2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 17, 2021  
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Political Science [POL]


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This major examines the broad range of concerns surrounding people and the power of government; it provides a strong grounding in American government, comparative/international politics and political theory.

Career Potential

  • State or federal legislative aide
  • Campaign manager
  • Local,  state or federal elected representative
  • Journalist/reporter

A. Required Courses: Nine credit hours


B. Other: 27 credit hours


  • Three credit hours of comparative politics or international relations
  • Three credit hours of American government or political theory
  • 21 credit hours of political science courses
    At least 15 credit hours of political science credit must be numbered 300 or above.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124


Example of the B.A. in Political Science over four years


This chart is simply a model and does not reflect the expectations for all political science programs.

First Year


Fall Total credit hours: 16-17


  • Foreign language 101
  • GE 1: Quantitative Skills (e.g. POL 112)

Spring Total credit hours: 15-16


  • Foreign language 102
  • POL elective/concentration
  • GE elective
  • GE elective

Second Year


Fall Total credit hours: 15


  • Foreign language 201
  • POL elective/concentration
  • GE elective
  • GE elective
  • GE elective

Spring Total credit hours: 18


  • Foreign language 202
  • GE elective
  • GE elective
  • POL elective/concentration
  • POL elective/concentration
  • Free elective/minor

Third Year


Fall Total credit hours: 15


  • POL elective/concentration
  • Free elective/minor
  • Free elective/minor
  • Free elective

Spring Total credit hours: 15


  • POL elective/concentration (WI)
  • POL elective/concentration
  • Free elective/minor
  • Free elective/minor
  • Free elective

Fourth Year


Fall Total credit hours: 15


  • POL elective/concentration
  • POL elective/concentration
  • Free elective/minor
  • Free elective
  • Free elective

Spring Total credit hours: 15


  • POL elective/concentration (WI)
  • POL elective/concentration
  • Free elective
  • Free elective
  • Free elective

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