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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived 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 ~ ipfw.edu/political-science

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

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; and
  • Behave ethically and professionally in keeping with disciplinary standards for personal integrity, academic honesty, respect for diversity, and civil dissent and discourse.

To 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.

To earn the B.A. with a major in political science, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and complete the following courses:

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

English Writing and Speaking

  • See Arts and Sciences Part A for Speaking requirement 

Foreign Language

  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 14

Distribution (not in POLS)

  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part C Credits: 9

Cultural Studies

  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part D Credits: 6

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses Credits: 33

No more than 9 credits can be taken at the 100 level to count toward the major requirements. Credit will not be given for both Y200 and Y401 with the same topic.

Concentration Areas:

The following courses are variable topics courses and are thus not listed in the concentration areas below.  For variable topics courses, credit will be assigned to one of the concentration areas based on the course’s topic.

Additional Political Science Credits: 12

General Elective Courses

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120


Neither Y398 (Internship in Urban Institutions) nor Y482 (Practicum) may count for more than 6 credits for the major; these two courses together may not count for more than 9 credits for the major.

Core Courses:

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