Courses in the department introduce the student to fundamental issues in the governmental process, social conditions that create a need for government, structures and procedures of governments, and relationships among governments. The goals of the program are to foster in our students an appreciation of government and politics and to prepare them to assume the duties of citizenship; to provide special knowledge and skills useful to those who plan to pursue public service; and to lay the foundations for the scholarly study of government, politics, and the law for those who plan to pursue graduate study or a legal education. The political science degree program consists of a traditional track and a public service track. Both require 30 credit hours in political science.

Download a degree checksheet: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (beginning Fall 2009)

Student Learning Goals

  1. Foster in our students an appreciation of government and politics and prepare them to assume the duties of citizenship.
  2. Provide special knowledge and skills useful to those who plan to pursue public service.
  3. Lay the foundations for the scholarly study of government, politics, and the law for those who plan to pursue graduate study or a legal education.
  4. The primary objective of the public service track is to prepare students with the background and skills to pursue positions in the public service, in both governmental and non-governmental (not for profit) organizations.

Minor in Political Science

Minimum of 15 credit hours, including:

  • POLS-Y 103 Introduction to American Politics (3 cr.)
  • One course in comparative politics
  • One course in international politics

(At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be taken on this campus.)

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