Political Science Bachelor's Degree

See the big picture: Learn to analyze complex political problems and find viable solutions in both public and private sectors with a political science degree.

With a major in political science, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of U.S. government and global politics. By analyzing political structures, theory, and problems, you’ll learn to interpret complex political problems in both the public and private sectors and propose potential solutions. You’ll also have an opportunity to enhance your professionalism and fine-tune your communication and organizational skills.

This program is designed to help you prepare for graduate study or careers in areas such as policy development for think tanks, research at intelligence agencies, and political campaign management, as well as other work with local and state governments or nonprofit organizations.

This program is also available as a minor.

Your Coursework in Political Science

In your political science courses, you’ll develop research and communication skills. Courses examine issues in policy development, global terrorism, foreign policy, defense policy and arms control, the intelligence community, and challenges in modern politics.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Analyze and participate in the creation of public policy at the local, state, federal, and international levels by building consensus and using effective lobbying techniques
  • Participate in and influence government at all levels through an understanding of the establishment, structure, and interaction of governmental institutions
  • Use effective writing, research, analysis, advocacy, and coalition-building skills to develop and influence policy at the national and international levels
  • Conduct, analyze, and evaluate theoretical and empirical research for specific problems to affect domestic and international policy by applying political theory, systems, and processes in organizational environments
  • Apply knowledge of ethical principles and issues to public policy and politics

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Complete an in-depth country analysis with particular stress on political-economic issues to produce a white paper to assist governments or corporations in assessing political or economic risks
  • Develop a counterterrorism plan for a specific organization
  • Choose a policy-oriented organization and research an issue to present

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in political science requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

General Education Courses (41 Credits)

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and research and computing literacy).

Note: Excess credit earned in fulfilling any general education requirement (e.g., by taking a 4-credit course where only 3 credits are required) may be applied toward the research and computing literacy requirement.

Research and Computing Literacy Courses

Communications Courses

Math Course

Topics for Mathematical Literacy (3 Credits, MATH 105) or College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103) (Available overseas only) or other approved math or statistics course

    Arts and Humanities Courses

    Behavioral and Social Science Courses

    Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

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