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Political Science (International Relations Concentration), BA

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This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Flagship Residential Campus

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.

Program Objectives

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

  • Explain the functions of government in American society and the global community;
  • Explain the differences between various government and economic systems;
  • 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;
  • Analyze the ways in which countries interact in times of war and times of peace;
  • Understand the stressors that population, natural resources, and environmental issues have on political frameworks;
  • 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;
  • Analyze how politics and economics interact in order to shape policy outcomes;
  • 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

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 Courses

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 Courses

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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