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POLS 493 Directed Readings

POLS 493.  Directed Readings.  1-3 Credits.   U   

Individual and supervised readings in selected areas of political science. Course is repeatable for different areas; however, only 3 hours of directed readings can be applied to the major. Prerequisite: Junior level and consent of department.

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Political Science

Because political science advances our understanding of politics, power, governance, and public policy in the United States and across the globe.  In the broadest sense, political science is the study of governments and governmental procedures.  Political Science is as old as civilization, because people always have been interested in their government and in their leaders.  But political science as it is thought today, as one of the social sciences, is a comparatively new discipline.  It developed in the United States during the last century as political scientists developed an ability to make increasingly scientific observations of government.  Political scientists are concerned with origins and sources of governmental organizations, their growth, and their decline, as well as with the processes and structure of government.  Ask yourself, Am I interested in public affairs?  Am I a good analytical and critical thinker?  Am I curious about the world and it's workings?  Do I communicate well orally and in writing?  Do I want to be a knowledgeable citizen?  Am I interested in the relationship between government and the people?  Am I curious about how decisions and made and how conflicts are resolved?  

Minor in Public Policy in the United States

Students majoring in various social science disciplines are encouraged to minor in Public Policy.  Students earning a BA or BGS can obtain a minor; the minor consists of 18 credit hours.

BGS in Political Science

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in Political Science. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website .

BA in Political Science

...POLS 493 , POLS 494 , POLS 495 , POLS 496 , POLS 497 , or POLS 498 . 4 POLS...

Bachelor of Arts in Slavic, German, and Eurasian Studies

...Option: POLS 306 Political Science Methods of Inquiry POLS 493 Directed Readings or POLS 498...