Texas Tech University

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.

Introductory Courses

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.

Frequently Asked Questions 1301 and 2306


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.

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Department of Political Science

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    Dept. of Political Science, Texas Tech University, 113 Holden Hall, Boston & Akron Streets, Lubbock, TX 79409-1015 Fax: 806.742.0850
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