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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, BA

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Political Science

Political science is the study of politics, government, and public policy at the local, state, national, and international levels. It is concerned with the struggle for power and the exercise of power in public institutions. Political science seeks to reveal the patterns of behavior associated with politics, to explain the functioning of political and governmental institutions, to appraise alternative public policies, and to assess government’s role in society.

Political science provides students with the broad-training necessary to become successful professionals in a variety of fields, as well as engaged democratic citizens. As such, the purpose of the political science program is to foster the development of vital skills, such as critical thinking, communication, and analytical abilities in our students in order to prepare them for both a broad range of career choices and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BA in political science, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills, to include: creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information.
  2. Demonstrate communication skills, to include: the effective development and interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
  3. Demonstrate empirical and quantitative skills, to include: the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

Major in Political Science

To earn a BA in political science a student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of political science courses beyond the requirements of the Core Curriculum Program. Political science majors are required to take MATH 1442  to satisfy the Mathematics Core Curriculum Program requirement. Students who did not take MATH 1442  to satisfy the core Math requirement will be required to do so to fulfill the requirement for majors. The degree hour requirements for the BA in political science are as follows:

Degree Requirements

Requirements Sem. Hrs.
  1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  2. Major Requirements
  3. University Electives
  4. Foreign Language Requirements

Total Hours 120


*Students are required to take POLS 2305 U.S. Government and Politics  and POLS 2306 State and Local Government  as part of the University Core Curriculum

**Hours in the major include 1 hour from MATH 1442  

Required Courses

  • 3 sem. hrs.
  • 3 sem. hrs.

    Students must take 18 upper-division hours from the following lists, with at least three courses from each list. The remaining 6 semester hours of unrestricted electives may be any upper-division political science course included in these lists or otherwise, including the internship experience (POLS 4398 Applied Experience). When POLS 4390  courses are offered by faculty, the course description will indicate whether the course applies to List 1 or List 2.

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