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

Written Communication Competency (6 cr)

  • Choose one college level composition course:
    • ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition I
    • ENG-H 140  Advanced Freshman Composition
  • Choose one second college level composition course:

Speaking and Listening Competency (3 cr)

Quantitative Reasoning Competency (3-4 cr)

Natural Sciences Competency (5-6 cr)

Humanistic Artistic Competency (6 cr)

  • Choose six credits outside the declared major discipline
  • May include one studio course
  • Must include at least 2 disciplines

Social-Behavioral Competency (6 cr)

  • Choose six credits outside the declared major discipline
  • Must include at least 2 disciplines

Additional Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-3 cr)

  • UCOL-U 101 First Year Seminar or
  • HON-H100 Freshman Honors Seminar
    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.

History Cognate (6 cr)

  • Choose one 200 level or higher U.S. History course
  • Choose one 200 level or higher World History course

Information Literacy (3 cr)

Choose one

  • CSCI-A 110 Introduction to Computers & Computing

Degree 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 Core Requirements (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. Course offerings are subject to change. Please see the course description in the Schedule of Classes to determine the subfield of individual electives.

American Politics (At Least 3 Hours)

Choose from

  • POLS-Y 303 Policy Making in the United States (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 304 Constitutional Law (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 305 Constitutional Rights & Liberties (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 306 State Politics in the US (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 308 Urban Politics (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 316 Public Opinion and Political Participation (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 318 The American Presidency (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 319 The United States Congress (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 320 Judicial Politics (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 324 Gender and Politics (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 325 African American Politics (3 cr)
  • or other courses as offered

Comparative Politics (At Least 3 Hours)

  • POLS-Y 338 African Politics (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y340 East European Politics (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 345 Comparative Revolutions (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 346 Politics in the Developing World (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 380 Selected Topics in Democratic Government (Topics vary)
  • or other courses as offered.

Political Theory (At Least 3 Hours)

  • POLS-Y 212 Making Democracy Work (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 381 Classic Political Thought (3cr)
  • POLS-Y 382 Modern Political Thought (3 cr)
  • POLS-Y 384 Developments in American Political Thought (3 cr)
  • or other courses as offered.



Choose additional courses to reach 120 credit hours total.

Writing Requirement
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.

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