Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
The study of political science joins the best of the scientific and humanistic approaches to learning. Essential skills in analysis and communication are complemented by the development of tolerance and independent thought.
The study of political science fosters informed interest in current affairs as well as the ability to define a problem and contribute to its solution.
Lake Erie College’s political science major allows for significant flexibility and allows students integrate their personal areas of intellectual interest with a rigorous course of study in the discipline, as they examine essential concepts such as democracy, power, citizenship, governance and rights. Its course of study fosters a sense of informed and thoughtful citizenship, as well as prepares graduates to contribute to society through careers in government, law, and education.
Requirements for this Major:
48 semester credits including:
A minimum of 20 upper-division semester credits in political science is required (300 or 400 level courses)
- PO 101 Introduction to Political Science (4 SH)
- PO 110 American National Government (4 SH)
- PS 204 Statistics (4 SH)
- SS 334 Methods of Field Research (4 SH)
- PO 490 Senior Seminar (4 SH)
and 28 semester credits from the following:
- PO 201 Introduction to Political Ideologies (4 SH)
- PO 202 Public Policy (4 SH)
- PO 205 State and Local Government (4 SH)
- PO 208 America as a World Power (4 SH)
- PO 212 Comparative Politics (4 SH)
- PO 214 International Relations (4 SH)
- PO 310 European Politics (4 SH)
- PO 311 Politics of Developing Countries (4 SH)
- PO 320 Constitutional Law (4 SH)
- PO 321 International Organization and Law (4 SH)
- PO 330 Legislative Process (4 SH)
- PO 331 Judicial Process (4 SH)
- PO 333 American Presidency (4 SH)
- PO 340 Political Parties and Interest Groups (4 SH)
- PO 341 Public Administration (4 SH)
- PO 250/350 Internship in Political Science (1-5 SH)
- PO 160/260/360 Individual Investigation in Political Science (2-4 SH)
- PO 170-79/270-79/370-79 Special Topics in Political Science (2-4 SH)
Note: There may be specific credit hour requirements for Internships. Students should review requirements with their academic advisor.