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Political science is the study of government, politics and public issues and the institutions and processes through which conflict over such issues are resolved. The major is grounded in the field's theoretical traditions and provides a strong background in the fundamental branches of the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international politics, public policy, public administration and political theory. Political science students develop analytical and methodological skills that permit them to critically assess contemporary political events and identify practical solutions to problems that arise in society and government. The major offers a solid foundation for a liberal arts education, regardless of a student's career objectives, and is particularly well-suited to those interested in government, law, teaching, business and journalism. As undergraduates, political science majors have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the field by working for political campaigns and serving as interns for a state legislature, local or state courts, or various law-related organizations. Students with majors in political science may earn either a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree, which has a two-year non-English world language and culture requirement.

Download Checksheet for the University Core Curriculum

In addition to the departmental degree requirements, a minimum of 50 hours in the University Core Curriculum must be met.


Political Science MajorDownload Checksheet for Major in Political Science

This checksheet link is for students who declared
a Political Science major during Fall 2012 or later

This second checksheet link is only for students whoDownload Checksheet for Major in Political Science before Fall 2011
declared their major before Fall 2012.

42 semester hours (effective Fall 2011)

Required courses ~ 24 hours

Elective courses ~ 15 hours

Social Science course ~ 3 hours


Political Science MinorDownload Checksheet for Minor in Political Science for Fall 2004 or later

This checksheet link is for students who declared
a Political Science minor during Fall 2012 or later.

Download Checksheet for Minor in Political Science before Fall 2004 This second checksheet link is only for students who declared
a Political Science minor before Fall 2012.

24 semester hours

Required courses ~ 18 hours

Elective courses ~ 6 hours


Political Science/Government (Teacher Education)

Students who intend to teach history, government, economics, psychology or sociology at the secondary school (high school) level must declare a Social Science Secondary Education Major.


Social Science Associate

The Social Science Associate degree program in social sciences is designed for students who anticipate the need for only two years of college education. Basically it reflects the training received in the first two years of a regular four-year program, and a student may, if he or she desires, continue on to a baccalaureate degree. At the same time a student with an associate degree will have the satisfaction of having recognition for his or her efforts, and will be able to produce a tangible certification for prospective employers.  This degree does not qualify the student to teach high school. Certification for high school teachers requires completion of the Social Science Secondary Education degree.