Foundations of Political Theory - Certificate

The Certificate in Foundations of Political Theory is a means of enhancing undergraduate education through a focused combination of courses, independent study and program participation. Administered by the Department of Political Science, the program is open to all Texas A&M University undergraduates, regardless of major. Students may choose one of two areas of concentration: history of political theory, or analytic political theory. Students interested in gaining background for post-graduate studies in law, social science, history or political theory, or for a fulfilling career that builds on other analytical and expressive skills may wish to pursue this certificate.

This certificate requires 18 hours of coursework, including an introductory course in political theory and a capstone senior research course on a relevant topic. The 18 semester hours of coursework can be accommodated within the regular undergraduate curriculum. Students are encouraged to begin planning as freshmen to avoid the addition of extra hours to the degree plan. Certificate requirements are specified in a current brochure available in the Department of Political Science’s Undergraduate Programs Office, Allen Building, room 2024.

Successful completion of the program will be indicated on the student’s transcript. Each student will receive a program certificate upon graduation from Texas A&M.

 History of Political Theory Concentration

POLS 481Research Seminar3
POLS 203Introduction to Political Theory3
POLS 349Early Political Thought3
POLS 350Modern Political Thought3
Select two of the following:6
American Political Thought
Global Political Thought
Traditions of Political Theory
Jurisprudence
European Intellectual History from the Enlightenment to 1900
European Intellectual History in the Twentieth Century
Rhetoric in Western Thought
American Oratory
History of Rhetoric
Social and Political Philosophy
Classical Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Eighteenth-Century Philosophy
Nineteenth Century Philosophy
American Philosophy
History of Literary Criticism
Contemporary Political Problems and Issues 1
Directed Studies 1
Special Topics in... 1
Independent Honors Studies 1
Total Semester Credit Hours18
1

Courses, and similar courses in other disciplines, may qualify when focused specifically on the history of political theory or topics of significant substance or importance. Consult an Undergraduate Advisor in the Political Science Department to determine if the course would be accepted toward the certificate.

Analytical Political Theory Concentration

POLS 481Research Seminar3
POLS 203Introduction to Political Theory3
POLS 369Theories of Democracy3
POLS 454Contemporary Political Ideas3
Select two of the following:6
Global Political Thought
Constitutional Rights and Liberties
American Political Thought
Traditions of Political Theory
Women and the Law
European Intellectual History from the Enlightenment to 1900
European Intellectual History in the Twentieth Century
Rhetoric in Western Thought
American Oratory
Modern Rhetorical Theory
Contemporary Literary Theory
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Current Continental Philosophy
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Contemporary Political Problems and Issues 1
Directed Studies 1
Special Topics in... 1
Independent Honors Studies 1
Total Semester Credit Hours18
1

Courses, and similar courses in other disciplines, may qualify when focused specifically on the history of political theory or topics of significant substance or importance. Consult an Undergraduate Advisor in the Political Science Department to determine if the course would be accepted toward the certificate.