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Political Science, BA (Poli Sci)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science explores government policy, processes, political campaigning, political theory, legal studies, and international relations. The degree has a strong liberal arts focus and research focus designed to prepare students for graduate level training in a variety of disciplines along with entry-level work in a host of disparate fields. This is a broad-spectrum program that introduces students to the general study of the field of political science, and is suited for students with an interest in public policy, foreign affairs, issues in immigration and the environment as well as those seeking an academic foundation for work in political campaigns.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its goals:

  • Explain the functions of government in American society.
  • Explain the differences between various government and economic systems.
  • Explain various political theories.
  • Apply a framework for understanding the political, economic, social, historical, and philosophical underpinnings of various political theories.
  • Analyze the role of US foreign policy in the world today.
  • Understand the stressors that population, natural resources, and environmental issues have on political frameworks.
  • Understand the role of public opinion on political behavior.
  • Analyze the role of mass media in the political system.
  • Analyze regional tensions and regional powers in order to explain their significance to global relations.
  • Develop an understanding of APA format and writing in the field of political science.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

Completion of all lower level courses with a “C” or better.

The following lower division courses, if not taken as part of an associate’s program, must be successfully completed before beginning upper division major courses ( Course equivalency is established by the dean of academic affairs from official transcripts received from regionally accredited institutions ):

  • Environmental Science
  • Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
  • Macroeconomics
  • English Composition II
  • International Relations
  • College Algebra OR College Mathematics OR Applications of Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Intro to Political Theory
  • Statistics

Program Outline

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science requires 120.0 upper division semester credit hours consisting of 36 credits in lower division general education courses, 24 credits in lower division major courses, 12 credits in upper division general education courses, and 48 credits in upper division major. A total of 120 semester credit hours are required for the degree.

Political Science Major Courses: ( 48.0 credit hours )
Intergovernmental Relations 3.0 credit hours
Mass Media and Politics 3.0 credit hours
The American Presidency 3.0 credit hours
Voting Behavior and Public Opinion 3.0 credit hours
The Campaign Process 3.0 credit hours
Religion and Politics 3.0 credit hours
Intro to Public Policy 3.0 credit hours
Great Political Thinkers 3.0 credit hours
Middle East Foreign Policy 3.0 credit hours
Environmental Politics 3.0 credit hours
Public Finance 3.0 credit hours
The World Economy 3.0 credit hours
Urban Government Social Policy 3.0 credit hours
American Constitutional Law 3.0 credit hours
Immigration Law 3.0 credit hours
Issues in International Policy 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses ( 12.0 credit hours )
Conflict Resolution 3.0 credit hours
History of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Intermediate Statistics 3.0 credit hours

General Education Courses ( 36.0 credit hours )

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