Oct 24, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science, BA

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, 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 33 semester hours of political science courses beyond the requirements of the Core Curriculum Program. Political science majors are advised to take MATH 1324, MATH 1325, or MATH 1442 to satisfy the Mathematics Core Curriculum Program requirement. Students who do not take MATH 1324, MATH 1325, or MATH 1442 to satisfy the core Math requirement will be required to take one to fulfill the requirements for the major. The department recommends taking MATH 1442 to satisfy both the Core and major requirement. If students have any questions, they should visit with the social science academic advisor. The degree hour requirements for the BA in political science are as follows:

Degree Requirements

Requirements Sem. Hrs.

Core Curriculum Program   

B. First-Year Seminar (when applicable) (2)
C. Major Requirements 33
D. University Electives 36-38
E. Foreign Language Requirements 6
Total Hours 120-1


*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

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

University Core Curriculum (42 hours)

Please see Core Curriculum Program  for more details. Hours will depend on MATH course taken.


*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

Required Courses

*POLS 4390 will be applied to list 1 or List 2 as approved by department.

*POLS 4390 will be applied to list 1 or List 2 as approved by department.