Degree Requirements - Programs in Political Science

B.A. DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 124

GENERAL EDUCATION 46-48
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS(2) 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean 1
ENG 1030 Composition 3
MATH 1016 Statistics 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship 3
GE 2023 Research and Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9
ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select two courses from different areas:
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Foreign Languages 3
Music or Theatre 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
Select two courses from different areas:
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Psychology 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
Math 1010; 1030; 1054;
OR
CPS 1031; 1032; 1231 3
Lab Science
Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Geology
Meteorology; Earth Science; Astronomy 4
Additional Science Course:
Interdisciplinary or one 3, 4
Different science course from above
(3 or 4 credits)
Health and Physical Education 2-3
ID 1225 or ID 1010 3
OR
Two one credit PED courses 2

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE 3
PS 4130 Senior Seminar: Political Issues 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES 9
(Three 3000-Level Courses from among the following subject areas: Communications, English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology) 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS(5) 30

REQUIRED COURSES 12
**PS 1010 Introduction to Politics I: Elements of Politics 3
PS 2100 American Government and Politics 3
PS 2300 Introduction to Comparative Government 3
OR
PS 2400 Introduction to International Relations 3
One course from political theory area 3

MAJOR ELECTIVES 18
Six political science courses, five of which must be at the 3000-4000 level; of these five courses, at least 3 must be 3000-level courses. One course must be a writing emphasis course.

FREE ELECTIVES 37-39
At least 50% must be at 3000 level or above.
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) See prerequisites and equivalencies.
(4) Not Required of students with a second major, minor or collateral.
(5) Require grade of C or better.
*Required Distribution Course
**Prerequisite for PS 4130

POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR REQUIREMENTS 21

PS 1010 Introduction to Politics: Elements of Politics 3
PS 2100 American Gov’t and Politics 3
PS 2300 Introduction to Comparative Government 3
OR
PS 2400 Introduction to International Relations 3

ELECTIVES 12
Four courses in political science, three of which must be at the 3000-4000 level, selected with advisement. May include one course in public administration, with prior approval of department chairperson.

B.A. DEGREE OPTION: INTERNATIONAL/ COMPARATIVE POLITICS 124

GENERAL EDUCATION 46-48
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS(2) 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 Composition(5) 3
MATH 1016 Statistics 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship 3
GE 2023 Research and Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS:
Humanities 9

ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select two courses from different areas:
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Foreign Languages 3
Music or Theatre 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
HIS 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
**PS 1010 Introduction to Politics 3
****PS 2300 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
Science and Mathematics 10-11
Math 1010; 1030; 1054; or
CPS 1031; 1032; 1231 3
Lab Science      
Biology, Chemistry; Physics; Geology; 3
Meteorology; Earth Science, Astronomy  
Additional Science Course:
Interdisciplinary or one 3 or 4
Different science course from above
(3 or 4 credits)
Health and Physical Education 2-3
ID 1225 or ID 1010 3
OR
Two one credit PED courses 2

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE 3
PS 4130 Senior Seminar: Political Issues 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS 9
Select three of the following; one must be from Social Sciences + below:
+ECO 3050 Comparative Economic Systems 3
+ECO 3400 International Economics 3
PHIL 3300 Social and Political Philosophy 3
PHIL 3313 Justice and Human Rights 3
REL 1700 Introduction to Comparative Religion 3
MKT 4220 International Marketing 3
PA 2000 Introduction to Public Administration 3
PA 3110 American Federalism 3
CJ 3640 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
+ANTH 1800 Cultural Anthropology 3
+SOC 3170 Japanese Challenge 3
+HIS 2510 Political History of Africa in the 20th Century 3
+HIS 3400 Diplomatic History of the Far East 3
+HIS 4366 American Foreign Affairs 3

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS(5) 30

REQUIRED COURSES 12
PS 2100    American Government and Politics 3
PS 2400 Introduction to International Relations 3
PS 3550    Scope and Methods of Political Science 3
One course from political theory area 3

MAJOR ELECTIVES 18
Six courses selected with department advisement, at least 3 of which must be 3000-level courses. Students must take at least one seminar and one writing emphasis course.
PS 3240 Theory of International Relations 3
PS 3300 Comparative European Politics and Government 3
PS 3310 Comparative Non-Western Government 3
PS 3320 Politics of the Middle East 3
PS 3330 Far Eastern Politics 3
PS 3340 Latin American Politics 3
PS 3341 Central American Politics 3
PS 3350 Totalitarian Politics 3
PS 3360 Southern African Politics 3
PS 3400 Politics of War & Peace    3
PS 3410 International Organizations 3
PS 3418 Arab-Israeli Conflicts     3
PS 3420 International Law 3
PS 3430 International Terrorism 3
PS 3440 International Relations of Latin America 3
PS 3450 Conduct of US Foreign Policy 3
PS 3460 Human Rights and Politics 3
PS 3470 The Politics of International and Comparative Politics 3
PS 3480 The Political Economy of Violence 3
PS 3490 U.S.-China Relations Since World War II 3
PS 4400 Honor Seminar in International and Comparative Politics 3
PS 4410 Seminar in International Politics 3
PS 4420 Seminar in African Politics 3
One Political Science course other than those listed above 3

FREE ELECTIVES 37-39

Selected with advisement. At least 50% must be at 3000 level or above.

TOTAL 124

(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) See prerequisites and equivalencies.
(5) Require grade of C or better.
**Prerequisite for PS 4130
****Course required for IR/Comp. Pol. Option

B.A. DEGREE OPTION: TEACHER CERTIFICATION 131

Students choosing this option must make a formal application for admission to the IEL Department. Prior to taking education courses, all prerequisites must be met.
GENERAL EDUCATION AND ADDITIONAL LIBERAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS(2) 47
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS(3) 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean(1) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(5) 3
MATH 1016 Statistics 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication as Critical Citizenship(5) 3
GE 2023 Research and Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9

ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select two courses from different areas:
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Foreign Languages 3
Music or Theatre 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
HIST 1000 History of Civil Society in America 3
SOC 1000 OR Anthropology 1000 3
PSY 1000 General Psychology 3   
Science and Mathematics 10-11
Math 1010
Lab Science
Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Geology Meteorology; Earth Science; Astronomy
Additional Science Course: Interdisciplinary (ID) or one different
Science course from above 3
Health and Physical Education 3
ID 1225 Contemporary Health 3

MAJOR/GE CAPSTONE COURSE 3
PS 4130 Senior Seminar: Political Issues 3

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS(2) 24
ECO 1020 Principles of Economics I 3
GEOG 2010 Geography of Man 3
HIST 1030 Western Civilization 3
HIST 2303 US History to 1877 3
HIST 2304 United States History, 1877 to Present 3
HIST 3326 History of New Jersey 3
PSY 2110 Psychology of Adolescence 3
ID 2955    Disabled Persons in American Society 3

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS6 30
**PS 1010 Introduction to Politics I: Elements of Politics 3
PS 2100    American Government and Politics 3
PS 2300    Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
OR
PS 2400    Introduction to International Relations 3
One course in political theory 3

MAJOR ELECTIVES 18****
Six political science courses, including five on the 3000-4000 level. Of these five courses, at least 3 must be at the 3000-level. One course must be a writing emphasis course. Students may take HIST 3000 as a substitute for one of their upper-level major elective courses.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS(6) 30

Field Experience 21
EMSE 2801 Introductory Field Experience K-12 3
EMSE 3801 Junior Field Experience K-12 2
EMSE 3903 Teaching ELL 1
EMSE 4801 Professional Internship: Secondary Education 9

Education Core 9
EDUC 3401 Language Arts/Reading K-12 3
EDUC 3000 Curriculum, Evaluation and Learner 3
EDUC 4000 Teacher and Classroom 3

Specialty 6
EMSE 3240 Social Studies K-12 WE 3
EMSE 3122 Computers in Education 3

TOTAL 13

*A maximum of two C’s in all academic major courses. All other grades in academic major courses must be B- or better.
(1) Required of all Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(2) A grade of C or better is required for all Additional Requirements courses.
(3) See prerequisites and equivalencies.
(4) Not Required of students with a second major, minor or collateral.
(5) Require grade of C or better.
(6) A “B-” or better is required for all professional education courses with the exception of IEL 3801 and IEL 4801, which require a grade of Satisfactory.
**Prerequisite for PS 4130
****HIST 3000 (Perspectives on History) is strongly recommend as a PRAXIS Exam preparation course.  

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