Political Science Degree Requirements

Course or Section

Course Descriptions

Hours Required

Core Curriculum Areas A-E

See VSU Core Curriculum

42 hours needed

Core Curriculum Area F

Course Name

Total Hours Required 18

PHIL 2020

Principles and Logic of Argumentation

3 hours

POLS 2101

Introduction to Political Science

3 hours

POLS 2401

Introduction to Global Issues

3 hours

Foreign Language and Culture

9 hours

PHIL 2010

Fundamentals of Philosophy

0-3 hours

All other Area E Course

0-9 hours

Senior College Curriculum

Course Name

Total Hours Required 60

POLS 3100

Scope and Methods of Political Science

3 hours

POLS 4100 or POLS 4900

Political Science Research Paper or Internship in Political Science

3 hours

Political Science Courses numbered 3000 or above

At least three of eight upper division courses for the major must be 4000 level courses

24 hours

Math 2620 or CS 1000

Statistical Methods or Introduction to Microcomputers

3 hours

ENGL 3030

Writing for Legal and Social Science

3 hours

ARAP 1100, COMM 1050, MUSC 2400, or PHIL 2010

Introduction To The Visual Arts Human Communication Introduction to Music or Fundamentals of Philosophy

3 hours

Minor and/or Elective Courses

Must include at least 6 hours of courses numbered 3000 or above in a single discipline outside of Political Science

21 hours

Total Hours for the Political Science Program

120 Hours

Recommended Four-Year Program of Study for Full-Time Students

The Department assesses the extent to which the program requirements create the desired outcomes by using a variety of techniques. Examples of these assessments (and related educational outcomes) include the following:

Outcome Assessments

  1. Mastery of the material in all required and elective courses in the political science major. As each level serves as a foundation for higher levels, mastery of the core material is requisite to mastery of the major. Outcome #1 is met by successful completion of these courses.
  2. Completion of the capstone experience certifies that a major has met outcome #2, #3, and #4.
  3. An Undergraduate Political Science Major Exit Questionnaire administered to majors by their advisors at the time the majors "check out" for graduation.
  4. Information from the published surveys of students' opinions and alumni perceptions of VSU programs and services conducted by the Office of Institutional Research Planning as well as information from alumni surveys conducted by the Department of Political Science.