B.A. in Political Science (PS.BA)

B.A. in Political Science (PS.BA)

Major Requirements/Political Science (33 credits)
PS-102International Relations3
PS-103American National Government3
PS-250Fundamentals of Social Science Research3
(Satisfies Technological Literacy (TL) in General Education)
Select 3 credits from Course Type: PSAM (American Politics)3
Select 3 credits from Course Type: PSAL (American Legal System)3
Select 3 credits from Course Type: PSPA (Public Policy)3
Select 3 credits from Course Type: PSIP (International Relations)3
Select 3 credits from Course Type: PSCG (Comparative Politics)3
PS-221Early Political Thought3
or PS-222 Modern Political Thought
or PS-224 Theories of Political Economy
Select one of the following:3
Political Science Internship Seminar
Political Science Internship
International Service Seminar
Model UN Conference
Political Science Internship
Political Science Internship
PS-401Seminar in Political Science3
(Political Science courses satisfy 6 credits of Social Science (SS.SV) in General Education)
Free Electives (51 credits) 1
Select up to 51 credits of free electives 151
General Education Requirements (36 credits) 2
Complete 36 credits as outlined on the General Education table. 236
Total Credits120

Please consult with your advisor regarding the required number of free electives that must be completed.


The General Education curriculum requires the completion of 45 credits. However, students may be able to share credits from within their major or interdisciplinary requirements. Please consult with your advisor to determine which General Education courses must be completed.


  • 54 credits must be completed at the 200 level or higher.

Sequence Chart

First Year
EN-101 College Composition I3EN-102 College Composition II3
Gen*Ed Historical Perspectives (HS.SV)3PS-103 American National Government (Gen*Ed Social Science Survey (SS.SV))3
PS-102 International Relations3Gen*Ed Natural Science (NS) BY,CE,PH,SC,GL3
MA-xxx Gen*Ed Mathematics3Free Electives6
FO-xxx Gen*Ed World Languages3 
Semester Credits15Semester Credits15
Second Year
EN-2xx Gen*Ed Literature (LIT)3Gen*Ed Aesthetics (AT) AR,DA,MU,TH3
Gen*Ed Reasoned Oral Discourse (RD)3PS-xxx Political Science Course (Course type PSAL)3
PS-xxx Political Science Course (Course type PSPA)3PS-xxx Political Science Course (Course type PSCG)3
PS-xxx Political Science Course (Course type PSIP)3Free Electives6
Gen*Ed Natural Science (NS) BY,CE,PH,SC,GL3 
Semester Credits15Semester Credits15
Third Year
PS-xxx Political Science Course (Course type PSAM)3PS-250 Fundamentals of Social Science Research (Gen*Ed Technological Literacy (TL))3
PS-221 Early Political Thought, 222, or 2243Free Electives12
Gen*Ed Cultural Diversity (CD) or Global Diversity (GU)3 
Free Electives6 
Semester Credits15Semester Credits15
Fourth Year
PR-4xx Gen*Ed Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ISP)3PS-401 Seminar in Political Science3
Free Electives12PS-309, PS-371, PS-383, PS-289, PS-389, or PS-489 (Gen*Ed Experiential Education (ExEd)3
 Free Electives9
Semester Credits15Semester Credits15
Total Credits 120