BA in Political Science

Program Requirements

A major consists of the following five required courses (15 credit hours) and an additional six elective courses (18 credit hours) in political science at the 300-level or above.

Course Title Hours
Required Courses
POLS 121American Politics3
POLS 220Introduction to International Relations3
POLS 226Comparative Politics3
POLS 365Political Data Analysis3
POLS 600Senior Thesis3
Elective Courses
Select an additional six elective courses in political science at the 300-level or above.18
Total Credit Hours33

Departmental Honors

The department offers the option for majors to graduate with honors in political science if they meet the following requirements:

  • Obtain a 3.500 average or greater for the four core courses;
    Course Title Hours
    POLS 121American Politics3
    POLS 220Introduction to International Relations3
    POLS 226Comparative Politics3
    POLS 365Political Data Analysis3
  • Take an additional course beyond the introductory one in each of the four sub-fields (American politics, international politics, comparative politics, political theory);
  • Take an additional 6 credit hours of political science courses beyond the 33 credit hours required for a major;
  • Maintain a 3.500 GPA for all political science courses; and
  • Receive an A or A- for the POLS 600 Senior Thesis capstone course.

Students who would like to be admitted to the honors track should contact the department chair.

Applied Learning

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in political science program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing POLS 600.

Additional applied learning experiences include POLS 153 Model United Nations I, POLS 353 Model United Nations II and POLS 490 Internship in Government/Politics.