May 23, 2024  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Political Science, B.A.

Political Science Mission Statement

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.

General Education Core

See General Education 

  • Core Course Requirements 16-17 credits
  • Knowledge Areas Requirements 16 credits

University Requirements

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the Experiential Education Requirement courses for graduation.

Experiential Education Requirement - EDGE Program (1-3 Credits)

Complete One Track:

Original Project Track (3 Credits)

Students create a project of their own design 

Select Project Track (2 Credits)

Students select a project from the designated list 

Degree Requirements (16 Credits)

BA Degree Foreign Language Requirement (16 credits or proficiency test)

Political Science Curriculum Summary

Core Requirements (36 credits)

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. 

Select One of the Following Tracks

American Politics Track (18 Credits)

Pre-Law Track (18 Credits)

Choose 15 Credits from the following Electives

International Politics Track (18 Credits)

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. or B.S. degree: 120