May 25, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

VII. Government/Political Science

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(6 hours)


Courses in this category focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas.

Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.

The following four Core Objectives must be addressed in each course approved to fulfill this category requirement: Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility.

The following courses satisfy the core requirements in Government/Political Science. See the current Course Listings for prerequisites and other restrictions, additions, and deletions.

State History and Constitutions Requirements

Senate Bill 254, passed by the 54th Legislature and amended by House Bill 935 of the 60th Legislature, provides that no individuals may receive an undergraduate degree unless they have credit for six semester hours or its equivalent in American history and six semester hours credit in the constitutions of the United States and Texas.

Constitutions of the U.S. and Texas

Students may satisfy the state requirements in the Constitutions of the U.S. and Texas in any of the following ways:

  1. By successfully completing POLS 1336  and POLS 1337 .
  2. By successfully completing POLS 1336 H
    and three additional hours of advanced political science credit from the subfields of public administration, public law, and American politics,
    or from POLS 3331 , POLS 3349 , and POLS 4366 .
  3. By receiving American Government AP score of 3 or better or CLEP score of 60 or better (POLS 1337  - 3 hours) and
    • Successfully completing POLS 1336  - OR -
    • Passing a 3 hour departmental credit exam for Texas Government, Politics and Constitution (POLS 1336 ) - OR -
    • Completion of 3 credit hours of an advanced Political Science course from the subfields of Public Administration, Public Law and American Politics or from POLS 3331 , POLS 3349 , 4361, and POLS 4366 .
  Completion of a 1 credit hour course for Federal and Texas Constitutions (POLS 1107  - 1 hour) or by passing a departmental credit exam.
  1. By receiving transfer credit in one of the following combinations. Please consult with your academic advisor.
    1. a) GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302
    2. a) GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306
    3. a) GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2305
    4. a) GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2306
    5. a) GOVT 2302 and GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2107 or
      b) GOVT 2302 and GOVT 2306 and GOVT 2107
      NOTE: GOVT 2107 = UH POLS 1107  

For information about meeting the State’s History Requirements, please see the History category  of the UH Core Curriculum.