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 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. The concentration in International Affairs is offered at the Flagship Campus only and is suited for students who wish to pursue more focused studies in foreign policy, international organizations, war and diplomacy. Students will examine how governments interact with one another on the world stage, including how nations interact and cooperate in times of peace and times of war, how leaders and countries strategize and make decisions, and how economics interact with politics in order to shape policy outcomes. This program is designed for students with an interest in public policy, international organizations, and foreign affairs, as well as those seeking an academic foundation for work in political campaigns, think tanks, or the legal profession.
The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its goals:
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):
To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Concentration in International Relations, students must complete 120 credit hours as described below. The length of this program is approximately 40 months (this will vary if a student transfers in credits).
|Lower Division Political Science Major Courses (24.0 credit hours)|
|Intro to American Government, Comparative Politics & Int’l Relations||3.0 credit hours|
|Political Science||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics||3.0 credit hours|
|International Relations||3.0 credit hours|
|Introduction to Political Theory||3.0 credit hours|
|Politics of the Developing World||3.0 credit hours|
|US Latin American Relations||3.0 credit hours|
|Domestic and International||3.0 credit hours|
|Behavioral/Social Science (6.0 credit hours)|
|American History Pre 1876 (required)||3.0 credit hours|
|American History Since 1876 (required)||3.0 credit hours|
|Communications (3.0 credit hours)|
|Speech||3.0 credit hours|
|Computers (3.0 credit hours)|
|Introduction to Computers||3.0 credit hours|
|Economics (3.0 credit hours)|
|Macroeconomics (required)||3.0 credit hours|
|English (6.0 credit hours)|
|English Composition I||3.0 credit hours|
|English Composition II||3.0 credit hours|
|Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)|
|American Literature||3.0 credit hours|
|English Literature||3.0 credit hours|
|Contemporary World Literature||3.0 credit hours|
|Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)|
|College Algebra||3.0 credit hours|
|College Math||3.0 credit hours|
|Applications of Mathematics||3.0 credit hours|
|Statistics (required)||3.0 credit hours|
|Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)|
|General Biology||3.0 credit hours|
|Environmental Science (required)||3.0 credit hours|
|Upper Division Political Science Major Courses (36.0 credit hours)|
|American Foreign Policy||3.0 credit hours|
|Terrorism and Public Safety||3.0 credit hours|
|Women, Gender and I.R.||3.0 credit hours|
|International Organizations||3.0 credit hours|
|Seminar in Political Culture||3.0 credit hours|
|Undergraduate Research in International Relations||3.0 credit hours|
|Middle East Foreign Policy||3.0 credit hours|
|The World Economy||3.0 credit hours|
|Issues in International Policy||3.0 credit hours|
|American Constitutional Law||3.0 credit hours|
|Environmental Politics||3.0 credit hours|
|Immigration Law||3.0 credit hours|
|Upper Division Major Electives Courses (15.0 credit hours)|
|Intro to Public Policy||3.0 credit hours|
|Mass Media and Politics||3.0 credit hours|
|The American Presidency||3.0 credit hours|
|Voting Behavior & Public Opinion||3.0 credit hours|
|The Campaign Process||3.0 credit hours|
|Religion and Politics||3.0 credit hours|
|Intergovernmental Relations||3.0 credit hours|
|Politics of U.S. Immigration||3.0 credit hours|
Upper-division electives can also be selected from other courses in Business, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Communications, or other disciplines upon approval of the Program Director and Academic Advisor.
|Upper Division General Education Courses (9.0 credit hours)|
|Conflict Resolution||3.0 credit hours|
|Critical Thinking||3.0 credit hours|
|Intermediate Statistics (pre-req STA 2023)||3.0 credit hours|
Note: All lower division major and general education courses must be successfully completed before upper division courses are undertaken. POS2001 is a prerequisite for ALL courses in the major, both lower division and upper division.
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