Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Political Science (B.A.)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Program Descriptions

Program: B.A.
Department of Political Science  
College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Building 209 ~ 260-481-6686

Political Science is the study of how power, in its many forms, is used to organize human social relations. Our courses analyze how government and politics work at all levels of society, from the national, state, and local to the international. They also explore, in a rigorous and non-partisan way, the ethical dimensions of political debates.

Students who study Political Science not only become better-informed citizens; they also develop expertise in oral argument, written analysis, and critical thinking, all of which are in high demand from public- and private-sector employers in government, politics, law, education, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Our graduates have an outstanding record of success in gaining admission to top graduate schools and law schools, winning major national scholarships, and achieving leadership success in many professional fields.

For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach Political Science in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree  Program and the School of Education  page in this catalog.  Note:  The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Liberal Arts.  See Program Requirements below for a link to the Secondary Education - Second Degree 4-Year Plan.

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to:
    • Communicate and write clearly and effectively
    • Use quantitative and qualitative analytical skills in appropriate situations
    • Analyze social and political issues with cutting-edge problem solving skills
    • Lead and engage others ethically and professionally with personal integrity, academic and professional honesty, respect for diversity, and civil deliberation, dissent, and discourse
  • Be prepared for:
    • Careers in public and private sectors, especially in the fields of government, politics, law, and public service (for a detailed account, see the latest edition of the American Political Science Association’s Careers and the Study of Political Science)
    • Graduate study/law school
    • Active and engaged leadership and citizenship in one’s community, the nation, and beyond
  • In the discipline, 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

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

Political Science (B.A.) 4-Year Plan :

  • A grade of C- or higher in all department courses required for the major and an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses required in the major.
  • 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.

Political Science (B.A.) with Secondary Education 4-Year Plan :

  • Students pursuing a double degree (BSED and BA/BS) in Secondary Education with History, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology require a minor.  They may choose a minor in any of the following programs, provided the minor is different than the major: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Exceptional Needs-Mild Intervention, French, German, History, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Spanish.   See below for examples of 4-year plans.  Contact your History or Education advisor for assistance choosing your specific minor.

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.
  • Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

  • Recommended courses for Category A3 - Quantitative Reasoning are:  MA 14000 or MA 15300

College of Liberal Arts Course Requirements

Click on the PFW College of Liberal Arts link above for detailed information on college requirements.

Introduction to the Liberal Arts: Credits 3

International Language: Credits 12

You must complete two courses at the first-year level and two courses at the second-year level in a single international language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).  Click on the PFW College of Liberal Arts link above for more details.

Thematic Requirements: Credits 15

Students will take one course in each of these five areas to ensure that they have an opportunity to deepen their traditional liberal arts education while also preparing for a culturally diverse, technologically advanced, and increasingly globalized and complex world:

  1. Gender, Sexuality, Race, and/or Ethnicity:  Credits 3
  2. Conflict and Cooperation:  Credits 3
  3. Institutions and Behavior:  Credits 3
  4. Regional/Geographic Study:  Credits 3
  5. Digital Humanities/Public Humanities:  Credits 3

List of Courses and Stipulations for the COLA Thematic Requirements 

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 ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. 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. 

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Program Descriptions