Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
    Apr 24, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science prepares students for fulfilling careers as civic leaders and contributors to democratic societies.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the American Constitutional government system
2. Compare political systems
3. Demonstrate ability to write effectively about political phenomena
4. Demonstrate the ability to speak effectively about political phenomena
5. Demonstrate the ability to recognize when information is needed to understand and evaluate political phenomena
6. Construct research designs to investigate systematically political phenomena
7. Illustrate the effective collection and use of information related to political phenomena
8. Produce evidence of application of political science knowledge to political phenomena
9. Provide evidence of being an informed citizen, including the understanding of and/or participation in civic communities - locally, regionally, nationally, and globally
10. Apply interdisciplinary approaches to political phenomena
11. Interpret the effects of public policy on citizens in a democratic society
12. Analyze political issues and phenomena using political science concepts, theories, and methods
13. Synthesize solutions to political issues through examination, investigation, formulation and construction in scholarship and/or engagement
14. Construct theories of political phenomena using intercultural and/or interlingusitic competency


Core Areas A, B, C, D, and E: 42 Hours

Core Curriculum 

Core Area F-I: 18 Hours

(Foundations of Social Science)

Required: 6 Hours

  • Foreign Language 2001 and 2002 *

Choose two courses from the following: 6 Hours

Major Courses: 27 Hours

Nine upper division political science courses, including at least 3 hrs. in each of the following subfields:

Political theory **
American politics
Comparative politics
International politics

All majors must complete the senior seminar (POLS 4984 ). No more than 3 hours of directed readings or independent study may count toward the major, and none can be used to satisfy the political science subfield requirements listed above. No POLS course in which the student receives a grade lower than a “C” may count toward the major.

Minor: 15-18 Hours

Electives: 15-18 Hours

Internships (POLS 4186 ), if taken, may count only as electives.

Total: 120 Hours

* Foreign language proficiency as demonstrated by successfully completing a 2002 course or by passing an exemption exam is required.

** PHIL 4115  may be selected to satisfy this requirement.

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