Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The Political Science major offers the student an opportunity to understand not only American federal, state, and local governments, but also the political systems of other nations and the philosophies that underlie them. Courses are offered in American, comparative, and international politics, and in political theory and methodology. Internship opportunities are available.

For the B.A. degree in Political Science, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selections, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selections, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR )

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR: 36 credits*

  1. Select 12 credits from below the 400 level (Sem: 1-6)
    (In meeting these requirements, students must take at least one course at any level from the four fields offered in the department: Political Theory/Methodology, American Politics/Public Administration, Comparative Politics, and International Relations)
    PLSC 01 – Introduction to American National Government
    PLSC 03 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
    PLSC 14 – Introduction to International Relations
    PLSC 17 – Introduction to Political Theory
  2. Select 15 credits from the 400 level and above in political science (Sem: 3-8)
  3. Select 9 credits in political science at any level
    Substitutions may be made for courses in related disciplines with the written permission of the faculty adviser. (Sem: 3-8)

* A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.