Dec 17, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science (B.A.)


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Program: B.A.
Department of Political Science  
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 209 ~ 260-481-6686


Political science studies basic issues in governance; political structures, processes, and controls; social conditions; and intergovernmental relations. This program helps you prepare to be an informed citizen or public servant; to succeed in a wide variety of careers; or to engage in further study of government, politics, or law.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this degree, students will:

  • Identify basic and explain advanced key terms and concepts in the major fields of the discipline:
    • Political Thought and Philosophy
    • American Government and Politics
    • Comparative Government
    • International Relations
    • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Demonstrate the ability to:
    • Write/communicate clearly and effectively
    • Use quantitative and qualitative research tools appropriately
    • Research and analyze political issues and engage in problem solving
    • Behave ethically and professionally in keeping with disciplinary standards for personal integrity, academic honesty, respect for diversity, and civil dissent and discourse
  • Be prepared for:
    • Those careers outlined in the latest edition of the APSA Careers and the Study of Political Science, and especially careers in government/public service/political system or related areas
    • Graduate study/law school
    • Becoming active and involved citizens and leaders in the local community, the nation, and beyond

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

  • A grade of C- or higher for all courses required in the major and a GPA of 2.00 or higher for all major department courses taken.
  • No more than 9 credits taken at the 100xx level will count toward the major requirements.
  • Credit will not be given for both POL 20001 and POL 40101 courses with the same topic.
  • Neither POL 39800 or POL 48200 may count for more than 6 credits toward the major requirements.
  • Together POL 39800 and POL 48200 may not count for more than 9 credits toward the major requirements.

To earn the B.A. with a major in Political Science, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33


  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details
  • A grade of C- or higher is required in each course used to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne College Requirements link above for details.  Go to Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6


  • See Part A in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree for Speaking requirement

International Language: Credits 14


  • See Part B in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Distribution: Credits 9


  • See Part C in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Choose courses other than POLS

Cultural Studies: Credits 6


  • See Part D in Arts and Sciences Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses Credits: 33


Concentration Area Courses: Credits 12


Variable Topics Courses


The following courses are not listed in the concentration areas below; however, credit can be assigned to one of the concentration areas based on the course topic.

Additional Political Science Courses: Credits 12


  • Choose an additional 12 credits of POLS courses noting program restrictions:
    • No more than 9 credits taken at the 100xx level will count toward the major requirements
    • Credit will not be given for both POL 20001 and POL 40101 courses with the same topic.
    • Neither POL 39800 or POL 48200 may count for more than 6 credits toward the major requirements.
    • Together POL 39800 and POL 48200 may not count for more than 9 credits toward the major requirements.

General Electives


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120


Student Responsibility


You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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