Jun 19, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog 

Political Science, B.A.

Political science is devoted to the study of the theory and practice of government and politics. The political science program complements a student’s liberal arts education with an emphasis on understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of political philosophy, public administration, law, international relations, and American government and policy. Vocational alternatives for political science majors include teaching, public management, law, and foreign service. 


Political Science is a designated major. No grade below a “C-” will be accepted for credit toward the major. No more than 15 credits of lower division political science courses may be counted toward the credits requirement for the major. Up to 6 credits of POLS 4830 - Readings & Conference  may be used as track-specific electives with approval. 

General Education Requirement (32-36 Credits)

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  • Core Course Requirements 12-13 credits
  • Knowledge Area Requirements 20-23 credits

Experiential Education University Requirement - EDGE Program (3 Credits)

See Experiential Education .

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)

B.A. Degree - Foreign Language Requirement (16 credits)

** Note: One semester of a foreign language may also fulfill the General Education Humanities requirement. The 16 credits may be fulfilled by taking four semesters of a foreign language or by testing out of a language and purchasing the credits. These credits are typically counted in the degree total at the bottom of the page. Consult a Student Success Advisor for details.

Political Science Curriculum Summary (36 Credits)

Select One of the Following Tracks (18 Credits)

Pre-Law Track

Other Electives

  • Free electives may be taken (to complete BA/BS requirements, recommended free electives from the Department, etc.) as required to reach 120 total credits.

Total Credits, B.A. Degree: 120