B.A. in Political Science

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree explores the American political system, public administration and policy, political theories, international relations and comparative political systems. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First-Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
POS 100  Introduction to Political Science 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 9
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  English Composition II  OR  ENG 211 Business Writing I  OR  ENG 217 Scientific and Technical Writing I  OR  HON 250 Honors Composition II 3
POS 105  American Politics  3
General Education Courses 9
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
Political Science Electives  6
General Education Courses
9
   
Fourth Semester 15
Political Science Electives  6
General Education Courses
6
Minor  OR  Elective Course 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
POS 301  Research Methods in Political Science
3
Political Science Elective
3
Minor  OR  Elective Course 9
   
Sixth Semester 15
Political Science Electives
6
Minor  OR  Elective Courses
9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
Political Science Electives 6
Minor  OR  Elective Courses 9
   
Eighth Semester 15
POS 450  Seminar in American Politics 3
Political Science Elective 3
Minor  OR  Elective Courses 9
Total 120

Program Requirements

Required Major Courses

  • POS 100  Introduction to Political Science
  • POS 105  American Politics
  • POS 301  Research Methods in Political Science
  • POS 450  Seminar in Politics

Select one from each list (12 credits total): 

  • American Politics: POS 303, 306, 310, 311, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 329, 344, 415
  • International Relations/Comparative Politics: POS 210, 312, 320, 323, 325, 326, 336, 340, 346, 360, 381
  • Political Theory: POS 307, 327, 330, 347, 348
  • Public Administration/Public Policy: POS 300, 308, 317, 335, 344, 355, 365, 370, 375

Political Science Electives

  • Six courses (18 credits)

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/political-science/index.aspx