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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, B.A. (CCG, Day)

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The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science offers students the opportunity to examine government from theoretical and practical perspectives. As a discipline, Political Science is concerned with theoretical issues such as democracy, justice and equality, and also with such practical issues as the constitutional structure of governments and the relations between branches and levels of government. Political Science also cultivates an understanding of governmental systems in other areas of the world, the manner in which nations interact, and various modes of citizen participation.
Students are exposed to these concepts in the classroom and by enrolling in governmentally related internships. Other learning experiences are also available, including participation in the Columbia College Mock Trial Team and Model United Nations Team.
A degree in Political Science can lead to careers in government, international affairs, journalism, politics, public relations, graduate study in law, public administration, political science and other academic fields. Because of its immediacy, breadth, blend of quantitative and qualitative skill development and focus on effective communication, Political Science is highly ranked as a major that delivers the top ten skills employers seek in college graduates.

General Education Requirements (39-42 sem. hrs)

For a complete list of general education courses click here ​. For additional information on general education requirements click here .

Ethics Course Requirement (3 sem. hrs)

Foreign Language Requirement (6 sem. hrs)

For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click here .

Political Science Electives (27 sem. hrs)

Any course with the POSC prefix at the 200 level or higher may be used to fulfill major electives. However, students must take a minimum of twelve hours from each of the following two emphases. A maximum of six hours may be taken as POSC 399 - Political Science Internship 1-3 hours .

Other Electives (24-27 sem. hrs)

Total: 120 (sem. hrs)

The total reflects the minimum number of hours to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Some courses listed above may fulfill more than one requirement block. Please speak to your academic advisor to plan your specific degree path.

Note (s):

Students are encouraged to use elective credits to obtain a minor in a related academic field.

POSC 495 - Senior Seminar in Political Science and Public Administration 3 hours  is the culminating experience course for all students receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

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