Program Details

Explore the Department of Political Science's program descriptions and requirements to get a feel for the coursework. Recipients of these degrees will be ready to face the world and make an impact!

Political Science Degree

  • About Political Science

    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    The major in Political Science leads to the Bachelor of Arts Degree. Political scientists study government at all stages in their development, the process by which political decisions are made and various matters that affect government behavior. The specific subfields of the discipline include American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory, public law, and public administration. Students majoring in the program have traditionally pursued careers in law, business, teaching, journalism, and government. The study of Political Science is of value in that all persons need an understanding of the political system which governs their lives. More than minimal knowledge of political systems, however, is required for those who would be employed by them. The law and public administration, for example, are creatures of government and politics. The thirty-hour course requirement in the major program permits the students the flexibility to obtain a second major or minor in the other areas of personal and professional interest. Students majoring in Political Science and Legal Assistant Studies are able to gain work experience related to their major through the VSU Co-op Program. Such experience may prove valuable in terms of career exploration, acquisition of new skills, and career development. Students seeking more information should contact their academic advisors or the Office of Cooperative Education at (229) 333-7172.

    DEGREE PLANNING

    To help with Degree Planning students are encouraged to review the Department’s Five-Year Course rotation.  In addition, for other questions, students can contact our advisor Kyle Rudrow.  Any other questions can be directed toward the Department of Political Science at (229) 333-5771.

    SELECTED OUTCOMES

    Examples of desired outcomes within the major of Political Science includes the following:

    1. Political science majors will possess the requisite knowledge of the American Political System, including an understanding of the structure and process of the federal, state, and local governments, enabling them to become informed and responsible citizens.

    2. Political science majors will demonstrate knowledge of computer concepts and terminology, enabling them to use at least two software tools, such as word processors, spreadsheets, database management systems, or statistical packages.

    3. Political science majors will be skilled in inquiry, logical reasoning, and critical analysis, enabling arguments, synthesize facts and information and offer logical arguments leading to creative solutions to problems

    4. Political science majors will recognize and understand issues in applied ethics. They will understand their own value systems in relation to other value systems.

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  • Degree Requirements

    Course or Section

    Course Descriptions

    Hours Required

    Core Curriculum Areas A-E

    See VSU Core Curriculum

    42 hours

    Core Curriculum Area F

    Course Name

    18 hours

    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
    Senior College Curriculum Course Name
    POLS 3100 Scope and Methods of Political Science                 3 hours

    POLS 4100

    Capstone Course

    3 hours

    POLS Courses  3000 or above

    Course Name

    ENGL 3030

    Writing for Legal and Social Science                    

    3 hours

    PHIL 3130 or 4120 or 4220

                                                                         

    3 hours
    Required Political Science Courses

    12 hours

    Concentration Area

    12 hours

    Non-Concentration area in Political Science

    15 hours

    Minor and/or Elective Courses

    Must include at least 6 hrs of courses 3000 or above in a single discipline outside of POLS

    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.

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MINORS

  • Political Science

    Program Description

    The opportunity to explore American and World Politics is the key area for the Political Science minor. The students in this field are widely diverse. Their majors include English, Criminal Justice, Sociology, and History. Students pursuing an English major typically use this minor as a way to pursue journalism. Also, Criminal Justice majors are welcomed to study the constitutional framework which underpins the criminal justice systems. Sociology majors benefit from courses that deal with the role of citizens and groups in the political system. History majors could find out about more contemporary aspects of history that would supplement their course work.

    Curriculum for Political Science Minor

    POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science 3 hours
    POLS 2401 Introduction to Global Issues 3 hours
    3000-4000 Level Courses * 12 hours

    Total Hours for Minor: 18 hours
    *At least six hours must come from the 4000 level. 

  • Public Administration

    Program Description

    Students wanting to pursue employment with government organizations are strongly advised to pursue a degree in Public Administration. The minor offers you insight into government regulations in defense, housing, and environmental areas.

    Curriculum for Public Administration Minor

    POLS 3600 3 hours

    12 hours from the following courses

    POLS 3610
    POLS 4220
    POLS 4600
    POLS 4610
    POLS 4620
    POLS 4630
    POLS 4640
    POLS 4650
    POLS 4660
    POLS 4670
    POLS 4680

    Hours Needed for Minor: 15 hours total