Nov 28, 2020  
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Political Science


Dennis Patterson, Ph.D., Chairperson

Professors: Khan, Lee, Patterson
Associate Professors: Barkdull, Hayhoe, Kwon, Lee, Lektzian, McKee, McKenzie, Nokken, Rider, Thames
Assistant Professors: Bak, Forbis, Gittner, Meserve, Steele, Wright
Assistant Professor of Practice: Lewis

CONTACT INFORMATION: 113 Holden Hall, Box 41015, Lubbock, TX 79409-1015, T 806.742.3121 F 806.742.0850,

About the Department

This department supervises the following degree programs and certificate:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies*
  • Master of Arts in Political Science
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies

Dual Degree Program

  • Master of Public Administration/Doctor of Jurisprudence

The department also participates in the Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures with a specialization in Russian Language and Area Studies; a minor in women’s studies; Honors College programs; and Arts and Sciences minors in urban studies, international studies, ethnic studies, and Asian studies.

* See Global Studies, B.A.  for a sample curriculum table.

Undergraduate Program

Transfer Students. Transfer students who major in political science must complete at least 9 credit hours at the 3000/4000-level in political science at Texas Tech. Transfer students who minor in political science must complete at least 6 credit hours at the 3000/4000-level in political science at Texas Tech.

Teacher Education. Students seeking certification to teach in the secondary schools of Texas may qualify for such certification by completing requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. Consult the political science advisor and the College of Education for details.

Requirements and Prerequisites. POLS 1301  is a prerequisite for all upper-division political science courses. A student must receive at least a C in courses in political science that apply to major, minor, or teaching field requirements.

Writing Intensive Requirement. All majors are required to take 6 hours of writing intensive courses. Each semester the department designates two or more 3000-level courses as Writing Intensive under the university’s policy of writing intensive requirements. The designation is not visible in the catalog course description because the courses change each semester, but the designation is visible in the Banner online schedule and course attributes. The department and the Dean of Arts and Sciences Student Division have a list of the writing intensive POLS courses for reference. For questions about the writing intensive requirements or courses in the department, contact a departmental advisor.

Selected Topics Courses. Multiple sections of POLS 3300  and POLS 3301  are offered each semester with varying topics of contemporary interest. These courses are repeatable for credit up to four times each (totaling 12 hours). In order to apply to a student’s major or minor, these courses must each cover different topics, as indicated by the course title found online each semester. Additionally, for students to grade replace either course, the topics must be the same.

Internships in Political Science. Political science majors and minors may receive up to 9 hours of POLS credit toward their major or minor during a long semester (or during a full summer session) when they complete the congressional internship program offered through the Office of the President. Alternatively, students who secure internships individually are eligible to be awarded upperlevel political science credit with permission from the undergraduate director. Students must complete the appropriate POLS internship coursework in conjunction with the approved internship. Approved internships vary but have historically included internships working in legislative offices, on political campaigns, in law offices, and with non-profit organizations.

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the Department of Political Science, visit the Graduate School  section of the catalog.

Program Offerings & Course Descriptions


    Bachelor’sUndergraduate Minor


      Political Science (Undergraduate Courses)

      For Writing Intensive courses in the Department of Political Science, please contact a departmental advisor.