Political Science - BA

The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. The B.A. degree program offers a strong liberal arts curriculum aimed at enhancing students’ understanding of politics along with essential training in social science research methods, developing habits of critical thinking, and enhancing students' written, verbal, and visual communications skills.

POLS 200Foundations of Political Science3
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
POLS 209Introduction to Political Science Research 13
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to Political Theory
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to World Politics
Politics and Policy in the United States
Political Science electives15
College and University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature in English6
Foreign language14
Mathematics 26
Language, philosophy and culture3
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy, and culture or creative arts3
Life and physical sciences9
Social and behavioral sciences 36
American history6
International and Cultural Diversity 4
Free electives 322
Total Semester Credit Hours120
1

Students must complete this course before taking more than six hours of 300- or 400-level courses in Political Science.

2

At least 3 hours must be in MATH except MATH 102MATH 150MATH 167, MATH 365, and MATH 366. Three hours may be PHIL 240.

3

POLS 100-POLS 499 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

4

Course may be used to satisfy any other requirement.

No more than 36 credits in political science may be applied to the degree.

A grade of C or better is required for a course to be counted in the major field.

Other courses may qualify for the college and university requirements. Student should consult the approved list of courses in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts. No course can be counted in more than one category.