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BA in Political Science

Political Science students at Baylor learn about American political history and institutions, study the development of our constitutional law from the founding era to the latest Supreme Court decision, master the techniques of rigorous political analysis, examine the causes and effects of political change around the world, and survey the writings of great philosophers (such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, and Locke).

Our students bring diverse methods to bear on understanding the political world, from historical and philosophical analysis to statistical analysis. This program is for students who want to understand politics, become effective citizens, and make a difference.

We offer courses in all the major sub-fields of the discipline: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public administration, political theory, public policy, and public law. Students are required to take courses from at least three of these areas, and our graduates are well prepared across the political science discipline.


REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Thirty semester hours including the following:

A. Political Science 1305 (American government) and 2302 (Constitutional Development).

B. One "3000" or "4000" level course from at least three of the following subfields: American Political Institutions, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory and Methodology, Public Law, and Public Policy and Administration.

C. An additional 15 semester hours of political science, 9 of which must be at the "3000" or "4000" level.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Eighteen semester hours including at least 9 semester hours at the"3000" or "4000" level.

Check the Major Academic Planner for a BA in Political Science for a list of all courses needed to complete this major.