UNT Undergraduate Catalog
Department of Political Science

Main Departmental Office
Wooten Hall, 125
P.O. Box 305340
Denton, TX 76203-5340
(940) 565-2276

Advising Office
Wooten Hall, 140
(940) 565-2214
Fax: (940) 565-4818

Steven P. Forde, Chair


Professors Booth, Clarke, Feigert, Godwin, Tate. Associate Professors Books, Forde, Nye, Poe, Reban, Sahliyeh, Todd, Yeric. Assistant Professors Andrade, Barbieri, Cox, King, Leblang, Martinez, Meernik, Ruderman, Wood.


Department courses meet the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students preparing to enter national, state and local government employment; public and private foreign service; law; politics; public and private research; writing and reporting of public affairs and political science; and government and social science teaching.

Pre-Law Program

UNT annually prepares many students to enter law schools. No prescribed program of courses has been found to be of greater value than regular liberal arts degree programs. Consequently, there is no pre-law program of courses; students may select any major.

Future law school students should take courses that emphasize writing and oral skills, research into problems facing society, logical reasoning, the American legal system and Constitutional Law. Pre-law students should take the Law School Admission Test during the summer before their senior year. For further advice, students should consult early in their career at UNT with the pre-law adviser in Wooten Hall, Room 129.

Political Science Requirement

The university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has completed six hours of credit in American government to include consideration of the constitutions of the United States and Texas. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement in whole or in part on the basis of credit transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The university may grant as much as 3 hours of credit toward satisfaction of this requirement for substantially equivalent work in an approved senior ROTC unit. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour political science requirement by advanced standing examination. PSCI 1040 and 1050 (American Government), 3 hours credit each, fulfill the legislative requirement of government study.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete at least 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Major in Political Science

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

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Degree Plans

During the sophomore year of enrollment, the student should make a degree plan. The student must bring or send all transcripts of prior college work, if any, to Wooten Hall, Room 140, where an advisory sheet is made. Transcripts and advisory sheet are then taken to General Academic Building, Room 313, for the completion of the degree plan. Process should be completed in time for the next registration period.

Minor in Political Science

A minor in political science requires 18 hours: PSCI 1040 and 1050, plus 12 semester hours that include 6 advanced.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach political science or social studies in secondary schools must complete the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education section.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers degree programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Undergraduates who anticipate political science graduate study should take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) during their senior year. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Pender Scholars

The department annually awards two $1,000 scholarships based on merit to incoming students (fall term) who declare their intention to major in political science. The awardees are known as Pender Scholars in honor of the first chair of the political science department, J.W. "Dad" Pender.

High school seniors must rank in the top quarter of their class and have a score of at least 1100 recentered on the SAT I (or its equivalent). Transfer students must have a 3.5 grade point average and a score of at least 1100 recentered on the SAT I (or its equivalent). Application deadline is April 1; awards are announced May 1. Contact the undergraduate adviser in Wooten Hall, Room 140, for more information.

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