B.S. in Political Science (120 cr)
The Political Science degree serves several student populations, including high school graduates wishing to pursue careers in political science, transfer students from two-year colleges, and public school teachers who need to enhance their content in social studies. The Political Science degree has an appeal to students who are interested in current events, politics, law, comparative politics, American cultures, social issues, and policy making. The program serves undergraduates in other majors, including social work, criminal justice, education, and history.
Studying politics includes basic information about government and political processes, as well as exploring issues of power, conflict, peace, citizenship, civic virtue, representation, and justice. Through political science courses, students learn about political institutions and processes and develop the capacity to think critically about political controversies, public policies, and their outcomes. This knowledge and these skills are transferable across disciplines and careers and are essential for developing citizens prepared to make a difference in their community, country, and world.
General Education Requirements (30 cr)
First-Year Seminar (0-2 cr)
A passing grade is required in the First Year Seminar course. This course is mandatory for all beginning freshmen and for transfer students with no more than 12 credit hours of transferring coursework. This course must be taken in the first semester after admission to Indiana University East.
Information Literacy (3 cr)
- CSCI-A110 Introduction to Computers & Computing (or equivalent)
Major Requirements (36 cr)
A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major.
Major Required Courses (15 cr)
Advanced Core Requirements (21 cr)
A total of 21 hours should be selected from the following courses. A minimum of 18 hours must be taken at the 300- 400 level and at least 3 hours must be selected from each of three subfields (American Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, and Political Theory). Courses should be selected in consultation with a political science faculty member or advisor; keeping in mind the student’s desired career and professional goals.
- POLS-Y303 Policy Making in the United States
- POLS-Y304 Constitutional Law
- POLS-Y305 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
- POLS-Y306 State Politics in the US
- POLS-Y308 Urban Politics
- POLS-Y316 Public Opinion and Political Participation
- POLS-Y318 The American Presidency
- POLS-Y319 The United States Congress
- POLS-Y320 Judicial Politics
- POLS-Y324 Gender and Politics
- POLS-Y325 African-American Politics
Comparative Politics / International Relations
- POLS-Y338 African Politics
- POLS-Y340 East European Politics
- POLS-Y345 Comparative Revolutions
- POLS-Y346 Politics in the Developing World
- POLS-Y380 Comparative Revolutions (Topics vary)
- POLS-Y212 Making Democracy Work
- POLS-Y381 Classical Political Thought
- POLS-Y382 Modern Political Thought
- POLS-Y384 Developments in American Political Thought
Course offerings are subject to change. Please see the course description in the Schedule of Classes to determine the subfield of individual electives.
Choose additional courses to reach 120 credit hours total.
A grade of C (2.0) or above is necessary in all English composition courses required for a degree. Students must complete ENG W131 or the equivalent within the first 25 credit hours for which they are enrolled. Students must also complete a second writing course with a C (2.0) or above within the first 50 credit hours for which they are enrolled. This course should prepare students for writing research papers and include at least one method of widely accepted documentation and instruct students in library research skills. All students must complete a culminating writing experience in their major.
General Grade Requirement
No course with a grade below 2.0 ( C ) will be accepted in the major/concentration area.
A passing grade is required in all other courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) is required for all courses taken toward a degree.
Required Credit Hours
For a bachelor degree a minimum of 30 hours at the 200 level or above must be completed at Indiana University East. At least 15 hours in the field of concentration must be completed at Indiana University East.