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.

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.