Online Political Science (B.S.) Degree

This online political science degree completion program is designed for students who have completed at least 60 semester hours of transferable college credit with a GPA of 2.0 or better, or individuals who have completed an associate degree at the community college level. Prior transcripts are evaluated to determine academic status in relation to satisfying degree program requirements, including both general education courses equivalent to the Indiana University East core curriculum and all required prerequisites.

The program is designed to enable a student to complete the program requirements within 60 credit hours, offered over two calendar years, assuming prior completion of all required general education courses and prerequisite courses. The following is a sample two-year plan for the degree. Your actual sequence of classes will depend on the semester that you choose to begin the program, and will be determined in consultation with an advisor. Advisors work with each student for an individual plan of study. Your individual plan may differ significantly from the sample curriculum below, based on your academic background.

Completion Program Requirements (60)

A minimum of 36 credit hours must be taken at the 300 level or above, with at least 18 in the major.

Semester 1 (Fall)

  • POLS-Y205 Analyzing Politics
  • POLS Advanced Core – American Politics
  • POLS Advanced Core – Comparative Politics/International Relations
  • Elective or General Education Requirement
  • Elective, Minor Course, or General Education Requirement

Semester 2 (Spring)

  • POLS Advanced Core – Political Theory
  • POLS Advanced Core
  • Elective or 100-level Major Core course
  • Elective or General Education Requirement
  • Elective, Minor Course, or General Education Requirement

Semester 3 (Fall)

  • POLS Advanced Core
  • POLS Advanced Core
  • Elective, Minor Course, or General Education Requirement
  • Elective, Minor Course, or General Education Requirement
  • Elective, Minor Course, or General Education Requirement

Semester 4 (Spring)

  • POLS-Y490 Senior Seminar
  • POLS Advanced Core
  • Elective, Minor Course, or General Education Requirement
  • Elective, Minor Course, or General Education Requirement

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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