Political Science Program


Political science is the study of governments, public policies, and political behavior. Political science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine public power, social transformations, the nature of democracies, elections, public opinion, constitutions, technology and society, public policy, and similar issues. The Political Science program offers courses in the following fields: American Government, Criminal Justice, Public Policy and Administration, Political Theory, Research Methodology, and International Affairs.

Major & Minor Requirements

Political Science Major Requirements

Political Science Major – Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of University courses. Included in the 120 semester hours are 36 hours of political science courses and 12 hours in a Minor area. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in the major courses.

Political Science Minor Requirements

Students desiring to Minor in Political Science must complete 18 semester hours in Political Science, including POLI 110 and 215.

  1. Students must complete at least 18 credits in Political Science courses (POLI).  (The minor is to be pursued in an area apart from the student’s major.)
  2. A minimum of 12 of the 18 minor credits must be in courses at the 200-level or above.
  3. A student must complete at least 24 hours of academic credits before declaring a minor, and must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  4. A student may have not more than two minors.
  5. The minor will be printed on the transcript and not the diploma.