Political Science - BA

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Political Science offers a strong liberal arts curriculum aimed at enhancing students’ understanding of foreign and domestic politics, along with essential training in social science research methods, strengthening their critical thinking abilities, and enhancing students' written, verbal, and visual communications skills. In addition to requiring four semesters of a college level foreign language, the Bachelor of Arts degree plan encompasses a broad spectrum of coursework from throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Texas A&M University. By allowing for flexibility in courses that can be taken within the core curriculum, as well as for general electives, students can achieve a well-rounded education that can help with their future educational and professional goals.

Within their major area of study, students will be able to further their education in American political institutions and political behavior; international relations; comparative politics; political theory; research methodology; public policy and administration; and race and ethnic politics.

Students who graduate with a degree in Political Science have a wide spectrum of career fields to choose from. Many students will pursue careers in government, law, secondary education, higher education, business, non-profits, journalism and more.  

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
American history 3
Foreign language 1 4
Mathematics 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
American history 3
Foreign language 1 4
Mathematics 2 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
POLS 200 Foundations of Political Science 3
Creative arts 3
Foreign language 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 209 Introduction to Political Science Research 3 3
Communication 3
Foreign language 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Select two of the following: 6
Introduction to Political Theory  
Introduction to Comparative Politics  
Introduction to World Politics  
Politics and Policy in the United States  
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Political Theory  
Introduction to Comparative Politics  
Introduction to World Politics  
Politics and Policy in the United States  
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Political Science elective 5 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Political Science elective 5 3
Political Science elective 5 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Political Science elective 5 3
Political Science elective 5 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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.

Graduation requirements include a requirement for 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. Select in consultation with an academic advisor.