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Political Science

Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

The Political Science major provides students with an understanding of politics and government as practiced in the United States and throughout the world, a knowledge of global political relationships, opportunities to develop skills that are useful both in the course of participating first-hand in politics and in the rigorous analysis and communication of complex information, familiarity with methods used in the study of political science, and preparation for professional careers in law, government, international affairs, and the teaching of politics and the social sciences.

Students pursuing a major in political science should receive a grade C or higher in each course that counts toward the major.


40 credits minimum


36 credits

Core Courses

20 credits

ISPOSC 210 U.S. Politics
ISPOSC 220 Global Politics
ISPOSC 230 Foundations of Political Thought
POSC 301 Writing and Research
POSC 401 Keystone in Political Science

In addition students must take another 16 credits in the discipline at the 200-level or higher, at least 8 of which must be at the 300 level or higher.


Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.


120 credits