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Studying Politics at Regis

The politics program at Regis assumes that rigorous education is an end as well as a means to practical skills useful through-out life. The program focuses on the skills and understandings that are often manifested in leadership abilities, and are reflected in a number of graduates in government, education, the legal profession, and business professions.
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B.A. in Politics

Degree Overview

The study of politics is not a career training program. Like the other Liberal Arts, it assumes that rigorous education is an end as well as a means to practical skills useful through-out life. The questions that the study of Politics asks and the analytical qualities that it develops and nurtures are needed in any society. Such skills and understanding are often manifested in leadership abilities, and are reflected in the number of Politics graduates in government, education, the legal profession, and business.

The study of politics has value in several ways:

  • First, it develops and nurtures abilities to think and read critically, develop reasoning and analytical skills, and competence in oral and written communication.
  • Second, all citizens of a Democracy have a responsibility to understand politics and the political system in which they live as well as those around them. Knowledge of why and how influence is exercised, and how to be involved as a participant, is useful to students regardless of their ultimate career.
  • Third, knowledge of politics is critical to many careers which must interact with politics and government. In particular, those anticipating careers in law, government, teaching, the civil service, law enforcement, journalism, interest groups, and the media have found such preparation especially useful to their careers.

Program Requirements

Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:

  • Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
  • Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
  • Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year

More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.A. in Politics. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Lower Division Requirements  (15 credit hours)
POL 200 Sustainability and Collapse (3 ch)
POL 201 Origins and Challenges of the Modern World (3 ch)
POL 231 Introduction to International Relations (3 ch)
POL 241 Introduction to Comparative Politics and Government (3 ch)
POL 281 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3 ch)
Upper Division Requirements  (24 credit hours)
POL 499 Integrated Capstone (3 ch)
An Upper Division History Course 3 credit hours
Plus 18 upper division semester hours of Politics courses, which must include a minimum of one, three semester hour course, selected from each of the following four areas:
United States
POL 413 United States Elections and Political Behavior (3 ch)
POL 415 Balancing Power (3 ch)
POL 417 Urban-Rural Politics (3 ch)
POL 496E-W Seminar in United States Politics (3 ch)
International Political Economy
POL 432 International Political Economy (3 ch)
POL 439 United States Foreign Policy Since World War II (3 ch)
POL 445 Comparative Public Policy (3 ch)
POL 449 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 ch)
POL 451 Environment and International Security (3 ch)
POL 493E-w Seminar in International Politics (3 ch)
POL 494E-w Seminar in Comparative Politics (3 ch)
Political Theory
POL 481 Theories of International Relations (3 ch)
POL 482E-W Topics in Political Theory (3 ch)
POL 483 American Political Theory (3 ch)
Politics and the Law
POL 400 Constitutional Law (3 ch)
POL 403 Courts and the Judicial Process (3 ch)
POL 404 International Law and Human Rights (3 ch)
POL 406 Just and Sustainable Development (3 ch)
POL 420 Environmental Politics (3 ch)
Internship
POL 498E-W Internship in Politics and Law (3 ch)
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 39 credit hours

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