Degree: B.A., Political Science
Department of Political Science and International Affairs
Political Science, the study of how various political systems work, is a Bachelor of Arts degree program. Courses ranging from urban politics and government to international politics are offered. The department also provides many outlets through which students can gain practical knowledge of the field, including visits to Virginia’s state capital and to Washington, D.C., internships in governmental offices, and involvement in major political events, such as the United Nations’ student conference. Political Science is a good background for a career in law, urban planning, teaching, government, and private enterprise; it also lends itself to further study in graduate school.
|PSCI 101A||Introduction to Political Science 1||3|
|PSCI 102A||Introduction to International Relations 1||3|
|PSCI 201||American Government||3|
|Select one political science class 2|
|Select one course each to be chosen by faculty advisor and student from each of the following subfields: American Politics; Comparative Politics; International Relations; Political Theory||12|
|Select 15 additional credits in political science||15|
May also be used to fulfill other political science major requirements, designated as “Writing Intensive.”
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.
Elective courses are those that are not needed to fulfill a general education requirement or major program requirement but are chosen by the student to complete the 120 credits required for graduation with a B.A./B.S. degree or the BLS degree. These courses may be taken graded or pass/fail (or S/U in the case of physical education and 100-level dance). No student in a regular B.A./B.S. program may count more than 60 credits in a single discipline toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Credits Required for the Degree: 120 credits
Political Science and International Affairs Department
Elizabeth F. Larus, Chair
Jason W. Davidson, Career Advisor and Director of the Security and Conflict Studies Minor
Rosalyn L. Cooperman
Jason W. Davidson
Stephen J. Farnsworth, Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies
Elizabeth F. Larus
Emile J. Lester