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2021-2023 University Catalog 
    
2021-2023 University Catalog

Political Science, BA (CIP 45.1001)


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The mission of the Political Science program is to develop students’ critical thining, research, and communication skills, and develop political literacy through performing civic engagement activities.

 

Outline


The following outline of courses details requirements for the Bachelor Arts in Political Science. Meeting graduation requirements is the responsibility of the student. 

Plan of Study


The Plan of Study includes the following degree requirements: Major Core Requirements, Free Electives, and the University General Education Program Requirements. Students must earn a “C” or better in all Major Core Requirements.

Major Core Requirements (42)


Free Electives (36)

Degree Totals


  Required  
Major Core Requirments 42  
Free Electives 36  
University GEP   42  

Total Degree Hours: 120


General Education Program Requirements 42 Credit Hours


University GEP Core Requirements: Minimum of forty-two (42) hours is required. Students who enter as a first-time freshman must take an entrance assessment.  A minimum grade of “C” is required in English (ENGL 131, ENGL 132, COMM 201) and Mathematics (MATH 131).  Students that have course requirements waived must satisfy the MINIMUM required hours of 120 in order to graduate.

 

 

First and Second-Year Experience - 4 credits


Freshmen are required to complete the First Year and Second Year Experience classes.

Communication Skills - 9 Credits


Written and Oral Communication Definition:

Written and Oral Communications is the ability to impart and interchange information of ideas within a meaningful context using various rhetorical modes such as descriptive, informative, analytical and argumentative writing.

All students are required to take ENGL 131, ENGL 132, COMM 201. Some students will be required to take ENGL 150 and LIS 150.

Spiritual Development - 3 credits


Critical thinking is characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Spiritual development is the ability to understand diverse religions and to develop positive spiritual growth.

Health and Wellness - 4 credits


Ability to understand, develop and adopt positive behaviors and life strategies that promote physical, mental, emotional, social well-being.

STEM - 7 credits


Science - 4 credits


Student must take one science course with lab (3 credit + 1 credit) = 4 credits required.

Note that STEM majors will take BIOL 133 + Lab and CHEM 141 + Lab.

Mathematics - 3 credits


Students are required to take three credit hours of mathematics (MATH 131 or higher). Note 1: STEM majors are required to take MATH 135 and MATH 231. Note 2: Accounting and Business majors are required to take MATH 135 and either MATH 224 or MATH 231. All other majors can satisfy mathematics requirements by taking  MATH 131 and MATH 132 or MATH 174.  

Social Science - 3 credits


History - 3 credits


Fine Arts - 3 credits


Any 100/200 level course from the following subjects:

  • ART
  • FIM
  • MUS or 
  • THE

Behavioral Science - 3 credits


Any 100/200 level PSYCH, SOC or CJ course 

World Languages - 3 credits


FL _ 131 or higher (3)

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