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BA in Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Political Science prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program examines the study of power in society; particularly with the analysis of authority, power and influence in the making of public policy. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in political science.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major fields in political science
  • Describe the major forms of government, legal systems and political ideologies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic structures, functions and processes of the government and political system of the United States
  • Explain the formation and structure of the international system theory as related to political science
  • Articulate and apply appropriate political science research methodologies

BA in Political Science Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Political Science 36
A. Required Courses 18
  • American National Government
  • Political Theory OR
  • Political Process
  • Comparative Government
  • International Relations
  • Research Methods or Quantitative Methods
  • Macroeconomics
B. Liberal Arts Capstone (LIB-495) (3)
C. Political Science Electives* 15
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • American Politics
    • State and Local Government
    • African-Americans & American Politics
    • Elections and Voting Behavior
  • Comparative Politics
    • Introduction to Asian Political Systems
    • Public Policy in Comparative Perspectives
    • Comparative Political Systems
    • Comparative Political Development of Latin America
    • Comparative State Politics
  • Constitutional Law and Legal Process
    • American Constitutional Law
    • Freedom of Expression
    • Selected Problems in Constitutional Law
  • International Studies
    • Politics and Society in the Far East
    • Governments and Politics of Latin America
    • International Relations
    • International Law
    • Eastern European Government and Politics
  • Political Theory and Process
    • Political Behavior
    • Public Opinion and Propaganda
    • Contemporary Political Thought
    • Selected Topics In Political Thought
    • American Political Thought
    • Public Administration
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Public Personnel Administration
    • Intergovernmental Relations
    • Governmental Budgeting
  • Urban Politics
    • Comparative Urban Government and Administration
    • The Federal & Urban Areas
    • Politics of Race, Poverty, & Welfare in Urban Areas
  • Political Economy
    • Current Economic & Policies
    • International Economics
    • American Political Economy
  • Policy Studies
    • Foreign Policy
    • Military Policy
    • Electoral Policy
    • Economic Regulation
    • Labor Policy
    • Communication Policy
    • Taxing and Spending Policy
    • Education Policy
    • Land Use Policy
    • Transportation Policy
    • Environmental Policy
    • Technological Policy
    • Health Policy
    • Energy Policy
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 24
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other political science courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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