Bachelors of Arts: Political Science

Recently rated by U.S. News and World Report and the National Research Council among the top 20 public institutions in the nation for the quality of its program, SGPP offers a wide range of outstanding opportunities for undergraduate studies in Political Science.

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Major Overview

Political Science is the study of government, public policy, and the political behavior of individuals and groups. The discipline uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives to examine the United States, international relations, and all countries and regions of the world. Students will begin their study in survey courses on American political institutions, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.  These courses not only introduce students to concepts in politics, policy issues, government structure, and the relationships among societies and nations, but they also impart analytical and communication skills. Further study of Political Science includes advanced courses on more specific institutions, policies, and aspects of political life throughout the world. The Political Science major assumes no special background or technical expertise beyond a general knowledge of civics and government. Since most political science courses involve a substantial writing component, students should be prepared to write clearly and coherently

Students are required to select a concentration from 7 different areas of study with in the Political Pcience major. Click on the links below to view the overall degree requirements and major concentration outlines.

Overall Major Degree Structure

Major Concentration Outlines

Four-Year Plans

  • POL Major General Concentration