May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Political Science, B.A.

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Program Learning Outcomes

1)  Students will demonstrate knowledge of political institutions and processes in the United States.
2)  Students will demonstrate knowledge of political institutions and processes in at least one non-U.S. region.
3)  Students will be able to compare and contrast political institutions and processes among different regions and cultures.
4)  Students will understand the principles, actors, structures and processes related to conflict and cooperation in the international system.
5)  Students will be able to apply classic and contemporary political theory to contemporary political events.
6)  Students will demonstrate basic descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis, probability issues, inferential statistics, and use of statistical computer software related to the study of political science.
7)  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and limitations of different data collection strategies.
8)  Students will demonstrate competency in the effective written presentation of original ideas and supporting material.
9)  Students will be able to critically assess published political science research.
10)  Students will demonstrate competency in the effective oral presentation of original ideas and supporting material.
11)  Students will develop skills necessary for active participation in political life.

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 33 *

Basic Requirements: (21 Credits)

Three courses at the 400-level, one in three of the following subfields


*Students who have taken ECON 205 , GEOG 278 , MATH 242 , MATH 262 , PSYC 250 , or SOCL 211  will have fulfilled the PLSC 251  requirement but must take an additional 3 credit PLSC course to satisfy the 33 credits of PLSC courses needed for the Basic Requirements category.

NOTE: To graduate with Honors in Political Science, a student must earn 33 credits in Political Science, including the completion of PLSC 493 , Honors Thesis, which requires departmental invitation and approval.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses submitted in fulfillment of the Political Science major (including 30 credits in PLSC and required related courses).

Department Writing Requirement

Political Science majors are evaluated on the basis of substantive content and the quality of exposition in 300- and 400-level courses. Faculty assign writing projects of 15 pages or more including term papers, reports, etc. Faculty have discretion in determining assignments. Grades are reported to the Department Chair at the end of each semester and recorded on the pre-graduation form. A grade of C- or better is required to fulfill the writing requirement.

Sample Course Map

For students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022: please select the bulletin year in which you entered the college (matriculated) at the top right of this page.

Curriculum Map

  • First Year
  • Second Year
  • Third Year
    • Fall - 15 Credits
      • PLSC 3xx-4xx Elective - Credit(s): 3
      • PLSC 4xx Subfield 1 Elective - Credit(s): 3
      • Electives - Credit(s): 10
    • Spring - 15 Credits
      • PLSC 4xx Subfield 2 Elective - Credit(s): 3
      • Integrative and Applied Learning - Credit(s): 3
      • Electives - Credit(s): 9
  • Fourth Year
    • Fall - 15 Credits
      • PLSC 4xx Subfield 3 Elective - Credit(s):
      • Electives - Credit(s): 12
    • Spring - 15
      • PLSC 4xx Capstone or Senior Seminar - Credit(s):
      • Electives - Credit(s): 12

Total Credit Hours: 120

Note: The Department encourages majors to use electives for Minor programs and/or internships.

Note: Variation in the order of courses is possible, depending upon prereqisties.  Consult course information in the bulletin or your academic advisor to customize your eight semester plan.  

KEY - Participation in a Global Society (PGS)


Sub Areas

Abbreviation Definition
DPP Diversity, Pluralism, Power
WCV World Cultures & Values
CGC Contemporary Global Challenges
CAI Creativity & Innovation
SST Sustainability

Learning Areas

Abbreviation Definition
HUMA Humanities
SOSC Social Science


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