The Department’s U.S. Government, Law, and Policy concentration is designed to prepare students to become future leaders in the public sector. The skills gained in this concentration help prepare students for a variety of careers (for example, government agencies, nonprofits, community organizations, lobbying firms, elected office, political communication, research and policy analysts) as well as prepare students for law and graduate schools. Resources for careers include the American Political Science Association and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. The courses in this concentration educate students about the political processes and the legal environment of all levels of American government as well as the processes of policymaking and the administrative apparatus used to implement public policy. Students will also be exposed to a variety of substantive policy issues including urban policy, energy policy, and environmental policy in the United States. U.S. Government, Law, and Public Policy students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in one of the many organizations in the broader community. Past students have completed internships with a variety of law firms, the Cities of Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland, and Westminster, the Colorado General Assembly, and Woodward Governor among others. Students in this concentration are also encouraged to participate in the Legislative Internship Program during their junior or senior years.

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 course from the following (see list below)1,2 3
U.S. Political Parties and Elections4A,4B 
Politics of Organized Interests4A,4B 
Legislative Politics  
Judicial Politics  
Executive Politics  
Urban Politics  
Public Administration  
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy  
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 course 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 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

U.S. Government, Law, 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, one course from each of the two different subfields below, taken in the sophomore, junior and/or senior years 2,3
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, with at least one course from each of the first two subfields below, taken in the sophomore, junior and/or senior years 1,2
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
Public Policy and Administration
POLS 351 Public Administration 3
POLS 361 U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy 3
POLS 364 U.S. Energy Policy Analysis 3
POLS 451 Public Policy Design and Governance 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
Practicum
POLS 486A Practicum: Legislative Politics 6 6
POLS 486B Practicum: Government 6 1-6
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 Option 21
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.

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 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 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
POLS 232International Relations (GT-SS1) X3E3
Biological and Physical Sciences X3A3
POLS 3** Tier Three (See Department list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   0-3
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15-18
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3) X2 
Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3) X2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3) X2 
Specialized Professional Writing X2 
POLS 241Comparative Government and Politics (GT-SS1)  3E3
Select one course from the following:   3
U.S. Political Parties and Elections  4A,4B 
Politics of Organized Interests  4A,4B 
Legislative Politics    
Judicial Politics    
Executive Politics    
Urban Politics    
Public Administration    
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy    
U.S. Energy Policy Analysis    
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
POLS*** Tier Three (See Department list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
POLS*** Tier Four (See Department list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Elective   0-3
 Total Credits   12-15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
History of Political Thought  4A,4B 
Contemporary Political Theories  4A,4B 
Democratic Theory  4A,4B 
American Political Theories  4A,4B 
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Electives   3-9
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
POLS*** Tier Four (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Support Option (See option list on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-6
Elective   0-3
 Total Credits   12-15
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