Political Science, Bachelor of Arts

120 credits

The BA program in Political Science provides the opportunity to pursue the problem of community order within the broad scope of liberal arts. Political scientists inquire how government can best fulfill the diverse needs of humanity as individuals, as well as in various groups. The study of politics deals with the ways in which humanity shares and distributes such fundamental values as security and prosperity and seeks self-determination. In the tradition of the liberal arts, this program prepares students to make sound decisions and creates a foundation for lifetime intellectual and spiritual growth. This includes such specific skills as the collection and evaluation of valid data, the systematic analysis of problems, and the clarification of values.

Degree Requirements


PO 1020 American Government 3
Group A - complete one of the following: 3
PO 1010 Politics and Government
PO 1030 World Politics (GACO)
PO 2020 Public Administration (DICO) 3
PO 3120 Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups (TECO) 3
PO 3660 Political Analysis 3
PO 3000/4000 level Political Science electives, including one Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO) [not PODI] 12
American Politics - complete one of the following: 3
PO 3150 State and Local Politics
PO 3590 The Congress
PO 3600 The Presidency
PO 3630 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
PO 3650 American Foreign Policy
International Relations/Comparative Politics - complete two of the following: 6
PO 3240 International Political Economy
PO 3250 Model United Nations (GACO) (INCO)
PO 3300 Latin American Politics (GACO) (WRCO)
PO 3350 Women in World Politics
PO 3500 Politics and Conflict in the Middle East (GACO) (INCO)
PO 3510 Comparative Politics
PO 3540 European Politics
PO 3580 Politics of the Pacific Rim - ASEAN (WRCO)
Political Thought - complete one of the following: 3
PO 3100 American Political Thought
PO 3810 Political Thought
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
SS 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 6
Electives 39-37

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

A 2.50 grade point average in PO courses taken for the degree is required.

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.