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Political Science

Political Science2018-08-29T13:37:39-05:00

Students of Political Science study more than the history and structure of governments; they delve into how governments shape human events and continue to affect everyday lives. In today’s dynamic political times, studying Political Science is more relevant than ever.

Career Opportunities
A Political Science degree prepares you for a variety of career fields, including:

  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law

Students can earn a Political Science minor with an emphasis in American politics or international affairs. Or they can further tailor the concentration, combining a minor in Political Science with Peace and Conflict Studies. Political Science also partners well as a minor with many other degrees, such as communication, business, economics or legal studies and provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate work in law, finance, public policy, business and more.

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Political Science (Bachelor of Arts, B.A.)

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
ECO 101Current Issues in the Economy3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
PSC 101American National Government3
PSC 110American State and Local Government3
PSC 200International Politics3
PSC 210Comparative Political Systems3
PSC 280Scope and Methods3
PSC 310Political Theory3
PSC 490Capstone Practicum in Political Science3-12
Select three credit hours from Sociology courses numbered 3003
HIS 150American History since 18653
Select fifteen credit hours from Political Science courses numbered 300 or higher15
Bachelor of Arts Foreign Language Requirement
Credit hours in one language12

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all Political Science courses required in the major.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Earn 12 credit hours in one foreign language.
  8. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  9. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Political Science (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
42-47
Major Requirements
ECO 101Current Issues in the Economy3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
PSC 101American National Government3
PSC 110American State and Local Government3
PSC 200International Politics3
PSC 210Comparative Political Systems3
PSC 280Scope and Methods3
PSC 310Political Theory3
PSC 490Capstone Practicum in Political Science3-12
Select three credit hours from Sociology courses numbered 300 or higher3
HIS 150American History since 18653
Select fifteen credit hours from Political Science courses numbered 300 or higher15

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and above, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper division courses.  Lower division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional course work (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn a grade of C or higher in all Political Science courses required in the major.
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  8. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Economics, Political Science and Sociology Department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.