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2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Political Science, (BA)

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Degree Requirements: 120 Credits

General Education*  36
Major Core 48
Electives 36
Total Credits 120

*POLS 210  or POLS 220  or BUSN 201  or BUSN 202  (up to 6 credits) are counted above as major credits Those credits also satisfy requirements for the general education program (42 total credits required).

Students majoring in political science (BA) are required to complete sixteen courses (48 hours) in Political Science and select allied fields of Social Studies. The subject areas that the major encompasses include: U.S. Government & Politics, Comparative Government & Politics, World Politics & International Relations, Constitutional & Environmental Law, Political Philosophy, and the Senior Seminar on Globalization and Political Development. The allied field courses include Service Learning, Criminal Justice, Economics, and Tusculum’s cross-disciplinary Citizenship course.

Requirements for the political science major (BA) are:

Special Requirements in the General Education Curriculum

Students seeking the political science major must complete the following General Education Curriculum requirement:

General Education Curriculum

University Success Skills

(1 credit)


Take ENGL 110 (3 credits), ENGL 111 (3 credits), and one course in COMM or SPCH (3 credits) for a total of 9 credits.


Take one MATH course for 3 or 4 credits.  

Arts and Humanities

Take one literature course (3 credits) and one additional course from either category (3 credits) for a total of 6 credits.

Natural Science

Take one science course (3 credits) along with that course’s lab (1 credit) for a total of 4 credits.  

Behavioral Wellness and Social Science

Behavioral, Wellness, and Social Science:  Choose 2 courses for a total of 6 credits.  No more than one course may be from the Wellness category.  


Choose one course for 3 credits - Must be a different religion course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Arts and Humanities general education core.

Civic Studies

Choose one course for 3 credits.  Must be a different political science course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Social Science general education core.​

General Electives - 36 credit

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