Aug 17, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
    
2019-2020 General Catalog

Political Science (B.A., B.S.)


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Program Summary

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.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.
  • No more than 15 credits of lower-division political science courses may be counted toward the credits requirement for the major.
  • No more than 12 credits of transfer courses will apply toward the major.
  • Up to six (6) credits of POLS 4830 - Readings and Conference  may be used as track-specific electives with approval.

General Education Requirement (30-37 Credits)


See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (18-22 Credits)

Bachelor’s Degree Type: Arts or Science Requirement (12* or 16** Credits)


Select one degree type from either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science:

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)


  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

or

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Requirement (16 Credits**)


  • Bachelor of Arts 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 your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Political Science Curriculum Summary (37 Credits)


Select One of the Following Tracks (18 Credits)


American Politics Track


Pre-Law Track


Required Course (3 Credits)

Select Five of the Following (15 Credits)

Select 15 credits of the following:

International Politics Track


Required Courses (3 Credits)

Select one of the following (whichever one you did NOT complete as part of the Core Requirements):

Free Electives (30-56 Credits)


Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.A./B.S. Degree: 120