Declaring POL as a major or minor is easy. All you need to do is complete a form at the Center for Freshman Advising (Ashe 112), or in the Office of Student Academic Services (Ashe 200). You do not need a signature from anybody in the POL department to complete this process.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJORS ENTERING IN FALL 2009 OR AFTER

  1. 30 credits are required for the POL major
  2. At least 21 of these credits must be taken in residence.
  3. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above.

All majors must take the department’s three introductory courses POL 201 (or POL199), POL202, and POL203 (9 credits). The remaining courses must include classes taken at the 300 level or above from at least three of five sub-fields of political science: Political Theory and Methods, American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy, Administration and Law. All majors must also complete two 500-level seminars (6 credits). Note that 500-level seminars may fulfill the sub-field requirements.

Note: POL 213 does not count toward the major or minor. “Credit only” classes cannot be counted toward the major.

All majors must complete a quiz for graduating seniors (to be used for assessment purposes) during their last semester of coursework.

To satisfy the Advanced Writing & Communication proficiency requirement (http://www.as.miami.edu/academics/undergraduate-studies/advancedwriting-courses), students majoring in political science must complete at least one of the four required writing-intensive courses in the Department of Political Science.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING IN FALL 2008

  1. 30 credits are required for the POL major
  2. At least 21 of these credits must be taken in residence.
  3. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above

All majors must take two of the department’s introductory courses POL 201 (formerly POL211) and either POL212, POL202 or POL203 (6 credits). The remaining courses must include classes taken at the 300 level or above from at least three of five sub-fields of political science: Political Theory and Methods, American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy, Administration and Law. All majors must also complete two 500-level seminars (6 credits). Note that 500-level seminars may fulfill the sub-field requirements.

Note: POL 213 does not count toward the major or minor. Credit only” classes cannot be counted toward the major.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING BEFORE FALL 2008

  1. 30 credits are required by the College of Arts and Sciences.
  2. 30 credits are required for double majors in the schools of Communication and Education.
  3. 27 credits are required by the School of Business.

At least 21 of these credits must be taken in residence.
All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above

All majors must take two of the department’s introductory courses POL 201 (formerly POL211) and either POL212, POL202 or POL203 (6 credits). The remaining courses must include classes at the 300-level or above from at least three of four sub-fields of political science: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy, Administration and Law. All majors must also complete two 500-level seminars (6 credits). Note that 500-level seminars may fulfill the sub-field requirements.

Note: POL 213 does not count toward the major or minor. Credit only” classes cannot be counted toward the major.

POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR (BA) REQUIREMENTS

15 credits are required, at least 9 of which must be taken in residence. At least one course must be taken from among the department’s introductory sequence (POL199, POL201, POL202, POL203 or the previously-offered POL211 or POL212). All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or above.

Note: POL 213 does not count toward the major or minor. Credit only” classes cannot be counted toward the minor. 

DETAILED REQUIREMENTS FOR CURRENT MAJORS AND COURSES BY SUBFIELD

  1. POL 201 or POL 199 Introduction to American National Government (formerly POL211)
  2. POL 202 Introduction to Comparative Politics (formerly part of POL212)
  3. POL 203 Introduction to International Relations (formerly part of POL212) 

Students who entered the university prior to Fall 2009 are required to take POL211 (POL201) and ONE of the following: POL212, POL202, or POL203.

Notes: POL 213 does not count toward the major or the minor. In order for all other POL courses to count toward the major they must be passed with a grade of C- or above and with an overall GPA of 2.0. A special curriculum for students specializing in public administration enables them to complete the requirements for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration in five years. For more information, see the Graduate section of this website.

THE REMAINING CREDITS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING DISTRIBUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Six of the credits must come from two 500-level seminar courses offered by the University of Miami. This includes any 500-level seminar offered by the Department of Political Science or cross-listed with Political Science. The following 500 level courses are not seminars and do not fulfill this requirement:

  1. POL 520 Internship
  2. POL 521 Public Affairs Internship
  3. POL 563 Senior Honors Thesis (I)
  4. POL 564 Senior Honors Thesis (II)
  5. POL 590 Directed Readings

At least one course above the 200-level must be taken in three of the following five principal sub-fields of political science:

  1. American Politics
  2. Comparative Politics
  3. International Relations
  4. Public Administration, Policy, and Law
  5. Political Theory and Methods

These can include courses used to fulfill requirement 1 above.

For the purposes of fulfilling these distribution requirements, sub-fields are defined as follows; note that some courses cover more than one sub-field but students may not use a single class to fill two sub-field requirements.

AMERICAN POLITICS:

POL 309 American Political Thought 
POL 311 Conspiracy Theories
POL 313 The Constitution
POL 314 Legislative Process 
POL 315 American Presidency 
POL 332 Mass Media and Politics 
POL 334 Campaigns 
POL 335 Local Government 
POL 342 State and Local Government and Politics 
POL 343 Government in Metropolitan Areas 
POL 349 U. S. Defense Policy 
POL 351 Public Opinion 
POL 352 Political Parties 
POL 353 Interest Groups and Lobbying 
POL 354 The CIA and the World of Intelligence
POL 360 Congressional Representation
POL 390 Special Topics in American Politics
POL 399 Transfer Credits in American Politics
POL 400 The 2012 Election
POL 401 The Election 
POL 491 Immigration Reform 
POL 515 Media Content Analysis 
POL 528 Advanced Seminar on Electoral Behavior
POL 529 Conducting US Elections 
POL 530 Intelligence and National Security Decision Making 
POL 536 U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies 
POL 540 Problems in American Foreign Policy 
POL 542 American Constitutional Development
POL 543 Urban Politics 
POL 547 Congressional Representation
POL 548 Civic Participation and Democracy 
POL 550 Advanced Seminar on American Politics 
POL 552 Politics and Group Perspectives 
POL 553 The Environmental Movement: Groups, Beliefs and Values
POL 569 Lgbti Politics
POL 599 Special Topics in American Politics

(Note: The POL399 and POL599 Special Topics courses offered prior to 2013 may have covered subfields other than American Politics. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies for clarification about a particular course.)

COMPARATIVE POLITICS:

POL 308 Security, Globalization, and Human Rights
POL 323 Global Warming Politics and the European Union
POL 344 Gender and Politics
POL 370 Global Energy Politics
POL 380 Comparative Political Analysis 
POL 381 European Governments and Politics 
POL 382 Government and Politics of the Federal Republic of Germany 
POL 384 Soviet and Russian Politics 
POL 385 Politics and Society in Latin America 
POL 386 Democratic Consolidation 
POL 387 Politics of the Middle East 
POL 388 Politics of Israel
POL 389 Special Topics in Comparative Politics
POL 398 Transfer Credits in Comparative Politics
POL 507 Politics, Sociology, & Economy in Contemporary Brazil
POL 525 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
POL 527 Comparative Political Institutions 
POL 531 Global Environmental Politics 
POL 534 War Crimes Tribunals
POL 535 Comparative Legal Systems
POL 569 Lgbti Politics
POL 571 Sex, Babies, and the State
POL 579 The Politics of Post-Communist Transitions 
POL 580 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Secession 
POL 581 Comparative Political Economy of Post-Industrial Democracies 
POL 582 Political Economy Development 
POL 584 Contemporary Latin American Politics 
POL 588 Politics in China 
POL 598 Special Topics in Comparative Politics

(Note POL398 Transfer Credits approved prior to 2013 may have been in fields other than Comparative Politics; see the Director of Undergraduate Studies for clarification about a particular course.)

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:

POL 308 Security, Globalization, and Human Rights 
POL 323 Global Warming Politics and the European Union
POL 337 International Law 
POL 341 Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Political Conflict
POL 345 The United States and Asia 
POL 346 U. S.-Latin American Relations 
POL 347 American Foreign Policy 
POL 348 United States Relations with the Middle East 
POL 349 U. S. Defense Policy 
POL 354 The CIA
POL 367 The Historical Roots of American Imperialism
POL 370 Global Energy Politics
POL 391 Topics in International Relations 
POL 391 Immigration Reform
POL 392 International Terrorism 
POL 397 Transfer Credits in International Relations
POL 491 Immigration Reform
POL 530 Intelligence and National Security Decision Making 
POL 531 Global Environmental Politics 
POL 540 Problems in American Foreign Policy 
POL 544 Chinese Foreign Policy 
POL 570 Uniting States in International Perspective
POL 575 The Politics of Civil- Military Relations
POL 576 On Violence: The Politics of Extremes 
POL 577 Security in South Asia
POL 578 ENERGY & SECURITY IN EURASIA
POL 579 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Secession 
POL 585 Post-Communist Russian Foreign Policy
POL 586 Conflict in the Middle East and Africa 
POL 591 Problems in International Politics and Organization 
POL 592 International Political Economy 
POL 593 International Relations of the Middle East
POL 594 European Security 
POL 597 Special Topics in International Relations

(Note POL397 Transfer Credits approved prior to 2013 may have been in fields other than International Relations; see the Director of Undergraduate Studies for clarification about a particular course.)

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, POLICY, AND LAW:

POL 300 Growth Management
POL 320: Politics of Growth Management 
POL 321 Public Policy and Administration 
POL 322 Environmental Politics and Policy 
POL 336 Politics of Crime 
POL 337 International Law 
POL 372 Introduction to Criminal Justice 
POL 373 Constitutional Law I 
POL 374 Constitutional Law II 
POL 375 Supreme Court Issues 
POL 376 Discrimination and the Law 
POL 377 Constitutional Law III
POL 393 Special Topics in Public Administration, Policy, and Law 
POL 396 Transfer Credits in Public Administration, Policy, and Law
POL 491 Immigration Reformy
POL 501 Budget and Financial Management and Administration 
POL 522 Introduction to Graduate Public Administration 
POL 523 Problems in Public and Non-Profit Management 
POL 524 Non-Profit Organizations: Law, Policy, and Management 
POL 525 Comparative Public Policy and Administration 
POL 526 Administrative Law 
POL 533 Courts and Controversy 
POL 534 War Crimes Tribunals 
POL 535 Comparative Legal Systems 
POL 536 U.S. Health Care Crisis: Politics and Policies 
POL 537 The Law and Politics of Sports 
POL 541 Philosophy of Law 
POL 542 American Constitutional Development 
POL 545 Environmental Policymaking 
POL 546 Public Policy 
POL 551 Productivity in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors 
POL 554 Social Welfare Policy 
POL 555 Total Quality Public Service Management: Achieving High Performance Government 
POL 556 Political Ethics 
POL 557 Ethical Issues in Government 
POL 558 From Electronic Government to Digital Governance
POL 596 Special Topics in Public Policy, Administration, and Law

POLITICAL THEORY AND METHODS:

POL 250 Scope and Methods in Political Science 
POL 301 The Science and Practice of Political Research
POL 302 Political Fiction and Film
POL 305 Introduction to Political Theory 
POL 306 Positive Political Theory 
POL 307 Political Ideologies
POL 309 American Political Thought 
POL 310 God, Science, and Politics 
POL 311 Conspiracy Theories 
POL 380 Comparative Political Analysis
POL 394 Special Topics in Political Theory and Methods 
POL 395 Transfer Credits in Political Theory and Methods
POL 506 From Plato Through Rawls
POL 510 Political Analysis 
POL 512 Advanced Political Analysis 
POL 513 Models of Politics
POL 514 Art & Politics 
POL 515 Media Content Analysis 
POL 516 Experiments
POL 517: Introductory Statistical Methods in Political Science
POL 518: Advanced Statistical Methods in Political Science
POL 519: Introduction to Game Theory for Political Science
POL 541 Philosophy of Law 
POL 595 Special Topics in Political Theory and Methods