Jul 22, 2024  
Spring 2021 Catalog 
Spring 2021 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Political Science, B.A.

This major is administered by the Department of Political Science .


Consists of at least 36-44 credits including:

Required, 9 credits

Upper-level courses requirement, 18 credits

Take at least 18 credits in courses numbered 300 and above.

Political Science Subfields, 12 credits

Take at least 3 credits in each of the four fields listed below.

World Language Courses, 0-8 credits

Complete a two-semester sequence of university entry-level world language courses (101, 102). The requirement may be fulfilled through equivalent coursework or other language acquisition as demonstrated through a test-out policy (including Native American languages and American Sign Language). If your native language is not English and you can document formal high school or university study of your native language, you may use ENGL 101  and ENGL 202 , or ENGL 150  as a means of fulfilling this world language requirement. Please see the Department of World Languages and Literatures  for details.

Teacher Certification

  1. You need 12 credits American politics and government, including 3 credits public law and 3 credits state and local: 6 credits comparative and international; 6 credits theory including POLI 300  or POLI 497  that is required for certification by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
  2. THE DPI requires all elementary and secondary education majors to take POLI 101 .
  3. Also see information about the Professional Education Program in the Education  section, and information about Secondary Education for teacher certification in the Secondary/K-12 Education Curriculum for Teacher Certification  section of this catalog.

Communication in the Major

Satisfied by POLI 300  and one of the following:


* when taken as a 3 credit independent study with a presentation of research to a public audience

Capstone Experience

Satisfied by:


* when taken as a 3 credit independent study that satisfies the Capstone Experience requirements