Bachelors (BA) in Politics

The politics major offers a 36-semester-hour course of study. A minimum of 21 semester hours must be upper-division courses. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in politics will:

  • Have a deep understanding of American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory and peace studies
  • Think critically about the relationship of faith and politics
  • Critically analyze data
  • Communicate orally and in writing effectively

Major Requirements

PSCI 150 Introduction to Political Science 3
PSCI 275/475 Field Experience† 3-6
PSCI 290 Political Science Research and Writing 3
PSCI 490 Senior Seminar 3

Students must take at least one class in each of the following fields:
American Government
PSCI 190 American Government 3
PSCI 240 State and Local Government 3
PSCI 320 Constitutional Law: Issues of National Power 3
PSCI 353 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 3
PSCI 354 Christianity and Politics in America 3
PSCI 450 Campaigns and Elections 3

Comparative Government
PSCI 253 Introduction to Comparative Government 3
PSCI 330 Politics of the Developing World 3

International Relations
PSCI 230 Introduction to International Affairs 3
PSCI 303 International Conflict and Peace 3
PSCI 343 Environmental Politics and Policies 3
PSCI 380 American Foreign Policy 3
PSCI 383 International Organizations and International Law 3

Political Theory
PSCI 280 Introduction to Political Philosophy 3
PSCI 300 American Political Theory 3

Peace Studies
PSCI 310 Conflict Resolution 3
PSCI 363 War and Conscience in the United States 3
PSCI 410 Community Mediation 3
PSCI 460 Peace Theory 3
Electives (6-9 hours)
In addition to courses listed above, students may select from the following courses to bring total to 36 semester hours:
PSCI 260 Introduction to Law 3
PSCI 285 Selected Topics 3
PSCI 485 Selected Topics 3
ECON 370 Global Political Economy 3
PSYC 240 Statistical Procedures -or- SOCI 340 Statistical Procedures (highly recommended) 3

†Only 3 hours of credit may be earned from one internship. Up to 6 hours of major requirements may be earned from internship credit, but of these only 3 hours may be upper-division credit.