BACHELOR OF ARTS MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Major Credits Required: 48-50 Credits

The political science major is designed to make students familiar with the major schools of thought and methodologies in the field of political science. Students become knowledgeable about American, comparative, and international politics and study the dynamics of power and decision making in various political systems. They learn to grasp the forces that determine the direction of emerging countries and their governments and to analyze the political-economic relationship within geopolitical areas. Students can make comparisons among different political structures within the world and understand competing historical and contemporary political thought that underpins political systems. The goal in political science is to achieve a self-reflective analysis of the institutions that socialize individuals into their political constructs.

To complete the bachelor's degree, students must complete a minimum total of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.


PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students who major in Political Science will:

  1. Be knowledgeable about American, comparative, and international politics.

  2. Understand the dynamics of power and decision making in various political systems.

  3. Be able to analyze the political-economic relationship within geopolitical areas.

  4. Be able to make comparisons among different political structures within the world, to include the congressional and parliamentary systems.

  5. Understand competing historical and contemporary political thought that underpins political systems.

  6. Be able to perform a self-reflective analysis of the institutions that socialize individuals into their political constructs.