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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science

(120 semester hours)*

Academic Major
Catalogs Hours
Political Science 2305, 2306 6
Political Science 4361 3
Political Theory:
Political Science 3335, 4331,4332, 4333, 4334
Comparative Politics and International Relations:
Political Science 3315, 3341, 3343, 3351, 4351, 4353, 4354
Public Administration and Policy:
Political Science 3305, 3306, 4301, 4302, 4310, 4311
Political Science (advanced American Politics exclusive of those listed above) 6
Political Science (advanced) 12
Other Requirements
Courses Hours
Communication 1315 3
Creative Arts:
Arts 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304,
Honors 2302,
Music 1306, 1310, 1313,
Theatre 1310
English 1301, 1302 6
General Studies 1181 1
History 1301, 1302 6
Cultural Competence 2323,
English 2307, 2321, 2326, 2329, 2331,
History 2311, 2312,
Honors 2305,
Philosophy 1301, 2305, 2306
Language, Philosophy, and Culture:
English 2307, 2321, 2326, 2329, 2331,
Philosophy 1301, 2306
Life and Physical Sciences:
Biology 1406, 1407, 1408, 1409, 2423, 2424,
Chemistry 1405, 1411,
Geography 1301/1101,
Geology 1403, 1404,
Physical Science 1315/1115, 1317/1117,
Physics 1303/1103, 1304/1104
Mathematics 1314, 1324, 1332, 1342, 2313 3
Modern Language 1301, 1302, 2311, 2312 in a single modern language 12
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Agricultural Economics 2317,
Economics 1300, 2301, 2302,
Geography 2305,
Psychology 2301, 2315,
Sociology 1301, 1306
Courses Hours
Minor 18
Courses Hours
Electives (6 elective hours must be advanced to meet the 42 advanced hour requirement.) 15

*Students who are interested in public administration careers should use the electives in the political science degree program to take the following courses: Communication 1311, Economics 2301, 2302, Psychology 2301, Sociology 1306, Accounting 2301 and 2302, Also refer to the Political Science Internship section which follows.  

The previous plan meets all core curriculum and Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. The B.A. degree with a major in Political Science requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, a minimum of 42 advanced (junior and senior level) semester credit hours, and a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in residence (24 of which must be at the advanced level). 24 of the last 30 hours required to complete this degree must be taken in residence.

Graduation Requirement for Political Science Majors

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science are required to complete a Major Field Test (MFT) in Political Science in order to be eligible for graduation. Students may take this examination after completing all government requirements or in the semester immediately prior to graduation. The examination will be administered at no cost to the student. The exam score will not affect GPA, but will be part of the student’s record.

Political Science Internship

Political Science internships are available to qualified junior and senior students who are majoring in political science and have a minimum GPA of 2.00. If the student is accepted as an intern, an appropriate advanced course designed to prepare the student for intern duties will be taken the semester preceding the internship. During the semester of the internship, duties will be performed in an approved government or political agency, for which six semester hours of credit (Political Science 4671) will be received. The student will intern under the supervision of a member of the political science faculty and the work will involve a combination of practical work and research. Application for the internship program must be made the semester before the advanced preparation course is taken. The applications can be obtained in the Political Science and Philosophy Department office.


A student preparing for law school should complete a baccalaureate degree. A major in political science provides excellent pre-law preparation, though numerous other majors are acceptable to most law schools. A pre-law student wishing to major in political science should consult the political science program’s pre-law advisor, Dr. Tony Bartl, to be advised in the selection of a minor and electives.