Feb 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Political Science, (BA)

Degree Requirements: 120 Credits

General Education  41
Major Core 31
Experiential Learning 3
Major Electives 18
Electives 27
Total Credits 120

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:

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 1 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.​

Experiential Learning

Choose one or more courses for a total of 3 credits.

General Electives - 27 credit