Political Science, BA

Studying politics offers a way to understand and engage in some of the most critical issues of our times. Our country’s political processes are deeply divided, and our institutions suffer from partisanship and gridlock. Too often substitute hyperbole substitutes for informed discussion. Our economy continues to struggle to respond to the challenges of globalization and to distribute economic gains across American society.

Meanwhile, newly rising economies give other countries increasing power, and we face threats ranging from global environmental problems to terrorism. The Political Science department offers courses that engage these and other timely issues, while enhancing our students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The political science major requires 33 credit hours of courses. Students take courses that cover areas of the study of the politics such as American politics, law and politics, comparative politics, global politics, political economy, public policy and political philosophy. A certification is also offered for students in the College of Education, who are pursuing a teaching specialization in political science. The accelerated B.A./M.A. degree program in Political Science and in International Affairs also attracts several students.