Emphasis Areas in Political Science

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Students may, if they wish, complete one or two emphasis areas while fulfilling the requirements for the B.A. or B.S. political science degree. The specific area requirements may assist you in finding courses of interest to you in pursuing your degree track.

How to apply

Complete the appropriate emphasis area application and submit the completed form to 341 SH or email a saved .pdf copy to polisci@uiowa.edu.

Fall 2016 and After Emphasis Area Application
For students who completed an emphasis area in the 2016 and After program.

Pre-Fall 2016 Emphasis Area Application
For students who completed an emphasis area in the pre-fall 2016 program.

Application process

Applications can be submitted early, but must be received at least one month in advance of your anticipated graduation date. The department will then verify the information provided after final semester grades are posted. Your request will be submitted to the Registrar for the area(s) selected for recognition on your final transcript.  You may contact the department if you need to make adjustments or add to an existing application.

Details: An emphasis area consists of four political science courses chosen from the approved lists noted below. The exception is American Political Practice which requires four courses (12 hours) plus at least three semester hours of government or campaign internship work (see below). Though some courses appear on more than one list, students may not count a course toward more than one emphasis area. Courses approved as repeatable may be taken more than once for credit and may be applied to an emphasis area more than once. POLI:4600 Honors Research Project, POLI:4601 Honors Senior Thesis, and POLI:4700 Independent Study may be applied toward an emphasis area, with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

*Students who complete an emphasis area and request recognition from the Department of Political Science will have this noted on their final transcript.(The notation will appear as follows on the transcript: Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree / Conferred (date) / Major-Political Science / Emphasis in — emphasis area is listed. This emphasis area will not be printed on your diploma.)

*Please note that effective fall 2016 the political science emphasis areas have changed. Students who entered the political science major prior to Fall 2016 may choose from the pre-fall 2016 emphasis areas or the fall 2016+ emphasis areas. All other students may select only from the fall 2016+ emphasis areas.

Political science majors may complete up to two emphasis areas. Some courses are approved for more than one area, but each individual course may only count toward one.


Fall 2016 and After Emphasis Areas

American Institutions, Fall 2016+

Course Number Course Name
POLI:3100  American State Politics
POLI:3101 American Constitutional Law and Politics
POLI:3102 The U.S. Congress
POLI:3108 American Political Development 
POLI:3109 Fixing America's Electoral System
POLI:3110 Local Politics
POLI:3111 American Public Policy
POLI:3113 Research in Judicial Politics
POLI:3116 The Presidency
POLI:3117 Public Admin & Bureaucratic Politics
POLI:3118 Interest Groups
POLI:3120 The Criminal Justice System
POLI:3121 The Judicial Process
POLI:3123 State Politics in Iowa
POLI:3126 Environmental Policy
POLI:3127 Legislative Policy Seminar 
POLI:3150 Problems in American Politics, when topic relevant
POLI:3201 Political Campaigning
POLI:4100 Honors Seminar on American Politics

Political Behavior, Fall 2016+

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1200 Introduction to Political Behavior
POLI:3001 Hawkeye Poll
POLI:3104 Immigration Politics
POLI:3106 Racism and Politics in the U.S.
POLI:3109 Fixing America's Electoral System
POLI:3111 American Public Policy
POLI:3114 Women and Politics in the United States
POLI:3117 Public Admin & Bureaucratic Politics
POLI:3118 Interest Groups
POLI:3121 The Judicial Process
POLI:3122 Public Choice
POLI:3201 Political Campaigning
POLI:3202 Political Psychology
POLI:3203 Campaigns, Elections, Voting Behavior
POLI:3204 Public Opinion
POLI:3519 Politics of Aging

Political Communication, Fall 2016+

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1200 Introduction to Political Behavior
POLI:1600 Introduction to Political Communication
POLI:1601 Intro to Social Media and Politics
POLI:3201 Political Campaigning
POLI:3202 Political Psychology
POLI:3203 Campaigns, Elections, and Voting Behavior
POLI:3204 Public Opinion
POLI:3515 Global Communication and Politics
POLI:3600 Multimedia Politics
POLI:3601 Politics of Film
POLI:3602 New Media and Politics
POLI:3603 War and Film
POLI:3604 New Media and Public Opinion

Identity Politics, Fall 2016+

Course Number Course Name
POLI:2107 Black Literature and Politics
POLI:3104 Immigration Politics
POLI:3106 Racism and Politics in the U.S.
POLI:3114 Women and Politics in the United States
POLI:3507 Women and Politics in Global Perspective

Political Theory, Fall 2016+

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1300 Intro to Political Thought and Action
POLI:3300 Postmodern Political Theory
POLI:3302 Current Political Theory
POLI:3303 Political Issues
POLI:3305 Modern Political Theory
POLI:3306 Problems of Democracy
POLI:3517 Global Justice
POLI:4300 Honors Seminar on Political Theory

Politics of Foreign Countries, Fall 2016+

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLI:1401 Intro to Politics of Russia and Eurasia
POLI:1403 Introduction to Politics in Muslim World
POLI:1410 Introduction to Asian International Relations
POLI:1445 Intro To Asian Politics: China
POLI:2415 Latin American Politics
POLI:2416 Revolutions and Political Violence
POLI:2417 Comparative Environmental Policy
POLI:3401 European Union
POLI:3403 Parties and Elections Around the World
POLI:3405 Authoritarian Politics
POLI:3408 Government and Politics of China
POLI:3410 Russian Foreign Policy
POLI:3411 Democracy: Global Trends and Struggles
POLI:3413 Russian Politics
POLI:3418 Governance in the Middle East
POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World
POLI:3420 Southeast Asia: Politics and Development 
POLI:3421 The Politics of Southern Africa
POLI:3422 Transnational Issues & Horn of Africa
POLI:3423 The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy
POLI:3450 Problems in Comparative Politics
POLI:4050 Two Koreas: Pol Econ or Regional Rivalry
POLI:4400 Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics

International Relations, Fall 2016+

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1410 Introduction to Asian International Relations
POLI:1500 Introduction to International Relations
POLI:1501 Introduction to American Foreign Policy
POLI:3410 Russian Foreign Policy
POLI:3422 Transnational Issues & Horn of Africa
POLI:3423 The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy
POLI:3500 American Foreign Policies
POLI:3501 International Organization & World Order
POLI:3524 Politics and Multinational Enterprise
POLI:3503 Politics of Terrorism
POLI:3504 Globalization
POLI:3505 Causes/Consequences/Management Civil War
POLI:3506 Consequences of War
POLI:3507 Women and Politics in Global Perspective
POLI:3509 Int'l Courts Intersection Law & Politics
POLI:3511 International Law
POLI:3512 International Conflict
POLI:3513 Politics International Human Rights Law
POLI:3514 Regional Peace and Security
POLI:3516 The Politics of International Economics
POLI:3517 Global Justice
POLI:3518 Water Wars: Conflict and Cooperation
POLI:3520 National Security Policy
POLI:3521 21st Century Technology and Warfare
POLI:3522 Ending Wars and Keeping Peace
POLI:3524 Politics and Multinational Enterprises
POLI:3550 Problems of International Politics
POLI:3603 War and Film
POLI:4500 Honors Seminar on International Politics

For the emphasis area in American Political Practice, students also must complete at least 3 s.h. of government or campaign internship work. These hours must be taken from POLI:4900 Government Internship or other appropriate course numbers [e.g., POLI:4600, POLI:4700 or POLI:4701].

NOTE: Credits taken under POLI:4900 are graded on a S/F basis and do not count toward the credits for the political science major requirements, but do count in the 56 s.h. limit from any one department.

Pre-Fall 2016 Emphasis Areas

Political Theory (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1300 Introduction to Political Thought and Action
POLI:3300 Postmodern Political Theory
POLI:3302 Current Political Theory
POLI:3303 Political Issues
POLI:3305

Modern Political Theory

POLI:3306 Problems of Democracy
POLI:4300 Honors Seminar on Political Theory

Politics of Developing Areas (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1403 Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World
POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLI:2415 Latin American Politics
POLI:3408 Chinese Politics and Society
POLI:3410 Russian Foreign Policy
POLI:3418 Governance in the Middle East
POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World
POLI:3420 Southeast Asia:  Democracy, Identity & Development
POLI:3421 Southern Africa Development & Governance
POLI:3422 Transnational Issues & Horn of Africa
POLI:3423 The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy
POLI:3450 Problems in Comparative Politics
POLI:3514 Regional Peace & Security
POLI:4400 Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics

American Institutions (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:3100 American State Politics
POLI:3102 The U.S. Congress
POLI:3108 American Political Development
POLI:3109 Fixing America’s Electoral System
POLI:3110 Local Politics
POLI:3116 The Presidency
POLI:3117 Administrative Politics and Policy
POLI:3118 Interest Groups
POLI:3121 The Judicial Process
POLI:3150 Problems in American Politics
POLI:3201 Political Campaigning
POLI:4100 Honors Seminar on American Politics

International Relations (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1410 Introduction to Asian International Relations 
POLI:1500 Introduction to International Relations
POLI:1501 Introduction to American Foreign Policy
POLI:3410 Russian Foreign Policy
POLI:3500 American Foreign Policies
POLI:3501 International Organization & World Order
POLI:3502 Politics & Multinational Enterprise
POLI:3503 Politics of Terrorism
POLI:3504 Globalization
POLI:3505 Cause, Consequences, Management Civil War
POLI:3506 Consequences of War
POLI:3507 Women & Politics in Global Perspective
POLI:3509 International Courts: The Intersection of Law & Politics
POLI:3511 International Law
POLI:3512 International Conflict
POLI:3513 Politics of International Human Rights Law
POLI:3514 Regional Peace and Security
POLI:3516 The Politics of International Economics
POLI:3518 Water Wars: Conflict and Cooperation
POLI:3520 National Security Policy
POLI:3524 Politics and Multinational Enterprises
POLI:3550 Problems of International Politics
POLI:4500 Honors Seminar on International Politics

Law and Politics (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:3101 American Constitutional Law and Politics
POLI:3102 The U.S. Congress
POLI:3113 Research in Judicial Politics
POLI:3120 The Criminal Justice System
POLI:3121 The Judicial Process
POLI:3509 International Courts: The Intersection of Law & Politics
POLI:3511 International Law
POLI:3513 Politics of International Human Rights Law

Identity Politics (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:3104 Immigration Politics
POLI:3106 Racism & Politics in the U.S.
POLI:3114 Women & Politics in the United States
POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World
POLI:3507 Women and Politics in Global Perspective

Political Communication (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1600 Introduction to Political Communication
POLI:1601 Intro to Social Media and Politics
POLI:3202 Political Psychology
POLI:3204 Public Opinion
POLI:3515 Global Communication & Politics
POLI:3600 Multimedia Politics
POLI:3601 Politics of Film
POLI:3602 New Media & Politics
POLI:3603 War and Film

Political Processes (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1200 Introduction to Political Behavior
POLI:3102 The U.S. Congress
POLI:3104 Immigration Politics
POLI:3106 Racism & Politics in the U.S
POLI:3109 Fixing America’s Electoral System
POLI:3111 American Public Policy
POLI:3114 Women & Politics in the United States
POLI:3121 The Judicial Process
POLI:3202 Political Psychology
POLI:3203 Campaigns, Elections, and Voting Behavior
POLI:3204 Public Opinion
POLI:3418 Governance in the Middle East
POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World
POLI:4100 Honors Seminar on American Politics

Political Economy (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:3122 Public Choice
POLI:3400 Introduction in Political Economy
POLI:3504 Globalization
POLI:3516 The Politics of International Economics
POLI:3700 Strategy in Politics

Politics of Industrial Democracies (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLI:3102 The U.S. Congress
POLI:3401 European Union
POLI:3403 Parties & Elections Around the World
POLI:3412 Government and Politics of Europe
POLI:3450 Problems in Comparative Politics
POLI:4400 Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics

Politics of Democratization (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLI:1401 Introduction to the Politics of Russia & Eurasia
POLI:1403 Introduction to Politics of the Muslim World
POLI:2415 Latin American Politics
POLI:3401 European Union
POLI:3405 Authoritarian Politics
POLI:3413 Russian Politics
POLI:3419 War in the Muslim World
POLI:3420 Southeast Asia: Democracy, Identity & Development
POLI:3450 Problems in Comparative Politics
POLI:4400 Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics

American Political Practice (Pre-Fall 2016)

Course Number Course Name
POLI:1600 Introduction to Political Communication
POLI:3000 Understanding Political Research
POLI:3109 Fixing America's Electoral System
POLI:3110 Local Politics
POLI:3117 Administrative Politics and Policies
POLI:3118 Interest Groups
POLI:3122 Public Choice
POLI:3201 Political Campaigning
POLI:3204 Public Opinion
POLI:3417 Political Leadership
POLI:3600 Multimedia Politics