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Political Science, BA


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This major is administered by the Department of Political Science .

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the Political Science Program you will be able to:

  1. Describe political institutions and current debates in domestic and global politics
  2. Apply discipline-specific concepts and theories to scholarly investigations of political institutions and current issues in domestic and global politics
  3. Employ qualitative and/or quantitative methods to formulate an argument regarding a domestic or global political issue
  4. Communicate research findings using professional prose supported by scholarly evidence


Consists of a minimum of 40 credits.

Note: Required courses marked ** below have Math prerequisites. Depending on your placement score, additional courses may be required.

Core courses


Political Science Subfields, 12 credits


Take at least 6 credits in each of the two fields listed below.

Political Science Electives, 12 credits


Complete 12 additional Political Science credits. You may choose any courses from the American Politics and Global Politics subfields, as well as any of the following:

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.

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