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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

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.

Department

Degree Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs
Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics 3 hrs
B. Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs
C. Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs
(Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)
D. 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
E. 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.
T RACKA: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
T RACKB: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
F. 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.
G. POSC/PADM 495 is the culminating experience course for all students receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Locations

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree is available at the following locations:

Main Campus, Day Program
Online Campus
Lake of the Ozarks, MO