TCC to NSU Tahlequah: Political Science

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TCC Associate in Arts – Political Science to NSU Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Tulsa Community College to NSU, Smart Choice

Major FAQs

NSU Political Science, B.A.: The Bachelor's degree in Political Science is offered on both the Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses. In addition to a diverse set of core courses and electives in Political Science, NSU has active, student-led delegations in both the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature and Model United Nations. The program also encourages and facilitates our students’ engagement in civic and service-learning activities including providing degree credit in a public service internship. The Political Science degree equips graduates for careers in local, state, and national government, public/governmental relations, and political campaigns. The program serves as excellent preparation for a variety of graduate programs, including law school.

Major guidelines / regulations: Specifically, the Political Science (POLS) major requires 18 hours in core courses, 6 hours in American institutions and politics, 3 hours in political theory, 6 hours in international relations and comparative politics, and 3 elective hours in POLS. The major requires the completion of an 18 hour minor in another discipline.

What it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree from NSU. If you don’t complete your AA at TCC, you will need to meet NSU’s specific general education requirements. You must have at least 124 hours completed to earn a bachelor’s degree. Of those hours, 60 must be from a university (4 year school), 40 must be junior and senior (3000/4000) level, and half of the hours in your major must be from NSU. You must also be both English and computer proficient. This means that you must pass English Composition I & II with a “C” or better and demonstrate computer proficiency (high school or college course work / test). Therefore, when you transfer to NSU, you will likely need to complete around 64 more hours in order to earn your bachelor’s degree.

General FAQs

Transferring to NSU is a seamless process. Although you can transfer to NSU at any time in your academic career, the smoothest transition occurs if you have earned or will earn an AA or AS from TCC. This milestone will also meet your general education requirements at NSU (unless it is a specific NSU requirement for you to graduate).

How do my Tulsa Community Colleges classes transfer to NSU? Every class you take at TCC will transfer to NSU. Each class counts in one of the following categories that make up a bachelor’s degree: general education, major, minor, or free elective. Minors (18 hours) are a coherent set of courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary grouping other than a student's degree program. Free electives can be selected from any academic area. They allow you to explore academic interests outside of your major while counting toward the 124 hours you need to graduate. If you completed a class at TCC that does not meet one of the other specific requirements, it will count as a free elective, up to the first 64 hours. If you complete more than 64 hours at the associate degree level, all courses will transfer to NSU, but only the first 64 hours will apply to your degree. You must have 60 hours from a four-year institution to meet state requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree.

When can you start taking NSU classes? You can begin taking classes at NSU while you are completing your AA or AS at TCC. This is called dual enrollment; many students do this each semester. Consult an NSU academic advisor and a financial aid counselor to see how dual enrollment can work for you.

Freshman Year at TCC

Fall Semester

  • ENGL 1113 Composition I
  • HIST 1483 or 1493 US History
  • POLS 1113 American Federal Government
  • CSCI 1203 Computer Concepts and Applications or recommended elective
  • Required elective (3 hours): PSYCH, Social Sciences, Foreign Language, or Fine Arts

Total: 16 hours

Spring Semester

  • ENGL 1213 Composition II
  • General Education Lab Science (4-5 hours)
  • POLS 2013 Introduction to Comparative Governments
  • MATH 1473 Math for Critical Thinking or MATH 1513 College Algebra
  • Humanities (3 hours)

Total: 16-17 hours

Sophomore Year at TCC

Fall Semester

  • POLS 2033 Introduction to Political Thought
  • POLS 2203 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS Major Recommended Elective (3 hours)
  • General Education Non-Lab Science (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)

Total: 14 hours

Spring Semester

  • POLS 2133 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 2103 Introduction to State & Local Government
  • POLS Major Recommended Elective (6 hours)
  • COMM 1113 Public Speaking

Total: 15 hours

Junior Year at NSU

Fall Semester

  • POLS 3083 Scope & Methods of Political Science
  • POLS elective in American Institutions & Politics (3 hours)
  • Minor Course work (6 hours)
  • Electives 3/4000 (3 hours)

Total: 15 hours

Spring Semester

  • POLS elective in Political Theory (3 hours)
  • POLS elective in International Relations & Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • Minor Course work (6 hours)
  • Electives 3/4000 (6 hours)

Total: 18 hours

Senior Year at NSU

Fall Semester

  • POLS 3/4000 Elective (3 hours)
  • POLS elective in American Institutions & Politics (3 hours)
  • Minor Course work (3 hours)
  • Electives 3/4000 (6 hours)

Total: 15 hours

Spring Semester

  • POLS 4733 United State Constitutional Law
  • POLS elective 3/4000 (3 hours)
  • Minor Course work (3 hours)
  • Electives 3/4000 (6 hours)

Total: 15 hours

Additional Graduation Requirements at NSU

  • Students must complete 40 hours of 3000/4000 level course work
  • At least one-half (50%) of the hours required in the major must be from NSU
  • Students must earn 60 hours from a 4-year institution; 30 hours required from NSU
  • Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.0.

Total Hours

Total hours transferred from Tulsa Community College: 61

Total hours needed from a 4 year university to complete Political Science, BA: 63 (124 total hours)


For further information, contact Dr. Dan Savage, Department Chair, 918-444-3506,