Nov 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science B.A./B.S.

A major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in political science, distributed as follows:

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Introductory courses

Methods course

To be taken after completion of at least 2 of these 3 introductory courses: POLSC 115, 135, and 333:

Advanced courses (12 credit hours)

To be taken after POLSC 400. Intersession courses cannot be used to fulfill these requirements. Four courses, at the 500 level or above, in two of the following areas:

  • Political thought
  • American government and politics
  • International relations
  • Comparative government and politics


Twelve credit hours, including any political science course except for POLSC 350 Current Issues. Only 3 credit hours of the major are allowed to be readings or problems. Only six credit hours of the major are allowed to be internship credits.

Optional Tracks

Public Service

The public service track is designed for students interested in an administrative position in the public or nonprofit sector.

Global Politics and Security

The Global Politics and Security Track is for students who are interested working in international security, diplomacy, international organizations and related non-profit organizations.

Society and Environment

The Society and Environment Track is for students who are interested in working in the areas of social and environmental problem-solving, including working in agricultural and food-related private businesses as they attempt to make product with less negative social and environmental impact, in non-profit and political advocacy groups, and social and environmental change programs at every level.

Politics of the Global South

The Politics of the Global South Track is for students interested in careers that impact or involve the non-Western world. This track will include knowledge of African, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern countries. 


This track is designed for students interested in going into the legal profession in any capacity, whether going on to law school or into legal research and assistance. It is useful for those who wish to work in private business in the capacity of governmental and legal relations.

Information for dual majors and nonmajors

The political science program is often advantageously combined with another major. Those seeking dual majors should coordinate their program in consultation with advisors in each area.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (120)