Degree Requirements - B.A. in Political Science


General Education Requirements  (47 credits)

College Competencies (21 Credits)

ENWR1101     Academic Writing
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
Oral Communication
Quantitative Analysis
Ethical and Moral Analysis:
POLS2606     Ethics and Politics
Scientific Analysis

Liberal Arts Distribution (18 credits)

Language and Culture
Social and Behavioral Sciences
POLS1101     Intro to Political Science
Art and Humanities:
HIST1214     World Civilization I
HIST1215     World Civilization II

University Requirements (8 credits)

UNIV1001     Transitioning to University Life
UNIV1002      Preparing for Professional Life   
UNIV2001       Cross-cultural Perspectives
UNIV2002      Global Issues

Major Requirements (36 credits)

Required Major Courses (15 credits)

POLS2231     Comparative Government
POLS2232     History of Political Thought
POLS2251     Foreign Policy of the United States
POLS2253     American Government
POLS4600     Political Science Seminar (or)
POLS4875     Honors in Political Science

1Major Elective Courses (21 credits)

Minor/SAC: (15 credits)
Free Electives1 (22 credits)
Total Credits (120 credits)

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENWR1101 and ENWR1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.

ORAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit Speech course.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with mathematics and statistics with application to everyday problems.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions. For Political Science majors this course should be POLS2606: Ethics & Politics.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science.

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:  This requirement can be satisfied by one of four options: traditional language courses with significant cultural elements, LANG course listings under “Language and Culture Studies,” language-based study abroad, or the six highest ESL/ESP credits for non-native English speakers.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  This requirement consists of three credits in Political Science (POLS1101) and three credits of coursework in Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, Psychology, or Sociology.

ART AND HUMANITIES:  This requirement can be satisfied by six credits of coursework in Art (visual or performing), English Literature, History, Humanities, Philosophy, or Religion.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.