Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Political Science Degree Requirements

Required Courses (take these 16 hours)

  • POLS 2313 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 2353 Introduction to Comparative Politics 
  • POLS 2713 Introduction to State & Local Government 
  • POLS 2813 Introduction to Political Theory 
  • POLS 3083 Scope & Methods of Political Science
  • POLS 4971 Political Science Capstone

American Institutions (select 6 hours)

  • POLS 2623 Public Policy
  • POLS 3513 Legislative Process
  • POLS 3543 American Presidency
  • POLS 4213 Political Parties
  • POLS 4233 Interest Groups in U.S. Politics
  • POLS 4633 Public Personnel Administration
  • POLS 4653 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • POLS 4733 Constitutional Law I
  • POLS 4833 Constitutional Law II

Political Behavior (select 6 hours)

  • POLS 4133 Southern Politics
  • POLS 4183 Political Propaganda
  • POLS 4253 Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • POLS 4263 Politics and the American Indian
  • POLS 4273 Race and Politics
  • POLS 4283 Campaigns and Elections
  • POLS 4293 Political Communication and the Media

International Relations & Comparative Politics (select 6 hours)

  • POLS 4153 Regional Politics (up to 6 hours)
  • POLS 4603 Topics in Global Issues (up to 6 hours)
  • POLS 4413 American Foreign Policy

Political Theory (select 3 hours)

  • POLS 4533 Contemporary Political Theory
  • POLS 4543 Philosophy of Law
  • POLS 4573 American Political Thought

Political Science Advanced Elective (3 hours)

Choose from any 3000-4000 level POLS course not used above.

TOTAL HOURS IN THE MAJOR: 40

At least 80 hours must be in Liberal Arts & Sciences courses (marked with # symbol in NSU catalog).

Total hours must include at least 40 hours in upper-division (3000 & 4000 level) courses.

At least 60 hours must be from a 4-year institution.