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Political Science

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Major in Political Science (B.A.)

The major in political science is offered with two emphases: liberal arts and law. The law emphasis provides a foundation in government and political systems, and addresses legal systems and dimensions of constitutional, public and criminal law. The liberal arts emphasis provides extensive study of American national, state, and local government, comparative and international politics, political theory, and political behavior. A special feature of political science at Highlands is found in its focus on Southwest and minority political studies.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Required courses: 12 credit hours
POLS 151 American National Government (3)
POLS 312 Political Parties & Behavior (3)
POLS 316 State & Local Government (3)
POLS 328 Comparative Political Systems (3)

Electives: 20 credit hours

Choose one course from the following:
POLS 410 American Constitution (3)
POLS 458 Political Theory & Philosophy (3)

Choose at least 17 additional credits from courses in political science (or history courses such as 315, 401, 403, 413, 414), in consultation with the major adviser. At least five of the credits must be from courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Major Total: 32 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Electives/Minor to 128: 45 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 128-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. English and math proficiency credit do not count toward the 128-credit requirement. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

Law Emphasis

Required courses: 26 credit hours
POLS 151 American National Government (3)
POLS 314 Introduction to the Law (3)
POLS 316 State & Local Government (3)
POLS 320 Criminal Law (3)
POLS 328 Comparative Political Systems (3)
POLS 410 American Constitution (3)
POLS 417 Legislative Process (3)
POLS 453 International Relations, Human Rights & Law (3)
POLS 497 LSAT Preparation & Legal Logic Class (2)

Electives: 6 credit hours

Choose at least six additional credits from political science courses (or from history courses cross-listed in political science), in consultation with the major adviser.

Major Total: 32 credit hours
Proficiency Total: 11 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor /Electives to 128: 45 credit hours
Total for degree: 128 credit hours*

Pre-Law Preparation for Students Planning to Attend Law School
Comprehensive advising is  available for students planning or considering the study and practice in law. Law or pre-law does not constitute a major; in fact, a wide variety of fields of study can be appropriate for the prospective lawyer. Many students select the major in political science, which offers a law emphasis; others select major and minor fields in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, mathematics or physical sciences.

Careful planning in appropriate fields of study, with special attention to a foundation of skills developed in classes with emphasis on written and oral communication, research, calculation, logical reasoning and critical thinking are strongly recommended for pre-law preparation. The pre-law adviser will help all students with their plans to gain an appropriate preparation for entering law school. This adviser is a source of much information about law schools and their requirements as well as the LSAT examination preparation, which is used to help law schools evaluate students’ qualifications for entrance. The pre-law adviser is George Lyon, Douglas Hall, Room 236.

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Minor in Political Science

Required courses: 6 credit hours
POLS 151 American National Government (3)
POLS 316 State & Local Government (3)

Electives: 14 credit hours

Choose one course from the following:
POLS 410 American Constitution (3)
POLS 458 Political Theory & Philosophy (3)

Choose at least 11 additional credits in courses from political science and allied subjects, selected in consultation with the minor adviser. At least four of these credits must be from 300- or 400-level courses.

Minor Total: 20 credit hours

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Minor in Social Studies, Secondary Teaching

Required courses: 3 credit hours
HIST301 Research Methods in History & Political Science (3)

Choose one of the following, including at least ten credits from courses at the 300 or 400 level:

  1. Complete at least 22 credits in courses from one of the course options listed above for the social studies major for teachers: either 1) United States history, 2) world history, or 3) political science/government.
  2. Complete at least 10 credits in courses from two of the course options listed above for the social studies major for teachers: 1) United States history, 2) world history, and 3) political science/government, together with additional courses to total at least 22 credits

Minor Total: 24 credit hours

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Minor in Native American/Hispano Cultural Studies (NAHCS)

Mission Statement
The mission of the proposed Native-American/Hispano Cultural Studies (NAHS) Minor Program is to facilitate and implement the interdisciplinary study of peoples, languages, cultures, traditions and practices of the Southwest with specific emphasis on Northern New Mexico communities. The program is strengthened by the adoption of a cultural studies approach, which enables students to investigate lived realities of which they themselves are a part and where their involvement may provide clarifying insights.

Required courses: 3 hours

NAHS 124 Introduction to Native American/Hispano Cultural Studies (3)

Capstone option: 3 hours required

NAHS 425 Native American /Hispanic Communication & Cultural Contexts (3)
HIST 453 History of the Southwest (3)

Thematic Area #1: Choose six hours from the following:

ANTH 413 Archaeology of the Southwest (3)
ANTH 424 Cultural Dynamics of the Southwest (3)
ANTH 456 US-Mexican Immigration (3)
ANTH 476 Indians of the Greater Southwest (3)
ANTH 477 Hispanics of the Southwest (3)
HIST 215 History of New Mexico (3)
HIST 453 History of the Southwest (3)
NAHS 375 Land Grant, Acequia & Reservation Communication (3)

Thematic Area #2: Choose six hours from the following:

SOC 493 Race & Ethnic Relations (3)
ENGL 424 Mestizaje: Creative & Critical Thought in the Southwest (3)
PHIL 318 Native American Philosophy (3)
HIST 160 Chicano History (3)
HIST 401 Chicano Experience (3)
HIST 403 Chicano Leadership (3)
POLS 217 Ethnic Politics (3)
NAHS 225 Ethnicity and Identity Formation (3)

Thematic Area #3: Choose six hours from the following: 

MUS 472 Chicano & Latino Music in the US (3)
ANTH 435 Ritual, Festival, and Celebration in the Southwest (3)
ENGL 315 Native American Women’s Literature (3)
ENGL 318 Chicano/a Literature (3)
ENGL 482 Literature of the Southwest (3)
HIST 161 Chicano History Since 1900 (3)
SPAN 470 Chicano Lit of the Southwest (3)
NAHS 325 Native American/Hispano Contexts for Language and Literacy (3)

Minor total:  24 credit hours

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