Department of Political Science
Department Chair: Eric Walz
Department Secretary: Kay Berry (208) 496-3060
Department Faculty: Bob InamaKent MarlorGary Marshall

 
Political Science
The goal of Political Science at BYU-Idaho is to challenge and stimulate students to develop an understanding of governmental institutions and political systems, and particularly, to critically evaluate the LDS members' role in the nation's political process. Majors may have educational goals in law or in careers as consultants in government or as educators. The following programs will be offered in political science: (1) a major in Political Science, (2) a minor in political science, (3) a minor in American Government Education.
 
NOTE on Pre-Law:
Some universities do not have a specific major called Pre-Law. This happens because no specific major is required to enter law school. Students who wish to enter law school after completion of a Bachelor's Degree at BYU-Idaho are encouraged to choose Political Science University Studies or any major of interest to them. Students developing a Political Science major may choose a minor or cluster in International Studies, International Business, Economics, or other related disciplines. Please consult with one of the Political Science faculty to determine which cluster courses would be best for you.
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Political Science (622)   
NOTE: Students with a Political Science major or minor should not complete the Political Science 110 or 170 requirement with the on-line courses.

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take these Courses   
REL 121, 122
 
       OR
          Take these Courses   
          REL 121H, 122H
 
                 OR
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

AND
(Scripture Based Courses)
Take 6 Credits   
REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
 
       OR
          Take 6 Credits   
          REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

AND
(Other Religion Courses)
Take 4 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

GE Requirements
I. Reading and Writing

   Take 1 Course
   ENG 111, 111C, 111H

AND
   Take 1 Course
   POLSC 300

II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 111, 112, 113, 214, 221, 306

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102, 150, 150H
       CS 100
       HS 131, 131W
       IS 140

              OR
                 Take this Course
                 PE 177

              AND
                 Take 1 Course
                 PE 100, 101, 102, 110, 115, 117, 118, 119, 121, 123, 124, 126, 127, 128, 131, 133, 134, 139, 140, 141, 144, 145, 147, 148, 160, 161, 162, 175, 178, 179, 195, 196

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       CHIN 347
       ENG 250, 250H, 251, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 351, 352, 353, 354, 362, 373, 373H
       FR 202
       GER 202
       HON 200, 220, 221H, 222
       LANG 202
       PH 314
       PHIL 110, 110H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H, 313, 313H, 314, 315, 315H
       RUSS 340, 340H
       SPAN 202, 302

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 100, 101, 105, 105H, 106, 106H
       GEOG 101, 101L
       GEOL 101, 102, 103, 103L, 104, 110, 110L, 111, 111L
       PH 101, 101L, 102, 105, 105L, 106, 106L, 115, 116, 121, 127, 127L, 150
       PH.S 100, 100L, 110

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       POLSC 110  

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       POLSC 110  

    Major Requirements

    (PolSc 498 must be taken for 3 credits)
       Take 18 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
       POLSC 150, 170, 280, 311, 497, 498

    AND
       Take 7 Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
       POLSC 314, 315, 320, 330, 350, 360, 372, 380, 390


  •  
    B.A.  in Political Science (623)   
    NOTE: Students with a Political Science major or minor should not complete the Political Science 110 or 170 requirement with the on-line courses.

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take these Courses   
    REL 121, 122
     
           OR
              Take these Courses   
              REL 121H, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    (Scripture Based Courses)
    Take 6 Credits   
    REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
     
           OR
              Take 6 Credits   
              REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

    AND
    (Other Religion Courses)
    Take 4 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    GE Requirements
    I. Reading and Writing

       Take 1 Course
       ENG 111, 111C, 111H

    AND
       Take 1 Course
       POLSC 300

    II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 111, 112, 113, 214, 221, 306

    III. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       ART 101, 160, 201, 202
       HFED 140
       HORT 230
       HUM 101, 101H, 201, 201H, 202, 202H
       MUSIC 100, 101
       TA 115, 117

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    IV. Biological Science and Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

              OR
                 Take 4 Credits
                 CHEM 100, 101, 105, 105H, 106, 106H
                 GEOG 101, 101L
                 GEOL 101, 102, 103, 103L, 104, 110, 110L, 111, 111L
                 PH 101, 102, 105, 116, 121, 127, 150
                 PH.S 100, 100L, 110

    V. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       POLSC 110  

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       POLSC 110  

    VII. Foreign Language
    Take 8 credits of language study and 3 credits of literature all in the same language.

       Take 11 Credits
       CHIN 101, 101H, 102, 201, 347
       FR 102, 201, 202
       GER 102, 201, 202
       RUSS 101, 101H, 102, 201, 340, 340H
       SPAN 102, 201, 201M, 202, 302

    Major Requirements

    (PolSc 498 must be taken for 3 credits)
       Take 18 Credits   Minimum Grade: C-
       POLSC 150, 170, 280, 311, 497, 498

    AND
       Take 7 Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
       POLSC 314, 315, 320, 330, 350, 360, 372, 380, 390



  • Minor in  Political Science (126)   

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    POLSC 110, 150, 170, 300

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
    POLSC 280, 370

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
    HIST 380
    POLSC 311, 314, 315, 320, 330

    AND

    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
    GEOG 350
    HIST 310, 325, 330, 335, 340, 370
    INTST 345, 348, 349, 350



    Minor in  American Government Education (128)   
    For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
    The American Government Education Minor exceeds the 20-credit hour limit.
    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
    HIST 380
    POLSC 110, 150, 311

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
    AMHER 170, 170H

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
    HIST 360, 363, 370, 372, 376, 378

    AND

    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
    POLSC 314, 315, 320
     
    Course Descriptions

    POLSC 110 American Government (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE American Institutions requirement.
    English background of American institutions, colonial systems of government, the Constitution, the evolution and adoption of government to the changing role of the United States as an industrialized member of the world of nations and the changing federal/state relations.
    (Every semester)
     
    POLSC 150 Foreign Government (3:3:0)
    Major types of government in present use: historical development, organization, and operation.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    POLSC 170 International Politics (3:3:0)
    Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
    Basic forces, practices, and institutions used by nations in their foreign relations.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    POLSC 280 Introduction to Law (3:3:0)
    An introduction to the study and practice of law. A "non-glamour" oriented approach to the reality of the law profession.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    POLSC 311 State and Local Government (3:3:0)
    A study of state and local political systems and their relationship to the federal sysem.
    (Winter, Summer, Fall)
     
    POLSC 314 The Executive Branch (3:3:0)
    A detailed study of the executive branch of government at the national and state levels focusing particularly on the powers of the American presidency.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    POLSC 315 The Legislative Branch (3:3:0)
    A detailed study of the powers, structure, organization, and procedures of the U. S. Congress and state legislatures, incuding relations with pressure groups and with the other branches of government.
    (Fall, Summer)
     
    POLSC 320 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3:3:0)
    Functions and roles of American political parties and interest groups: public, elections, policy.
    (Summer, Winter)
     
    POLSC 330 Introduction to Public Administration (3:3:0)
    Introduction to administrative procedures and policy-making in government agencies. A socio psychological approach to the study of organizations. Some study of theory and policy assessment and the nature of bureaucracy.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    POLSC 350 Ancient Political Theory (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Completion of American Government and Modern Comparative Governments with a C- or higher grade.
    Political thought from Greek antiquity through the Renaissance, primarily from perspective of political philosophy and scriptures.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    POLSC 360 Modern Political Theory (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Completion of american Government and Modern Comparative Governments with a C- or higher grade.
    Western political thought from Renaissance to present, including American political philosophers. This course surveys contemporary political theory, including the revival of liberal-egalitiarian moral theory.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    POLSC 372 Advanced Theory of International Relations (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Completion of International Politics, Political Inquiry, and Modern Comparative Governments with a C- or higher.
    Most influential traditions of thought in international relations; includes realism, idealism, Marxism, neorealist, complex interdependence, etc.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    POLSC 380 US Constitutional History and Law (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have AmHer 170, Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
    Foundations of constitutionalism, the development of the federal system, the principles of judicial review, nationalism and sectionalism, commerce, due process, equal protection and civil rights.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    POLSC 390 American Foreign Policy (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Completion of International Politics, Political Inquiry, and Modern Comparative Governments with a C- or higher.
    The history of American foreign policy from the colonial period to the end of the 19th century, and foreign policy issues in and beyond the 20th century with emphasis given to how people, events, and politics helps shape foreign policy.
    (Fall, Summer)
     
    POLSC 497 Capstone Seminar in Politics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: For Political Science majors only. Completion of all required courses.
    Seminar in political theory for students in their senior year devoted to current political science topics as determined by instructor.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    POLSC 498 Internship (1-6:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Acceptance into an internship program, completion of required classes, and 60 credit hours.
    An internship is a cooperative program between the BYU-Idaho Department of History, Geography, and Political Science and an approved organization. Professional internships correlate actual work experience with coursework; provide students with knowledge of career opportunities, and give students work experience in preparation for employment after graduation. Ideas for internships are developed by the student in consultation with the department internship coordinator.