The Department’s Environmental Politics and Policy concentration is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills to analyze the connections between politics and the natural world and pursue careers in environmental politics and policy-making. Graduates may work as policy analysts, advocates, planners, educators or decision-makers in government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses and consulting firms at the local, state, national and international levels. Students will learn about how political forces contribute to environmental degradation, the process for developing environmental policies, strategies to assess the strengths and weaknesses of different policy approaches, and how political forces can be harnessed to develop effective responses to problems such as climate change, water and air pollution, food security, and energy provision. Students will explore these issues from both domestic and global perspectives. Environmental Politics and Policy students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship to gain practical experience working in the field.

Effective Fall 2016

Political science majors must achieve a minimum grade of C- (1.670) in each of the political science (POLS) courses counted toward meeting the requirement of the major.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
POLS 101American Government and Politics (GT-SS1)3C3
POLS 103State and Local Government and Politics (GT-SS1)3C3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Historical Perspectives3D3
Mathematics1B3
Electives 5
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Specialized Professional Writing2 
POLS 232International Relations (GT-SS1)3E3
POLS 241Comparative Government and Politics (GT-SS1)3E3
Tier Four: Select one from the following:1,2 3
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy  
Global Environmental Politics  
U.S. Energy Policy Analysis  
POLS 3** Tier Three (300-level courses only; see list below)2,3 0-3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Support Option (See list below) 3-6
Electives 12
 Total Credits 30-33
Junior
 
Tier Two: Select one from the following: 3
History of Political Thought4A,4B 
Contemporary Political Theories4A,4B 
Democratic Theory4A,4B 
American Political Theories4A,4B 
POLS *** Tier Three (courses not taken previously; see list below)2 3-6
POLS *** Tier Four (courses not taken previously; see list below)1,2 3-6
Support Option (See list below) 6-12
Electives4 3-12
 Total Credits 27-30
Senior
 
POLS *** Tier Four (courses not taken previously; see list below)1,2 3-6
POLS 492 (Tier Five)5Capstone Seminar4A,4B,4C3
Support Option (See list below) 6-12
Electives4 3-12
 Total Credits 27-30
 Program Total Credits: 120

Environmental Politics and Policy Concentration Tier Requirements

Code Title AUCC Credits
TIER ONE COURSES
12 credits, four courses taken in the freshman and sophomore years as shown above
POLS 101 American Government and Politics (GT-SS1) 3C 3
POLS 103 State and Local Government and Politics (GT-SS1) 3C 3
POLS 232 International Relations (GT-SS1) 3E 3
POLS 241 Comparative Government and Politics (GT-SS1) 3E 3
TIER TWO COURSES
3 credits, one course taken in the junior year, as shown above
POLS 420 History of Political Thought 4A,4B 3
POLS 421 Contemporary Political Theories 4A,4B 3
POLS 422 Democratic Theory 4A,4B 3
POLS 423 American Political Theories 4A,4B 3
TIER THREE COURSES
Select 6 unique credits, two courses, one each from among two different subfields of the three subfields below, taken in the sophomore, junior and/or senior years 2,3
American Politics and Law
POLS 302 U.S. Political Parties and Elections 4A,4B 3
POLS 303 Politics of Organized Interests 4A,4B 3
POLS 304 Legislative Politics 3
POLS 305 Judicial Politics 3
POLS 306 Executive Politics 3
POLS 309 Urban Politics 3
POLS 405 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics 4A,4B 3
POLS 409 Urban and Regional Politics 3
POLS 410 American Constitutional Law 3
POLS 413 U.S. Civil Rights and Liberties 3
International Relations
POLS 331 Politics and Society Along Mexican Border 3
POLS 332/ECON 332 International Political Economy 3
POLS 362 Global Environmental Politics 3
POLS 431 International Law 3
POLS 433 International Organization 3
POLS 435 United States Foreign Policy 3
POLS 436 Comparative Foreign Policy 3
POLS 437 International Security 3
Comparative Politics
POLS 341 Western European Government and Politics 3
POLS 345 Russian, Central, and East European Politics 3
POLS 442 Environmental Politics in Developing World 3
POLS 443 Comparative Social Movements 3
POLS 444 Comparative African Politics 3
POLS 445 Comparative Asian Politics 3
POLS 446 Politics of South America 3
POLS 447 Politics in Mexico, Central America, Caribbean 3
POLS 448 Comparative Racial/Ethnic Politics 4A,4B 3
POLS 449 Middle East Politics 4A,4B 3
TIER FOUR COURSES
Select 12 unique credits, four courses taken in the sophomore, junior and/or senior years 1,2
POLS 361 U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy 3
POLS 362 Global Environmental Politics 3
POLS 364 U.S. Energy Policy Analysis 3
POLS 442 Environmental Politics in Developing World 3
POLS 459 Program Evaluation for Public Administrators 3
POLS 460 Public Policy Process 3
POLS 462 Globalization, Sustainability, and Justice 3
POLS 463 Urban Policy and Management 3
POLS 465 Public Policy Analysis 3
POLS 486A Practicum: Legislative Politics 6 6
POLS 486B Practicum: Government 6 1-6
One of the following courses may be substituted for 3 credits of the 12 required for Tier Four:
AREC 340/ECON 340 Introduction: Economics of Natural Resources 3
HIST 351 American West to 1900 3
HIST 352 American West Since 1900 3
HIST 355 American Environmental History 3
HIST 470 World Environmental History, 1500-Present 3
HIST 476 History of America's National Parks 3
SOC 320 Population-Natural Resources and Environment 3
SOC 321 Soil, Environment, and Society 3
SOC 322 Introduction to Environmental Justice 3
SOC 364 Agriculture and Global Society 3
SOC 460 Society and Environment 3
SOC 463 Sociology of Disaster 3
TIER FIVE COURSE
3 credits, one course taken in the senior year
POLS 492 Capstone Seminar 5 4A,4B,4C 3

Support Option

Political Science majors must complete one of the following five Support Options.

Minor or Interdisciplinary Minor Support Option

Select a minor or interdisciplinary minor in consultation with advisor.21-24

Student-Selected Course Group Support Option

A program of courses proposed by student and approved by advisor containing a minimum of 21 credits, of which at least 12 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).21

 Second Major Support Option

Select a second major in consultation with advisor. This option may require as much as 36 credits. Credit range shown is approximate, and may require more or less, depending on the second major chosen.27-36

Foreign Language Support Option

A minimum of 5 courses totaling at least 15 credits in a single foreign language, including at least 2 courses of language instruction or in the language at the upper-division level.15-22

Methods Support Option

Methods Support Option21
POLS 320Empirical Political Analysis3
STAT 301Introduction to Statistical Methods3
Select two from the following:6
History and Philosophy of Scientific Thought (GT-AH3)
Philosophy of Behavioral Sciences
Logic and Scientific Method
Select one from the following:3
Sampling Techniques
Multiple Regression Analysis
Design of Experiments
Select two from the following:6
Method in Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Econometrics
Quantitative Sociological Analysis
Methods of Sociological Inquiry
1

Select a minimum of 12 upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits to fulfill Tier Four. Sophomores may take only 300-level courses from this section. Students may substitute a maximum of 3 credits in one of two ways: 1. from non-POLS specified courses shown above in the program; 2. by petitioning the advisor to include a non-POLS upper-division course when at least fifty percent (50%) of the course material and grading are related to environmental politics and policy. A course syllabus will be required for this option.

2

Courses selected to fulfill Tier Three requirements may not also fulfill Tier Four requirements, and vice versa. 

3

Sophomores may take only 300-level Tier Three courses.

4

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

5

Students must complete one upper-division course in each of four of the five departmental subfields (American Politics, Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Public Policy and Administration) prior to taking POLS 492

6

A maximum of 3 credits of POLS 486A or POLS 486B may be used to fulfill Tier Four requirements, subject to department approval.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Grade of B and C or better in 2 POLS courses and at least a 2.000 CSU GPA. Upper-Division course in at least four subfields of Political Science required to register for POLS 492. 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
POLS 101American Government and Politics (GT-SS1) X3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Elective   2
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
POLS 103State and Local Government and Politics (GT-SS1) X3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
MathematicsX 1B3
Elective   3
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
POLS 232International Relations (GT-SS1) X3E3
POLS 241Comparative Government and Politics (GT-SS1)  3E3
Biological and Physical Sciences X3A3
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Tier Three (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   0-3
Elective   0-3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following: X 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
Specialized Professional Writing  2 
Tier Four: Select one course from the following:   3
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy    
Global Environmental Politics    
U.S. Energy Policy Analysis    
Electives   9-12
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Tier Four (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Tier Three (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Tier Two (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)  4A,4B3
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Electives   0-9
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Tier Four (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3-6
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3-6
ElectiveX  0-3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
POLS 492Capstone SeminarX 4A,4B,4C3
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  3-6
ElectivesX  3-9
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120