Overview

Would you enjoy working for a US political campaign? Do you want to learn more about global political issues, first-hand, while talking with local leaders in Africa, Asia and the European Community? Would you like to take US and international pre-law courses from faculty who manage moot court programs and Model United Nations programs? Or become the next student in our major to join the Peace Corps?

The Political Science (PLS) major at Maryville College prepares you for careers in a host of government, diplomatic, non-government, media and legal fields. Working with professors with professional experience in Washington DC and over two dozen nations around the works, PLS major students learn about political processes, institutions and the theories guiding governments around the world. They also learn how social and economic factors in those nations impact the daily work of government.

Politics comes alive in our major, providing skill sets students use to become successful interns in a host of US and global organizations, law firms and businesses. Our PLS majors have received public administration, law and public policy graduate degrees from among the best schools in the nation. They work for legislators in Nashville, Washington DC, and for leaders in a number of corners of the world. Come, and be our next political leader. The journey starts here, at Maryville College.

Course Offerings

The Major in Political Science requires 46 hours in the principal and related fields. Required courses include:

PLS 121: Contemporary Political Issues (3 hrs.)
PLS 122: American Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 212: International Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 232: Public Policy (3 hrs.)
PLS 306: Political Philosophy (3 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
PLS 311: Regional Comparative Governments and Politics (3 hrs.)
     or
PLS 316: International Organizations and Law (3 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
PLS 321: American Political Process (3 hrs.)
     or
PLS 322: The Judicial Process (3 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
PLS 345: Environmental Politics (3 hrs.)
      or
PLS 349: Selected Topics in Political Science (3 hrs.)

 

PLS 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
ECN 201: Principles of Economics (4 hrs.)


Either of the following courses:
MTH 221: Inferential Statistics (3 hrs.)
     or
MTH 222: Regression Analysis (3 hrs.)

SLS 301: Social Sciences Research Methods (3 hrs.)


One course selected from the following list:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 101: Introductory Sociology (3 hrs.)
SOC 211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)

The Minor in Political Science consists of 15 hours and includes:

PLS 121: Contemporary Political Issues (3 hrs.)
PLS 122: American Government and Politics (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
        or
PLS 212: International Politics (3 hrs.)

Six additional credit hours in political science courses

The Major in Political Science/History for Teacher Licensure leads to licensure in political science with a secondary emphasis in history. The track requires 39 hours in disciplinary courses and an additional 29 credit hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed under Education in this catalog.

Courses required include:

PLS 121: Contemporary Political Issues (3 hrs.)
PLS 122: American Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 211: Comparative Government and Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 212: International Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS 321: American Political Process (3 hrs.)
PLS 322: The Judicial Process (3 hrs.)
PLS 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)

Courses required in history include:
HIS 112: History of the United States in the 19th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 203: History of the United States in the 20th Century (3 hrs.)
HIS 242: World Civilization from Earliest Times to 1500 C.E. (3 hrs.)
HIS 251: Economic History of the United States (3 hrs.)
One course (3 credit hours) selected from the following list:
HIS 333: Studies in Asian History (3 hrs.)
HIS 334: Studies in Latin American History (3 hrs.)
HIS 335: Studies in African History (3 hrs.)


Additional courses in liberal studies include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.).

 

Students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)

Additional teaching endorsement in Geography may be earned through completion of the following courses:

SLS 201: Contemporary Global Issues (3 hrs.)


Two different WRC 370: World Cultures course (3 hrs each) (One of these courses may be used to fulfill the general education requirement for World Cultures)