Political Science, BS (transition)

Students who matriculated prior to fall 2016 may either follow this curriculum or the new curriculum under “Business and Social Sciences Programs.”

The Bachelor of Science in Political Science is designed to help students prepare to address the political, economic, and social issues that face the world today.

Course work encompasses the history of political thought, a global awareness of the interconnectedness of different cultures, and an understanding of government structures and processes nationally and internationally. Courses focus on developing the critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that lead to reflective, informed citizens who participate in political life and have an impact on the future course of events.

Graduates have the opportunity to pursue careers in local, state, national, and international government agencies and nongovernment agencies, working on the critical policy issues that face us today and in the future.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Courses

30 semester hours required

ENG 1105
and ENG 1106
College Writing 1
and Lab for ENG 1105
ENG 1107
and ENG 1108
College Writing 2
and Lab for ENG 1107
ENG 2105
and ENG 2106
Writing Workshop
and Lab for ENG 2105
Course satisfying Engaging Difference and Diversity core3
ITC 1000Computer Applications3
or ITC 2016 End-User Data Analysis Tools
MTH 1100College Algebra3
PHL 2120Ethical Issues in Communication3
Course satisfying Engaging with the Natural and Designed World core3
HST 1250American History 2: Reconstruction to the Present3

Foundation Courses

27 semester hours required

History Course
HST 1100History of the World 1: Prehistory to the Renaissance3
or HST 1150 History of the World 2: From Renaissance to the Present
Humanities, Social Science, Math/Science Electives
Complete 24 quarter hours from the following subject areas:24
BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, MTH, PHY, CJS, ECN, HST, HSV, POL, PSY, ART, CMN, ENG, JRN, PHL, TCC, or a modern foreign language
Excludes POL subject area

Major Courses

42 semester hours required

Required Courses
MTH 2310Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences3
POL 1300American Government3
POL 1200Comparative Politics3
POL 1120International Relations3
POL 2430Survey of Political Thought3
POL 3400Political Science Research Methods3
POL 4850Political Science Capstone3
Elective Courses
Choose 21 semester hours from the POL subject area.21


Complete a minimum of 21 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.