BA Political Science

What is the BA in Political Science?

The BA in political science is our general degree program in the department. Students must take a range of courses covering the 4 major fields of political science in the United States: American Government, Comparative Government, International Relations, and Political Theory.

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Arts Program in Political Science is committed to excellence in the teaching of undergraduate students in the foundational principles of political science, research practices, and discipline specialties so graduates will be able to pursue further study of political science or to successfully pursue diverse career choices.

The Secondary Education Program in Political Science is committed to excellence in the preparation of undergraduate students to enter successful political science teaching careers in secondary education.

Admissions Information

A student must pass POL 101 and 111 with a grade of "C-" or better before admission to the major. Only courses with a grade of "C-" or better may be counted toward the major. At least 24 credits must be taken at the 300- level or above. The university required upper division writing requirement is met in the capstone course (POL 420, Senior Project). The requirement is met by completing a portfolio of work, a single written paper or through multiple papers with a grade of C- or better.

A student may apply to the departmental chairperson to pursue the departmental honors program. Upon successful completion, a notation of departmental honors will appear on the transcript at graduation. The departmental honors program requires (a) a cumulative grade point of at least 3.25 in the total university program and 3.5 in the major; (b) a senior project through an honors independent study course (3 credits toward the major); and (c) passage of an oral exam on the senior project. See departmental chairperson for detailed procedures. Majors in all three programs (international relations, political science, and public administration) must meet the same basic requirements for honors.

This major requires either one year in a single foreign language OR a minor.

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