Political Science, B.S.

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/political-science/programs.  


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.

PSC 200 – Political Change and Conflict (T2CC)
PSC 240 – Introduction to Political Thought (T2CE)
PSC 260 – U.S. Government (T2AE)
PSC 270 – International Relations (T2GA)
PSC 365 – Research Methods in Political Science
PSC 367 – Quantitative Analysis of Political Data
HON 495 – Departmental Honors or PSC 475 – Capstone Seminar 
PSC 496 – Campaign Management Internship
     or 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.


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.