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Arkansas Tech University         2002-2003 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Dr. Micheal Tarver, Head
Witherspoon Hall, Room 255
(479) 9680265
Micheal.Tarver@mail.atu.edu

Professors:
Busch, Duncan, Rogers
Associate Professors:
DeBlack, Jenkins, Krueger,
Link, J. Mitchell, Tarver
Assistant Professors:
Canerday, Dykema, Moses, Woods, Roberts

History and Political Science

The baccalaureate degree in history and political science is excellent preparation for careers in government and education, for further study in graduate school or law school, and for careers in the private sector of the economy. For personal and career flexibility, students can design their degree requirements by selecting courses in American history, European history, or political science. Students may also elect to work toward a social studies secondary teaching licensure.

The history and political science degree requires thirty semester hours in history and political science courses in addition to the required General Education courses. In the General Education requirements, majors are required to take the two-course sequence in World Civilization (HIST 1503, 1513), and the two-course sequence in American history survey (HIST2003, 2013). The thirty semester hours required for the history and political science degree include POLS 2003 (American Government), three additional hours of political science, and HIST 4963 (Research in History) or POLS 4963 (Research in Political Science). Twenty-one of the required thirty semester hours must be on the 3000-4000 level.

Students must complete 124 hours for graduation with a degree in history and political science.

For the curriculum in social sciences for teacher licensure, see "Curriculum in Secondary Education" on page119.
Curriculum in History and Political Science

Freshman Year

Hours

English Composition I, II (ENGL 1013, 1023)1

6

World Civilization I, II (HIST 1503, 1513)

6

Science (BIOL 1014, PHSC 1013, 1021)1

8

Algebra for General Education (MATH 1103 or 1113)1

3

Physical Activity1

2

Electives

6

Total

31

Sophomore Year

U.S. History to 1865 (HIST 2003)

3

U.S. History since 1865 (HIST 2013)

3

American Government (POLS 2003)

3

Sources and Methods in History (HIST 2513)

3

Electives

18

Total

30

Junior Year

Humanities (PHIL 2003)1

3

Fine Arts1

3

History/Political Science Electives

3

History or Political Science Electives (3000-4000 level)

9

Electives (must be 3000-4000 level)2

12

Total

30

Senior Year

Research in History (HIST 4963) or Research in Political Science (POLS 4963)

3

History and/or Political Science Electives (30004000 level)

9

Electives (12 hours must be 3000-4000 level)2

21

Total

33

1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements" on page82.

2At least 40 of the total hours required for graduation must be 3000 - 4000 level courses.

PreLaw

Accredited law schools have not, in general, adopted specific requirements for pre-law courses. However, in most cases, courses of value to those planning the study of law include: history, economics, political science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, English composition, and literature, as well as courses in the natural sciences, mathematics, and accounting. A broad cultural background is of prime importance. Rather than attempt to prescribe the specific contents of courses to be taken by pre-law students, Arkansas Tech University considers the individual intellectual interests of students of prime importance, encouraging development of the ability to read and comprehend accurately, rapidly, and thoroughly; to think logically; to analyze and weigh situations and materials; to speak and write clearly; and to develop a critical approach and mature study habits.

In addition to (or included within) the other general education and major requirements for a bachelor's degree, the department highly recommends that courses from the following list be included in programs of students interested in attending law school.

POLS 2003 American Government

POLS 4043 American Constitutional Law to 1941

POLS 3023 Judicial Process

SOC 3043 Crime and Delinquency

CJ 4053 Criminal Law and the Constitution

CJ 4023 Law and the Legal System

BUAD 2033 Legal Environment in Business

BUAD 2073 Principles of Real Estate

ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I

ECON 2013 Principles of Economics II

ENGL 3043 Advanced Composition

PHIL 3103 Logic

SPH 2003 Public Speaking

SPH 2013 Voice and Diction

SPH 2111-2121 Debate Practicum

SPH 4153 Persuasive Theory and Audience Analysis

ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles I

ACCT 2013 Accounting Principles II

JOUR 4123 Laws of Communication

PSY 2003 General Psychology

POLS 4063 American Constitutional Law 1941 - present: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights



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