Political Science Online Courses
The Political Science department offers three introductory-level courses fully online. These courses fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements for Government/Political Science.
POLS 1301 – American Government
Fundamentals of U.S. Government, including its historical development and current form.
POLS 2306 – Texas Politics and Topics
Fundamentals of Texas Government.
Major & Minor Courses
POLS 3363 – International Organization
Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Types of IOs, the issues IOs address, and the evidence regarding the effect of IO on world affairs.
POLS 3301 – Women Across Cultures: A Global Perspective
Prerequisite: POLS 1301. History of gender politics, today's women's rights activism, international and local organizations that support gender equality.
POLS 3302 – Comparative Politics: Nationalism
Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Different aspects of national identity, nation-building.
POLS 3301 – Terrorism and National Security
Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Issues in the study of terrorism, terrorism around the world, homeland security.
POLS 3302 – Democracies and Dictatorships
Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Defining democracy and dictatorship, political dynamics of autocracies, and contemporary challenges to democracy.
POLS 3302 – Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Poverty and inequality, election integrity, clientelism, and patronage.
POLS 3318 – Public Opinion
Prerequisite: POLS 1301. What is public opinion? How is it measured? What influences it? And what influences does it have?
POLS Minor Online
The requirement for a minor in political science is six 3-hour courses (18 hours), including POLS 1301 and 2306. Political science minors are also required to take either POLS 2361 or 2371 plus 9 hours of upper-level POLS courses. A minimum of 6 upper-level Political Science hours must be taken in residence at Texas Tech University.
Contact the political science advisor to create a plan for your online minor today!