College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

American Political Studies, Bachelor of Science

Four Year Progression Plan

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff

Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POS110 American Politics 3 POS110 Notes
Description: Basic introduction to American national government; constitutional foundations, the structures of government, courts, Congress, the presidency, interest groups, political parties, and major political issues facing the American people. This course satisfies state teacher certification for teachers in Arizona for federal constitution only. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: Course is strongly suggested for major to give background
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 100))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POS120 World Politics 3 POS120 Notes
Description: Studies the international system, its actors, and their capabilities; ends and means of foreign policy; international tension, conflict, and cooperation. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Cultural Understanding
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Course is strongly suggested for major to give background
2. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 100))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. LIBSTSAS Liberal Studies (SAS) Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POS201 Introduction To Politics 3
Description: Issues in contemporary political analysis, human values, and political goals; comparative study of how political systems differ; how nations influence one another. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
2. APSEMPHASIS See Catalog or Advisor 3 APSEMPHASIS Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Choose from one of the following Emphases; Administration, American Legal System, Cultural Diversity, Economy and Politics, Environment, Gender and Native American
See catalog or advisor for courses for chosen emphasis
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3 POSELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select course from the following list of Political Science Courses: POS 210, 224, 230, 231, 241, 250, 254, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 320, 325, 326, 327, 335, 344, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 359, 428, 445, 446, 450, 453, 455, 482, and 499
2. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3 POSELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select course from the following list of Political Science Courses: POS 210, 224, 230, 231, 241, 250, 254, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 320, 325, 326, 327, 335, 344, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 359, 428, 445, 446, 450, 453, 455, 482, and 499
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 4
4. LIBSTLAB Liberal Studies (LAB) Course 4
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POS303 Social Science Research 3
Description: Basic techniques of research design, data collection and analysis; contemporary methodologies such as survey design; computer applications. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. POSCORE See Catalog/Advisor to select 3 POSCORE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select course from the following CCJ 380, GSP 220, HIS 394, and SOC 353
These courses may not be multi-used within the major
3. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3 POSELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select course from the following list of Political Science Courses: POS 210, 224, 230, 231, 241, 250, 254, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 320, 325, 326, 327, 335, 344, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 359, 428, 445, 446, 450, 453, 455, 482, and 499
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POS301W Topics In Political Science 3 POS301W Notes
Description: Analyzes contemporary issues in national and international politics, incorporating extensive writing skill instruction. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content.
Prerequisite: [6 hours of POS-Political Science coursework and 45 earned hours and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+))] or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Satisfies Junior Level Writing Requirement
May be repeated up to 6 units with a different topic
2. APSEMPHASIS See Catalog or Advisor 3 APSEMPHASIS Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select Emphasis from the following: Administration, American Legal System,Cultural Diversity, Economy and Politics, Environment, Gender and Native American
3. APSEMPHASIS See Catalog or Advisor 3 APSEMPHASIS Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select Emphasis from the following: Administration, American Legal System,Cultural Diversity, Economy and Politics, Environment, Gender and Native American
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POSCORE See Catalog/Advisor to select 3 POSCORE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select course from the following CCJ 380, GSP 220, HIS 394, and SOC 353
These courses may not be multi-used within the major
2. APSEMPHASIS See Catalog or Advisor 3 APSEMPHASIS Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select Emphasis from the following: Administration, American Legal System,Cultural Diversity, Economy and Politics, Environment, Gender and Native American
3. APSEMPHASIS See Catalog or Advisor 3 APSEMPHASIS Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select Emphasis from the following: Administration, American Legal System,Cultural Diversity, Economy and Politics, Environment, Gender and Native American
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. POS421C Topics In Public Policy 3 POS421C Notes
Description: This capstone seminar analyzes selected contemporary policies and policy issues in national and international politics. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: 75 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Notes: Senior Capstone
2. POSELECTIVE POS Elective 3 POSELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select course from the following list of Political Science Courses: POS 210, 224, 230, 231, 241, 250, 254, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 320, 325, 326, 327, 335, 344, 351, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 359, 428, 445, 446, 450, 453, 455, 482, and 499
3. APSEMPHASIS See Catalog or Advisor 3 APSEMPHASIS Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: Select Emphasis from the following: Administration, American Legal System,Cultural Diversity, Economy and Politics, Environment, Gender and Native American
4. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 114 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) Student Choice (7)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Department of Politics and International Affairs offers undergraduate courses in US government, international relations, comparative politics, public policy, public administration, and theory. Our focus is both domestic and international, with particular strengths in environmental politics, political development, and diversity. We feature a dynamic faculty dedicated to teaching in a small classroom environment. The objectives of this degree program are to provide students with knowledge of the theory, principles, and practice of government and politics at the local and national levels. Students may use individualized coursework toward this Degree with prior written approval from your Political Science faculty mentor and the department chair. Note there are limits to the number credits that may be earned with individualized coursework with a POS prefix so students should consult the catalog when choosing this type of coursework.Students must take18 units in a chosen emphasis area. Areas include a 3-unit required POS course and 15 units from the courses listed for a emphasis area. Students must take courses from at least three disciplines, with no more than 9 units in any one discipline. Emphases include: Administration, American Legal System, Cultural Diversity, Economy and Politics, Environment, Gender, and Native American.
 
All 54 units required for this major must be earned with a grade of "C" or higher.
 
If you take an area studies or topics course that’s repeatable, you may take it more than once with different content and apply it to your major requirement more than once. It is strongly recommended that you meet with political Science Faculty to discuss your career goals and recommendations for courses for your POS electives.  Note that POS 220 may not be used to fulfill requirements for your Political Science degree.


CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Politics and International Affairs   WEB Page: http://politics.nau.edu
Social and Behavioral Sciences Building (Bldg. 65)               Room 224
PHONE: 928-523-3163                                    FAX:  928-523-6777
Department Chair: Dr. Geeta Chowdry
Phone:     928-523-3135               EMAIL: mailto:Geeta.Chowdry@nau.edu
 
Office of Academic Services and Advising   WEB Page: http://home.nau.edu/sbs/advising
Social and Behavioral Sciences West Building (Bldg. 70)               Room 114
PHONE: 928-523-6540                                    FAX: 928-523-7185
EMAIL: sbs.advisor@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the university catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your degree progress report.

Some courses may have pre-requisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or pre-requisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.