Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
    May 18, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science 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. Analyze political issues and phenomena using political science concepts, theories, and methods.
11. Design systematic empirical analysis to draw conclusions about the political world.
12. Synthesize solutions to political issues through examination, investigation, formulation and construction in scholarship and/or engagement.


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


Core Area F-I: 18 Hours

(Foundations of Social Science)

Learning Outcomes same as Core Area E (see Core Curriculum )

Choose four courses from the following: 12 Hours

Major Courses: 33 Hours

Four upper division political science courses: 12 Hours

Of at least 3 hrs. in each of the following subfields:

Political theory **
American politics
Comparative politics
International politics

Six upper division political science courses: 18 Hours

Six upper division political science courses planned as a coherent whole in consultation with the student’s advisor and approved by both the advisor and the department chair.


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.

Electives: 27 Hours

(at least 6 hours must be upper division courses)

Total: 120 Hours

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

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