001

Women: Politics and Policy
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POL 3005

Social Welfare Policy (
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)
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POL 3103

Political Economy
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POL 3315

Government and the American Economy
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POL 3317

The Politics of Energy and the Environment
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POL 5452

Field Work in Government and Politics
Urban Politics
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POL 2220

State and Local Government
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POL 2321

Urban Government
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POL 3323

Politics and Government of New York City
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POL 3422

Urban Public Policy

 

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Honors Thesis in Political Science

The Honors Thesis is a two-semester sequence (

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) that offers students of superior academic achievement the opportunity to work individually with a professor on a major research project in Political Science. This project involves in-depth and original research of an empirical and/or theoretical question in the field. The degree "with honors" is conferred upon acceptances of the honors project by the Committee on Undergraduate Honors. the six credits earned from completing a thesis will be accepted as part of the 24 credit major.  

Prerequisites:

  • 3.5 GPA in Political Science and also a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete a minimum of four courses in Political Science, including at least two at the 3000-level or above
  • Submit an application and prospectus that has been approved by the prospective faculty mentor, the Chair of Political Science (Dr. David Jones), and the Chair of the Committee of Undergraduate Honors (Dr. Frank Heiland). The deadline for the prospectus is April 1 for a student who wishes to begin the thesis in the Fall semester, and November 1 for a tudent who wishes to begin the thesis in the Spring semester.
  • Students do NOT have to be enrolled in the Honors Program to write an honors thesis.

For more information, please visit the Honors Thesis in Political Science website

 

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The Minor

In order to officially become a minor in Political Science, students must fill out a minor declaration form. The department strongly recommends that you come in person to the Political Science Department (VC 5-280) for advisement on filling out the minor form, and how to successfully complete our minor. The Political Science minor is very flexible. Students can take any two 3000-level courses, and then a capstone seminar. (

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).

Important Advisory Regarding Capstones: Students must complete at least two 3000-level courses in Political Science BEFORE they are eligible to register for the capstone (
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). Political Science does NOT offer capstone course in summer or winter sessions.

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Courses in Political Science

Important Note: A number of the courses listed below are not offered every semester. Please consult CUNYfirst for the information on what courses are currently being offered. 

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POL 1101

American Government: Practices and Values

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2001

The United States in an Age of Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2220

State and Local Government

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2240

Introduction to International Relations

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2260

Introduction to Comparative Government

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2280

The Great Political Debates: The Individual and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2321

Urban Government

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2332

American Political Thought

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2353

Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3001

Women: Politics and Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3005

Social Welfare Policy (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3008

Religion And Politics In The United States (

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),
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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3062

Political Sociology (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3086

The Modern Middle East and North Africa (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3101

Political Psychology (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3102

American Conservatism: Origins, Development, And Contemporary Controversies (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3103

Political Economy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3104

The Politics of the Third World

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3201

Topics in Politics and Literature (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3233

Political and Administrative Research

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3310

Political Opinion

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3311

Political Parties and Elections

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3312

Congress and the Legislative Process

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3313

Constitutional Law

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3314

Civil Liberties

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3315

Government and the American Economy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3316

The Presidency

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3317

The Politics of Energy and the Environment

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3318

Immigration and Integration in the United States

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3323

Politics and Government of New York City

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3333

Political Behavior

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3334

American Radicalism

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3335

Early Political Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3336

Modern Political Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3337

Contemporary Political Ideologies

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3340

Political Socialization

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3341

International Relations in the Middle East

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3342

American Foreign Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3343

International Relations in Selected Areas of the World

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3344

The United Nations in World Politics

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3345

Contemporary International Conflict

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3346

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs (

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),
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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3347

Seminar on Political Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3361

Comparative Politics in Selected Areas of the World

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3362

European Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3364

Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3365

Asian Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3366

African Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3367

Comparative Revolutions

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3368

Communist Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3417

Case Studies in American Government

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3422

Urban Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3456

American Intellectual History

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3500

Political Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3842

The Making of Modern India (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3999

Special Topics in Political Science

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 4900

Political Science Capstone Seminar

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 5000

Independent Study in Political Science I

Hours and credits to be arranged

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POL 5001

Independent Study in Political Science II

Hours and credits to be arranged

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POL 5002

Independent Study in Political Science III

Hours and credits to be arranged

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POL 5452

Field Work in Government and Politics

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 6001H

Political Science Honors I

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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POL 6002H

Political Science Honors II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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