B.A. or B.S in Political Science

Department website: https://www.isu.edu/polisci/

Program Admissions Requirements

Completion of the following courses, (or their equivalents) with at least a C grade in each.
POLS 1101American National Government3
POLS 1102Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis3

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 1102
Objective 8
Objective 9 - POLS 22313
Total Credits37

Major Requirements 

POLS 1101American National Government (Partially Fulfills Objective 6)3
POLS 1102Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis (Fulfills Objective 7)3
POLS 2221Introduction to International Relations3
POLS 2213Introduction to Political Philosophy3
POLS 2231Introduction to Comparative Politics (Fulfills Objective 9)3
POLS 3319Political Science Research Design3
POLS 4460Senior Seminar3
Upper division Political Science Electives18
One course in American Politics 1
One course in International Politics 2
One course in Political Theory. 3
Three more upper division Political Science courses, excluding POLS 4459
Students who desire to complete a pre-law emphasis should consult with a pre-law advisor in the Department of Political Science.
Total Credits39

 American Politics courses include the following:  POLS 4401, POLS 4403, POLS 4404, POLS 4405, POLS 4406, POLS 4427, POLS 4428, POLS 4442, POLS 4443, POLS 4444.


International Politics courses include the following: POLS 4425, POLS 4432, POLS 4433, POLS 4434, POLS 4435, POLS 4462.


Political Theory courses include the following: POLS 4411, POLS 4418, POLS 4420,POLS 4421, POLS 4445.

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements (w/o General Education)0
General Education37
Major Requirements (w/o General Education)30
Upper Division Free Electives12
Free Electives41
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)