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2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science, BS


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The major in Political Science provides students with an understanding of the political process in the United States by emphasizing constitutional principles, the interrelationship of national, state, and local governments, while also examining other political systems from a comparative perspective. The role of the individual in relation to the exercise of political power is examined with special attention to the role of coalition building.

Thus, students become aware of how to analyze and evaluate the ways in which individuals may make government more meaningful to themselves and to the masses of people comprising the bulk of the world's societies.

The Political Science major prepares students for graduate school, law school, numerous civil service occupations, and appointed positions with local, state, and national government. It also provides practical insights on how to seek elective office as a candidate or to serve as a campaign staff person.

General Requirements for Degree


Students must complete 120 credit hours to receive the Bachelors degree. This includes 40 credits of general education requirements, and 42 credit hours in either the Political Science or Sociology majors, or 30 credit hours in the Social Science major. Students will also have to complete additional courses to meet the university's degree requirement of 120 credit hours. These elective courses may include a minor or part of a second major.

Political Science Major Requirements


The following courses are required for the Political Science major:

Total Credits: 42


Level I (Freshman)


Total Semester Credits: 16


Total Semester Credits: 15


Level II (Sophomore)


Total Semester Credits: 16


Spring Semester


Total Semester Credits: 15


Level III (Junior)


Fall Semester


Total Semester Credits: 15


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • Program Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • SOCI 407 - Research Methods 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)

Total Semester Credits: 15


Level IV (Senior)


Fall Semester


Total Semester Credits: 15


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)

Total Semester Credits: 15


Total Credits: 122


General Education Requirement

University Graduation Requirement

Major Course 

or any 2 part 200 level History

or any ENGL 200 level or above 

BIOL 101  or BIOL 107  or CHEM 101  or PHSC 101  or PHSC 103  

PHIL 103  or PHIL 102  

or IDIS 103  or any Foreign Language or ART 105  or MUSC 201  or DANC 226  or THEA 211 

or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202  or SPCH 204  or GEOG 102  

General Elective - any University course 

Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options.

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