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Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in political science provides students with an understanding of government and politics through a combination of theoretical and empirical analysis and practical experience. The program develops critical thinking, analysis and communication skills through a combination of classroom experience and internship opportunities designed to instill students with firsthand experience and practical understanding of governmental policy and practice.

Students are prepared for an array of career options in the public and private sectors. Graduates of the political science program may go on to administrative careers with federal, state, and local governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, campaign management, diplomacy, teaching and many other career options. Political science majors are also prepared to enter graduate study in political science, law, international studies, public administration, urban planning, diplomacy or related subjects.



General Education Core                                                                                                                                48-49

General Education Courses Required in the Major

SCI 103 Writing for the Sciences

POL 101 American Government

BUS 206 Principles of Economics (Macro)

Major Required Courses                                                                                                                                            21

SSC 320 Research Design and Analysis I

SSC321 Qualitative Research Methods

SSC 330 Research Design and Analysis II

POL 4XX Senior Seminar

POL 311 Comparative Politics

POL 301 International Politics

Choose one of the following:

POL 306 Classical Political Thought


POL308 Modern Political Thought

Major Electives (select four)                                                                                                                                     12

POL 368 Interest Groups and Public Policy

POL 385 Constitutional Law

POL 472 Media and Politics

POL 498 Special Topics in Political Science

POL 499 Independent Study in Political Science

SSC 490 Social Science Internship           


General Electives                                                                                                                                                            39

Total Semester Credits Required in the Degree                                                                                                     120


For more information about this major contact:

SimonPeter Gomez, Ph.D.