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Degree Requirements

Major Requirements for a BA in Political Science

In addition to meeting the course requirements for each respective major, all students must also fulfill the General Education requirements for the Undergraduate College. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science requires 120 credits.

General Education Requirements 57 to 58 credits

Six credits from the Political Science major can be applied towards General Education requirements.

Required Courses 39 credits
PSC-0101 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits
PSC-0103 Introduction to American Politics 3 credits
PSC-0350 Social Science Methodology 3 credits
PSC-0400 Senior Seminar 3 credits
PSC-0455 Internship 3 credits
One course in American Politics, chosen from:
PSC-0260 Constitutional Law 3 credits
PSC-0261 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3 credits
PSC-0267 Public Policy Analysis 3 credits
PSC-0270 Politics and the City 3 credits
PSC-0275 The American Presidency 3 credits
PSC-0276 Elections 3 credits
One course in International or Comparative Politics, chosen from:
PSC-0281 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 credits
PSC-0287 International Security 3 credits
PSC-0288 Model UN 1 credit
PSC-0290 International Relations 3 credits
PSC-0295 American Foreign Policy 3 credits
PSC-0315 Topics in Comparative Politics 3 credits
PSC-0360 International Political Economy 3 credits

Four elective courses 12 credits

Required Supporting Courses 6 to 8 credits
HIS-0200 History of the U.S. to 1877 3 credits
HIS-0201 History of the U.S. after 1877 3 credits
ECO-0100 Introduction to Microeconomics 3 credits
ECO-L100 Microeconomics Problems and Applications 1 credit
ECO-0101 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3 credits
ECO-L101 Macroeconomics Problems and Applications 1 credit


Students may be able to substitute courses that meet a particular need with prior approval of their mentor.

Recommended Supporting Courses
MAT-0115 College Algebra 3 credits
MAT-0120 Calculus I 3 credits
PHI-0230 Introduction to Logic 3 credits
PSY-0100 Basic Psychology 3 credits
SOC-0100 Principles of Sociology 3 credits
WRT-0170 Advanced Composition and Oral Communication 3 credits


The remaining credit hours are electives and can consist of Political Science courses, but should not be limited to that particular discipline.