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Bachelor of Arts in Government

The 57-credit major is designed for the student with a strong interest in the political realm who wishes to combine such interest with study of another major or minor field. The 72-credit major is designed for those with a more concentrated interest in government who do not wish to complete a structured minor or who may be interested in graduate study in political science. The 82-credit Pre-law Option is designed for students interested in law school or work as a paralegal.
Note: Two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.
Note: No substitutions for courses

What will I study?

57 Credit Option

57 Credit Program Option Course List

Required Introductory Core Courses (15 credits)

GOVT 100 Modern Government in American Context
GOVT 202 Introduction to Political Theory
GOVT 203 Introduction to Comparative Politics
or GOVT 204 Introduction to International Politics

Required Disciplinary Core Courses (30 credits)
Choose two diferent courses from each of the three subfields

400 Level Requirements (5 credits)
Choose one additional 400 level course below GOVT 470

Required Senior Level Courses- (7 credits)
GOVT 490 Senior Capstone: Globalization
GOVT 493 Portfolio Assessment
    

72 Credit Option

72 Credit Program Option Course List

Required Introductory Courses (20 credits)

GOVT 100 Modern Government in American Context
GOVT 202 Introduction to Political Theory
GOVT 203 Introduction to Comparative Politics
GOVT 204 Introduction to International Politics

Disciplinary Core (25 credits)

GOVT 300 U.S. Judicial Process
GOVT 320 International Systems
GOVT 332 The U.S. Presidency
GOVT 335 U.S. Congress
GOVT 313 Ancient & Medieval Political Thought OR
          GOVT 314 Modern Political Thought

Elective Requirements (20 credits)

Choose two 300 level courses from two subfields
Choose two 400 level courses below GOVT 470 from two subfields

Required Senior Level Courses (7 credits)

GOVT 490 Senior Capstone: Globalization
GOVT 493 Portfolio Assessment

  

Pre-Law Option

Pre-Law Option Course List

 Required Introductory Courses (20 credits)

GOVT 100 Modern Government in American Context
GOVT 202 Introduction to Political Theory
GOVT 203 Introduction to Comparative Politics
GOVT 204 Introduction to International Politics

Required Disciplinary Core (25 credits)

GOVT 300 U.S. Judicial Process
GOVT 320 International Systems
GOVT 332 The U.S. Presidency
GOVT 335 U.S. Congress
GOVT 313 Ancient & Medieval Political Thought OR
GOVT 314 Modern Political Thought

Elective Requirements (30 credits)

Choose one 300 level course from Political Philosophy
Choose one 300 level courses from International Relations/Comparative Politics
Choose two 300 level courses from the American Government and Politics
Choose two 400 level courses below GOVT 495  from two subfields

Required Senior Level Courses (7 credits)

GOVT 490 Senior Capstone: Globalization
GOVT 493 Portfolio Assessment

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • demonstrate basic knowledge, skills and values related to various forms and structure in governments, and relate those specifics to political and policy outcomes, as necessary, for responsible and active participation as both national and international citizens
  • effectively apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to political issues, and utilize normative and empirical analysis tools in the study of national and international political realities
  • be able to apply an understanding of foundational and enduring political thought, and ideas throughout history, to questions of politics and policy, at the national and international levels
  • demonstrate an awareness of the role played by race, ethnicity, gender and religion in historic and contemporary political debates, and an awareness of effects of multiculturalism and diversity on domestic and international affairs
  • possess effective communication skills, including the verbal and writing skills needed to communicate clearly and effectively, make persuasive, professional presentations and convey information essential to the discipline, and beyond, in an orderly and understandable manner
  • demonstrate analytical and conceptual skills, reading skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and be able to effectively apply those skill sets to political issues

What could I do with my degree?

  • Employment opportunities for graduates are many and varied. A number of those who graduate each year continue their studies in law or other professional and graduate programs. A similar number find employment in the public sector or with domestic or international business firms. Opportunities also exist in party politics, campaign organizations, the military forces or with the communications media.
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