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.
Group A - complete one of the following:
Politics and Government
World Politics (GACO)
Public Administration (DICO)
Political Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups (TECO)
3000/4000 level Political Science electives, including one Writing in the Discipline Connection (WRCO) [not PODI]
American Politics - complete one of the following:
State and Local Politics
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
American Foreign Policy
International Relations/Comparative Politics - complete two of the following:
International Political Economy
Model United Nations (GACO) (INCO)
Latin American Politics (GACO) (WRCO)
Women in World Politics
Politics and Conflict in the Middle East (GACO) (INCO)
Politics of the Pacific Rim - ASEAN (WRCO)
Political Thought - complete one of the following:
American Political Thought
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following:
Statistics I (QRCO)
Social Statistics (QRCO)
The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry
Creative Thought Directions
Past and Present Directions
Scientific Inquiry Directions
Foreign Language (GACO)
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 2016-2017 Catalog.