Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 120
Entry Terms Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Pursue Your Passion for Politics

If you are interested in politics, history, law, government, or journalism, then a degree in political science might be right for you. The Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree program examines political institutions, the social and economic forces that shape them, the cultural context within which they operate, and human behavior in political matters. As a political science major, you will hone your analytical and problem-solving abilities and improve your communication skills.

Featuring courses in American government, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and foreign policy, this dynamic program allows you the freedom to tailor your degree by choosing from several open electives. In addition to providing a solid foundation for continuing on to graduate school, a bachelor's degree in political science can lead to an exciting career in government, law, business, education, or politics.

Put Your Degree to Work


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a majority of those with bachelor’s degrees in political science find employment in niche areas with specialized titles, such as market analyst, research assistant, writer, or policy analyst. Generally speaking, the job outlook for political scientists is very promising, as the field is projected to continue growing over the next several years.  

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Curriculum

Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.


General Foundation Courses (21 s.h.)

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106 College Writing 1 Lab 1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2 3 s.h.
ENG 1108 College Writing 2 Lab 1 s.h.
ENG 3107 Writing for the Professions-Business & Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ENG 3108 Writing for the Professions-Business & Social Sciences Lab 1 s.h.
  Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 3 s.h.
  Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation 3 s.h.
  Engaging Difference and Diversity 3 s.h.

 

Political Science Foundation Courses (36 s.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

MTH 1100 College Algebra  3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
PHL 1100 Social and Political Philosophy 3 s.h.
PHL 2120 Ethical Issues in Communication 3 s.h.
HST 1101 Civilization of the Modern World 3 s.h.
HST 1250 American History 2: Reconstruction to the Present 3 s.h.
ECN 1200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
ITC 1000
   or
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
   or
End User Data Analysis Tools
3 s.h.
CMN 1100 Organizational Communication 3 s.h.

Complete three of the following courses:

HST 2150 The World Since 1945 3 s.h.
ECN 2350 Comparative Economic Systems 3 s.h.
ECN 1100 Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.
CMN 3100 Negotiation 3 s.h.
ANT 1150 Cultural Anthropology 3 s.h.


Major Required Courses (15 s.h.)

POL 1120 International Relations 3 s.h.
POL 1200 Comparative Politics 3 s.h.
POL 1300 American Government 3 s.h.
POL 2430 Survey of Political Thought 3 s.h.
POL 3400 Political Science Research Methods 3 s.h.


Major Elective Courses (18 s.h.)

Students take six courses (18 credits) from the following list. Students may elect to use fiver of these courses to satisfy a concentration*:

POL 2315 State and Local Government 3 s.h.
POL 2320 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3 s.h.
POL 3126 Global Governance 3 s.h.
POL 3135 International Conflict and Negotiation 3 s.h.
POL 3140 International Security 3 s.h.
POL 3210 Nationalism 3 s.h.
POL 3220 Democracy in Comparative Politics 3 s.h.
POL 3310 Civil Liberties 3 s.h.
POL 3320 American Foreign Policy 3 s.h.
POL 3330 Politics and Mass Media 3 s.h.

 

Required Capstone (3 s.h.)

POL 4850 Political Science Capstone 3 s.h.


Open Electives (27 s.h.)

 

Required minimum credit hours: 120 s.h.

 

*Optional Concentrations


Concentration in International Relations & Comparative Politics

Students must complete all of the following courses to earn the concentration.

POL 3126 Global Governance 3 s.h.
POL 3135 International Conflict and Negotiation 3 s.h.
POL 3140 International Security 3 s.h.
POL 3210 Nationalism 3 s.h.
POL 3220 Democracy in Comparative Politics 3 s.h.

Concentration in American Politics

Students must complete all of the following courses to earn the concentration.

POL 2315 State and Local Government 3 s.h.
POL 2320 Political Parties and Interest Groups 3 s.h.
POL 3320 American Foreign Policy 3 s.h.
POL 3310 Civil Liberties 3 s.h.
POL 3330 Politics and Mass Media 3 s.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $60,480.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree program is well suited for students who wish to continue on to graduate school or pursue a career in law, public administration, or politics.

Careers to consider include:

  • Political scientist
  • Lobbyist
  • Market or survey researcher
  • Judicial worker
  • Legal assistant
  • Intelligence officer
  • High school government teacher
  • Policy or legislative analyst
  • Journalist

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Define and explain concepts like democracy, power, freedom, revolution, dictatorship, and ideology, including their different interpretations over time and how they relate to various political systems.

  2. Broad Integrated Knowledge
    Demonstrate an understanding of the relation between political science, philosophy, history, and sociology, as well as the relevance of this interdisciplinary perspective to contemporary political phenomena.

  3. Intellectual Skills
    Apply critical thinking and writing skills to an informed analysis of politics, including an assessment of the validity of claims by political leaders and analysts, e.g., the extent to which a particular policy promotes human rights, the adequacy of particular governmental programs, or the ability of citizens to participate in and influence the outcome of political decisions.

  4. Applied Learning
    Formulate a response to a specific topic, problem, or issue at the individual level, as well as demonstrating and incorporating insights from others at the collaborative level.

  5. Civic Learning
    Explicate and present the relevance of political science from local, national, and global perspectives, including the idea of active citizenship.

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