The Major

To graduate with a degree in political science major, you must earn 36 hours of academic credit in designated political science courses and complete all core curriculum courses required by UAB's College of Arts and Sciences. You must specialize in one of two subfields within political science, American Politics/Political Theory or Comparative Politics/International Relations.

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. The major requirements consist of 18 credit hours of required courses, 9 hours from one of the two subfields (American Politics/Political Theory or Comparative Politics/International Relations), and 9 hours of general elective courses in political science.

All political science majors must take:


This course will cover basic information about American government and how it works. It is designed to give you a broad familiarity with a variety of institutions and process in American government. Each section provides you with an introduction to that area of the political process and should provide a foundation for future study of the topic. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course. 3 hours.

Compares the political cultures and institutions of various political systems around the world. Special emphasis upon the Communist and post-Communist states, religiously-based states, and countries in transition to democracy. 3 hours.

The introductory course in international relations is designed to be a survey of the problems and practice of global cooperation and conflict. Quantitative Literacy and Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course. 3 hours.

This course surveys the intellectual origins and historical development of political theory from the ancient Athenian experiment in direct democracy to the contemporary American challenge of diversity in a representative government. We will explore citizenship as a philosophical conversation about rights and duties, equality and liberty, and the ethical responsibility of the individual to the community. This course is specifically designed to meet the requirements for Writing and Ethics and Civic Responsibility learning outcomes. 3 hours.

This course covers strategies to develop and answer research questions in Political Science, with emphasis on research design, data generation techniques, and descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. 3 hours.

Course Catalog

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for political science majors are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

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All the information you need to apply can be found on UAB's Undergraduate Admissions Hub.