With a B.A. in Political Science, you will be prepared to apply what you learn in class to solving real-world problems through analysis, activism, advocacy and civic engagement.

Studying political science at GSU puts you at the center of the world. Your focus becomes global. Your understanding of current events and trends increases and your analytical skills are developed.

Outstanding Preparation

As an undergraduate in Political Science at GSU, your studies will emphasize civic and community engagement. Your course work centers on American government and policy, comparative political analysis, international and global politics, and political theory, all with a social justice emphasis.

In each area of study, you will understand the interdependence of social, economic and governmental structures, the impact of government action and/or inaction, the creation and enactment of governmental policies and the influence of the private sector on government and vice versa.

Choice of Careers

As a graduate, you will have the practical skills for employment in public service, political advocacy and the private sector. Graduates with this degree have careers in government and criminal justice, as legal assistants and writers and with political parties, lobbying groups, research organizations, nonprofits, international business and public interest groups. You will also acquire the theoretical understanding necessary for graduate work in the social science disciplines, education and the legal profession.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended course work, please see GSU transfer guides. 

Degree Requirements

Students with a Political Science major at the undergraduate level will begin with the study of a rich array of courses that cover the four major sub-fields of the discipline. This includes courses in American politics and policy, comparative political analysis, international and global politics and political theory.

Building on this foundation, students will take elective courses that both deepen their understanding of these fields and allow them to apply what they have learned to the real world in terms of analysis and activism (advocacy and civic engagement). Emphasis is given to the common interdisciplinary pursuit of critical thinking as it applies to social problem-solving.

Beyond the core, students will select 21 hours of electives which will deepen their understanding and expertise of the program's four fields: american politics and policy, comparative political analysis, international and global politics and theories of social justice and civic engagement. This will allow them to tailor the program to meet their educational and career goals and be more competitive in the job market.

Depending on their career goals and objectives, graduates of the program will also have the theoretical understanding for graduate work in the social science disciplines and the practical skills that are highly in demand in government, public service, education, political advocacy and the private sector.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree.

I.  General Education Requirement (37-41 Hours)

Please see the GSU Catalog for general education requirements.

II.  Required Courses (21 Hours)

POLS 2100 Foundations of U.S. Democracy (3)*

POLS 2101 Principles of Political Science (3)*

POLS 3110 Transformation of the Global System (3)

POLS 3150 Comparative Political Analysis (3)*

POLS 4600 Political Theory (3)

POLS 4990 Political Struggle: Empowerment and Change (3)

SOSC 4500 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3)

*May be substituted with a lower-division course.

III.  Selectives (18 Hours)

Students, with the assistance of their advisor, will select an additional 18 hours of courses relevant to the four major sub-fields of the program. This may be done with the degree of generalization and specialization that best suits the student's personal and professional goals.

The following courses are suggestive of what may be used:

American Politics and Policy

ANTH 4100 Urban Anthropology

HIST 4100 Beyond the Dream: Current Black Social Issues (3)

HIST 4200 American Urban History (3)

HIST 4400 Black Experience in the U.S. (3)

POLS 2200 Local Governmental Systems (3)

POLS 4200 U.S. and Illinois Elections (3)

POLS 4300 The Chicago Political Tradition (3)

POLS 4400 Constitutional Law (3)

POLS 4500 Political Communication

POLS 5310 Readings, Black Politics and the American Political System (3)

POLS 5380 Urban Politics (3)

SOC 3300 Principles of Urban Studies (3)

SOC 4250 Community Organization (3)

SOSC 4510 Ethnicity, Culture and Politics (3)

Comparative Political Analysis

HIST 4115 Modern African History (3)

HIST 4340 Modern Chinese History

HIST 4420 Caribbean History (3)

HIST 4470 Latin American History (3)

HIST 4650 Modern European History (3)

HIST 4670 Russia in the 20th Century (3)

ICS 4620 African Politics (3)

ICS 4650 Latin America: Culture and Society (3)

POLS 4100 Hispanic Experience in the U.S (3)

POLS 4330 Modern Middle Eastern History and Politics (3)

POLS 5480 Politics of Latin America (3) 

International and Global Politics

GEOG 4470 Human Geography (3)

POLS 3250 Introduction to International Political Economy (3)

POLS 3600 International Organizations (3)            

POLS 4375 Theories of Conflict Resolution (3)

POLS 4380 International Peace Initiatives (3)

Theories of Social Justice and Civic Engagement

PHIL 4402 Advanced Ethics: Theory and Practice (3)

POLS 3900 Seminar in Civic Engagement (3)

POLS 4650 Empowering Community: From Self to Service (3)

POLS 4700 Independent Study (1-4)

POLS 4800 Internship/Practicum (1-4)

POLS 5000 Topics in Political Science (3)

POLS 5150 Contemporary Political Thought (3)

SOSC 4575 Women and Social Action (3)               

IV.  Electives (44 Hours)

V.   Total - 120 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

Advisor Information

Larry Levinson

Professor
Academic Program Coordinator
708.534.4578
llevinson@govst.edu