Bachelor of Arts
College of Letters and Sciences
Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Public Administration
- Program Description
- Admission Requirements
- Learning Outcomes
- Additional Program Requirements
- Program of Study
- 4 Year Course Schedule
Program DescriptionA political science degree is a pathway to law school, graduate school, or employment with government agencies or private sector organizations. While not specific undergraduate major is required for for law school, the political science program addresses the communication skills, critical understanding of institutions, behaviors and values, and analytical thinking for the study of law.
Philosophy can be described as thinking about thinking. Plato in the Apology, has Socrates say "an unexamined life is not worthy of a human being." In essence the philosopher must examine both on which beliefs we act and how we come to form our belief. This discipline is a perfect complement to political science study.
- Government Service
- Legal Career
- Public Policy
- Public Relations
Admission RequirementsThere are no program specific admission requirements.
Learning OutcomesGraduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the discipline of political science in terms of its history, content, purpose and methodologies
- Demonstrate knowledge of the sub-fields of political science (American politics, political theory, comparative politics, international relations, public administration, political behavior/policy, and law)
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze materials (e.g. data, texts), and to think critically
- Demonstrate the effective ability to communicate orally
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing be prepared to achieve their personal goals with regard to intellectual and social skills be prepared to achieve their personal goals with regard to governmental employment, private employment, graduate and/or professional school
Additional Program RequirementsThere are no program specific academic regulations.
Program Of Study
Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
Select two of the following courses:
Select one of the following courses:
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.
Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.
Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:
Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.
Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:
Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111 HIST 2112
Take the following course:
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:
Select one world cultures course from the following courses:
Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
Foreign Language 1002
Foreign Language 2001
PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking STAT 1127 Introductory Statistics
Select two 1000/2000-level courses from the following group, no more than one from each discipline:
Area G Required Hours: 30
("C" or better required in each course)
Select two of the following theory courses:
POLS 3116 Theories of Racism POLS 3133 Intro Political Theory POLS 3134 Feminist Political Thought POLS 3137 American Political Thought POLS 3138 Contemporary Political Thought POLS 3139 Asian Political Thought
Select two of the following American studies courses:
POLS 3127 The Presidency POLS 3128 The Legislative Process POLS 3129 Judicial Process POLS 3148 Religion and Politics POLS 3161 American Constitutional Law POLS 3165 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties POLS 3195 River Politics POLS 3256 Politics in Film
POLS 3141 Comparative Politics (maybe taken a maximum of three times for credit)
Select one of the following international relations courses:
POLS 4155 International Relations POLS 4166 International Law and Organizations POLS 4176 American Foreign Policy POLS 4177 American Defense Policy POLS 4178 U.S. Foreign Policy in East Asia
Choose one of the following Public Policy/Public Administration courses:
POLS 3185 Public Administration POLS 4175 Public Policy
Area H Required Hours: 21
("C" or better required in each course)
Select 21 hours from the following:
Any POLS courses listed but not applied in Area G
Area I Required Hours: 9
Non-POLS electives, 1000-4000 level.
Total Hours Required: 123