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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts in political science program is designed for students who plan to enter graduate or law school, or who choose to pursue careers in government services at the federal, state and local levels, international affairs and teaching. The department focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and processes. Courses include an overview of political science as a discipline. The field includes instructions in comparative government and politics, American government, state and local government, political parties and interests groups, political science research, transnational concerns and politics, politics of third world countries and political theory.

In addition to the Major Requirements, the political science program offers its majors an opportunity to engage in meaningful field experience in Washington, D.C.; Tallahassee, Florida; and other cities.


Program Outcome 1: Command of Content

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with common themes, including: the institutions of government and politics at the local, state, national and international level; the roles of actors, elites, masses and institutions in the governmental process; compare and contrast alternative economic and political systems; study the history and significance of imperialism and globalization; the importance and dynamics that revolve around the protection of human rights, protecting the environment, and other transnational concerns; identify historical themes and events affecting current events.
  • Students will understand the research processes of Political Science

Program Outcome 2: Critical Learning Skills

  • Students will demonstrate learning skills, including analytical and conceptual skills, reading skills and writing skills
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Students will exercise leadership and collaborative skill

Program Outcome 3: Integrated Sense of Identity and Civic Responsibility

  • Students will demonstrate a sense of identity within social and political contexts.
  • Students will demonstrate reflection on global ideas based on self-worth and social and economic justice
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of civic engagement in democratic societies and exhibit a strong sense of civic, social, and environmental responsibility.

Major Requirements:

Refer to the Vertical Curriculum on the next page

Political Science : Total Semester Hours=120

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

First Semester

Total: 13

Second Semester

Total: 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 12

Second Semester

Total: 15


All students MUST see a Student Success Coach to review the details of the vertical curriculum and prerequisites requirements.

GE = General Education Courses

* Based on your placement testing scores, these courses may require prerequisites which may extend the number of semesters needed to complete degree requirements. These prerequisites do not count towards the degree for graduation.

**MARCHlNG BAND MEMBERS ONLY, MUST substitute PE Activity with MUB 110 - Marching Band .

**ROTC MEMBERS ONLY, substitute PE Activity with MY 104 - Basic Military Science  and MYL 104L - Basic Military Science Laboratory . (ROTC)

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