BS in Political Science Degree (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)

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Remaining General Education Requirements can be fulfilled as you and your advisor see fit.

Program Requirements

First-Year Seminar (0-3 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. No course with a grade below a 2.0 (C) will be accepted in the major/conctration area.

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.

American Politics

Comparative Politics / International Relations

Political Theory

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.

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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