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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

Completion of one of the below sequences:

Sequence I (33 hours):

  1. Constitutional Development (PSC 2302)
  2. One introductory course from each of four sub-fields:
    • American National Government (1305)
    • Introduction to Western Political Philosophy (2343)
    • Comparative Politics (3304)
    • International Relations (3315)
  3. An additional eighteen semester hours of political science, twelve of which must be the “3000” or “4000” level

Sequence II, Pre-Law track (33 hours):

  1. Constitutional Development (PSC 2302)
  2. One introductory course from each of four sub-fields:
    • American National Government (1305)
    • Introduction to Western Political Philosophy (2343)
    • Comparative Politics (3304)
    • International Relations (3315)
  3. At least three courses from PSC 3302, 3321, 3339, 4305, 4307, 4342, 4361, and 4381 (core cases for pre-law track)
  4. At least one course from PSC 3311, 3372, 3375, 4V89
  5. An additional six semester hours of political science, at any level

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Eighteen semester hours including at least nine 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.