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2022-2023 University Catalog 
  
2022-2023 University Catalog

Political Science, B.A.


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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for BA Political Science

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. political system. 

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the international political system.  

Students will demonstrate the ability to use data and quantitative methods to analyze politics. 

General Education Requirements


Mathematics Credits: 6 *


* See General Course Requirements and Approved Electives in the Liberal Arts section.

Science


  • BIOS Credits: 3 3
  • BIOS or Physical Science Credits: 6 3

Humanities


  • FORL 1001 Credits: 3
  • FORL 1002 Credits: 3
  • Literature Credits: 3

Social Sciences


  • Social Sciences Credits: 6 2

Arts


  • Arts Elective Credits: 3 4

Total Credit Hours: 39


Other Requirements


  • Literature Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 2001/1002 Credits: (3 or 6)
  • Social Science 2000+ Credits: 6
  • Non-POLI electives 3000+  Credits: 6
  • Electives Credits: 27-30 7

Total Credit Hours: 48


(Total elective hours in other requirements of 27-30 and total hours of 48 pertains to the Political Science major with no concentration.  When the pre-law concentration is added, the hour total is reduced by 3 hours.)

Course Requirements for Major


Total Credit Hours: 21


Political Science (No Concentration)


  • Political Science Electives 3000+ Credits: 9 7
  • Political Science Elective, any level Credits: 3

Total Credit Hours: 12


Total Credit Hours Required: 120


  1. “C” or better required.
  2. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science; 3 hours in another science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS but either the 3 hour science or the 6-hour science sequence must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. From FA, MUS, theater or film/video-related FTA. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  5. Must complete nine credit hours in one language or six credit hours in two languages.
  6. See the list of Approved Electives for the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development.

  7. Total elective hours in other requirements of 27-30 and total hours of 48 pertains to the Political Science major with no concentration.  When the pre-law concentration is added, the hour total is reduced by 3 hours.

  8. At least one 3000 level or above political science course must be in US politics and at least one 3000+ political science course must be in Comparative Politics or International Relations.

Four Year Plan of Study


First Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


  • Literature Credits: 3
  • Approved Arts Credits: 3
  • Other Social Science or Humanities Credits: 3
  • POLI Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Third Year of Enrollment


First Term


  • Other Social Science or Humanities Credits: 3
  • - Credits: 3
  • Any POLI course at 3000+ level in US Politics Credits: 3
  • Any POLI course at 3000+ level in International or Comparative Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Term


  • Other Social Science or Humanities Credits: 3
  • Any POLI course at 3000+ level Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 6
Total Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year of Enrollment


First Term


Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Term


  • Electives Credits: 13
Total Credit Hours: 13

Total Credit Hours Required: 120


  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

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