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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

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The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science offers students the opportunity to examine government from theoretical and practical perspectives. As a discipline, Political Science is concerned with theoretical issues such as democracy, justice and equality, and also with such practical issues as the constitutional structure of governments and the relations between branches and levels of government. Political Science also cultivates an understanding of governmental systems in other areas of the world, the manner in which nations interact, and various modes of citizen participation. Students are exposed to these concepts in the classroom and by enrolling in governmentally related internships. Other learning experiences are also available, including participation in the Columbia College Mock Trial Team and Model United Nations Team. A degree in Political Science can lead to careers in government, international affairs, journalism, politics, public relations, graduate study in law, public administration, political science and other academic fields.

Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  Ethics Course Requirement

3 hrs

  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics 3 hrs


Foreign Language Requirement

6 sem. hrs


Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  (Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)


Political Science Core Requirements

18 sem. hrs

  (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  POSC 111View Syllabus American National Government 3 hrs
  POSC 292View Syllabus International Relations* 3 hrs
  POSC 395View Syllabus (PADM 395) Political Science and Public Administration Research Methods 3 hrs
  POSC 402View Syllabus (PHIL 402) Classical Political Philosophy 3 hrs
  POSC 403View Syllabus (PHIL 403) Modern Political Philosophy 3 hrs
  POSC 495View Syllabus (PADM 495) Independent Study in Political Science and Public Administration 3 hrs


Political Science Electives

30 sem. hrs

  Any course with the POSC prefix at the 200-level or higher may be used to fulfill major electives. However, students must take a minimum of twelve hours from each of the following two tracks. A maximum of six hours may be taken as POSC 399 Internship.
  E MPHASISA:Syllabus Not Available American Politics
  POSC 215View Syllabus State and Local Government 3 hrs
  POSC 280View Syllabus (AMST 280) American Political and Social Thought 3 hrs
  POSC 311View Syllabus (MGMT/PADM 311) Public Administration and Policy 3 hrs
  POSC 315View Syllabus (PADM 315) American Public Policy 3 hrs
  POSC 330View Syllabus Media and Politics 3 hrs
  POSC 332View Syllabus The American Presidency 3 hrs
  POSC 340View Syllabus Judicial Process 3 hrs
  POSC 350View Syllabus Legislative Process 3 hrs
  POSC 361View Syllabus American Political Parties 3 hrs
  POSC 440View Syllabus Constitutional Law 3 hrs
  E MPHASISB:Syllabus Not Available International Studies
  POSC 317View Syllabus Politics of Russia and Eurasia* 3 hrs
  POSC 321View Syllabus Politics of Developing Nations* 3 hrs
  POSC 326View Syllabus International Law and Organizations 3 hrs
  POSC 331View Syllabus European Politics* 3 hrs
  POSC 353View Syllabus Asian Politics* 3 hrs
  POSC 360View Syllabus U.S. Foreign Policy 3 hrs


Other Electives

22-25 sem. hrs

  120 sem. hrs
  Students are encouraged to use elective credits to obtain a minor in a related academic field.


POSC/PADM 495 is the culminating experience course for all students receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

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