Political Science - BS

The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. The B.S. program emphasizes building skills in social science research and data analysis while gaining a better understanding of politics, 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
Mathematics 1 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
American history 3
Mathematics 1 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
PHIL 240 Introduction to Logic 3
POLS 200 Foundations of Political Science 3
Creative arts 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 209 Introduction to Political Science Research 3 3
Communication 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 2 3
General elective 2 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 2 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  
Life and physical sciences 3
Political Science elective 4 3
General elective 2 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
POLS 308 Game Theoretic Methods in Political Science 3
Political Science elective 4 3
Political Science elective 4 3
General elective 2 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
POLS 309 Polimetrics 3
Political Science elective 4 3
Political Science elective 4 3
General elective 2 3
General elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

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 with academic advisor for additional options. 

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.