Political Science, B.S.

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 3 - Capstone (select one):
HON 495 - Departmental Honors
PSC 475 - Capstone Seminar

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


33 Credits Required

Students who take any of the following 4 courses toward an LEP requirement, will replace the course in the major with a PSC course at the 200-level or higher, or a course approved by the department.
PSC 200 — Political Change and Conflict
PSC 240 — Introduction to Political Thought
PSC 260 — U.S. Government
PSC 270 — International Relations

PSC 365 - Research Methods in Political Science
PSC 367 - Quantitative Analysis of Political Data
PSC 497 - Political Science Internship (6 credits required)

Select an additional 9 credits of PSC at the 300 level or higher, or other subjects as approved by the political science department. No more than 3 credits of PSC 497 may be applied to this requirement.


No cognates are required for this program.


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).