B.A. or B.S in Political Science


Program Admissions Requirements

Completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours with at least a 2.25 GPA.
Satisfactory completion of General Education Objectives 1 (English Composition), 2 (Principles of Speech), and 3 (Mathematics).
Completion of the following courses, (or their equivalents) with at least a C grade in each.
POLS 1101American National Government3
POLS 2202Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis3
A signed agreement between the student and a member of the faculty agreeing to academic advising.
Total Credits6

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 33
Objective 46
Objective 57
Objective 6 - POLS 11016
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7 - POLS 2202
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

Major Requirements 

POLS 1101American National Government (Partially Fulfills Objective 6)3
POLS 2202Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis (Fulfills Objective 7)3
POLS 2221Introduction to International Relations3
POLS 3313Introduction to Political Philosophy3
POLS 3331Comparative Politics Framework for Analysis3
POLS 4401Political Parties and Groups3
or POLS 4427 Voting and Public Opinion
POLS 4403The Presidency3
or POLS 4404 The Legislative Process
POLS 4442Constitutional Law3
or POLS 4443 Civil Rights and Liberties
POLS 4460Senior Seminar3
Choose 12 credits of program electives from any of the courses in the political science curriculum (excluding POLS 4459).12
Students who desire to complete a pre-law emphasis should consult with a pre-law advisor in the Department of Political Science.
Total Credits39

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements (w/o General Education)0
General Education37
Major Requirements (w/o General Education)33
Upper Division Free Electives18
Free Electives32
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education