College of Arts and Sciences

American Politics

PROGRAM OPTIONS

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The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2022-2023 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

The Department of Political Science administers a major in American Politics. The undergraduate major, totaling 42 credits, serves our undergraduate students who choose Drake for the distinct experiential environment available in Des Moines and on campus, allowing consistent and meaningful participation in local, state, and national politics. The American Politics major offers students a unique learning environment that synthesizes rigorous academic study alongside practical experience and skills, exemplifying the Drake mission statement’s focus on “collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff” and “the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.”

B.A. Degree Requirements

CourseCredits
POLS 001 - The American Political System 3
POLS 065 - Comparative Politics 3
POLS 095 - Introductory Methods in American Politics
POLS 159 - Research Seminar 3
POLS 195 - Senior Seminar in American Politics 3
Theoretical Foundations - Select one course from the following  
POLS 182 - Political Theory of the American Founding 3
POLS 183 - American Liberalism and Conservatism 3
POLS 185 - American Political Thought 3
POLS 186 - Law, Politics, and Religion 3
Political Institutions - Select two courses from the following  
POLS 115 - Presidential Nomination Process 3
POLS 119 - Contemporary Debates in Institutional Design 3
POLS 130 - State and Local Government 3
POLS 151 - The American Presidency 3
POLS 152 - Congress and the Legislative Procedure 3
POLS 153 - Judicial Politics 3
POLS xxx - Introduction to the Public Administration
POLS 167 - Supreme Courts and Elections 3
POLS 168 - Politics and Parliaments 3
Public Policy Debates - Select two courses from the following  
LPS 133 - Drugs, Law, and Society 3
LPS 137 - American Indian Law and Politics 3
LPS 138 - Reproductive Law and Policy in the United States 3
LPS 146 - Urbanization and Social Justice 3
POLS 112 - Women in Politics 3
POLS 117 - Race and American Politics 3
POLS 125 - Post-Conflict Justice 3
POLS 126 - Political Economy of Globalization 3
POLS 127 - Global Health 3
POLS 155 - Public Policy 3
POLS 156 - Environmental Politics and Policy 3
POLS 157 - Crime and Punishment in the United States 3
POLS 158 - Constructing Americans 3
POLS 170 - International Law 3
POLS 174 - Global Migration 3
POLS 175 - Human Trafficking 3
POLS 177 - Gender and War 3
POLS 179 - American Foreign Policy 3
SCSR 112 - Rhetoric and War 3
SCSR 114 - Rhetorics of Race 3
SCSR 116 - Rhetorics of Class 3
SCSS 105 - Race, Gender, and Poverty 3
SCSS 140 - Youth and Crime 3
SCSS 145 - Food and Society 3
SCSS 154 - Poverty and Society 3
Political Behavior - Select one course from the following  
POLS 113 - American Electoral Procedures 3
POLS 114 - Public Opinion 3
POLS 116 - The Media in Modern Politics 3
POLS 166 - Comparative Political Parties and Interest Groups 3
Professional Development/Practical Politics 9

All students majoring in American Politics will complete 9 credits in related professional skills. Students may complete this requirement with a double major in Strategic Political Communication or Data Analytics. Students may complete this requirement with internship credit but no more than 6 credits may be awarded through internships. 

 
POLS 193 - Internship POLS 1-3 
POLS 194 - Internship POLS 1-3
POLS 196 - Internship of POLS 1-3

 

 

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