Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Campus Locations Boston, Online
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Credits Required for Graduation 160
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters 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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Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.

 


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.


Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.


Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:

 

ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.


Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.


Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY

 

Suggested courses:

 

BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.


Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:

 

HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:

 

HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.

 

Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.


*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Curriculum

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: 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.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Foundation Courses (36 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

HST 1001 The Civilization of the Ancient & Medieval World 3 q.h.
HST 1002 The Civilization of the Early Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 1003 The Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.

Complete twenty-one credits of Humanities electives from the following prefixes:

ART, CMN, ENG, JRN, PHL, TCC, or a modern foreign language 21 q.h.

Complete nine credits of Social Science electives from the following prefixes:

CJS, ECN, HST, POL, PSY 9 q.h.

Complete three credits of Math-Science electives from the following prefixes:

BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, MTH, PHY   3 q.h.

Major Courses (57 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

ECN 2001 Statistics 1    3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.
POL 1001 Introduction to Politics 3 q.h.
POL 1250 Introduction to American Government 3 q.h.
POL 1370 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 q.h.
POL 2400 International Relations 3 q.h.
POL 3003 Introduction to Political Theory 3 q.h.
SOC 3631 Research Methods: Generating and Investigating Research Problems 3 q.h.
POL 4950 Senior Research Seminar/Project 3 q.h.

Complete three of the following courses:

POL 3100 American Political Thought 3 q.h.
POL 3110 Political Parties and Pressure Groups 3 q.h.
POL 3115 State and Local Government 3 q.h.
POL 3125 The Congress 3 q.h.
POL 3130 American Constitutional Law 3 q.h.
POL 3235 Criminal and Civil Due Process 3 q.h.

Complete three of the following courses:

POL 2500 Comparative Politics 3 q.h.
POL 2805 International Organizations 3 q.h.
POL 2840 American Foreign Policy 3 q.h.
POL 2515 Africa Today 3 q.h.
POL 2520 Government and Politics in the Middle East 3 q.h.

Complete twelve credits of Political Science electives:

POL 12 q.h.

 

Non-Business Electives (11 q.h.)

Open Electives (23 q.h.)

 

Required minimum credit hours: 160 q.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 quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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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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