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Political Science

A B.A. in Political Science from Georgian Court University provides the foundation for a wide range of careers and graduate study in other social science fields. Learn how to think critically, analyze information logically and objectively, and develop effective oral and written communication skills.

Many students with a bachelor’s degree in political science will pursue opportunities in business or law, nonprofit or research organizations, or political campaigns or the offices of politicians. You can find employment and be effective volunteers in the areas of public policy, advocacy, planning, management, lobbying, political advising, community organizing, public relations, governance, market research and human rights.

Expand your opportunities with an optional 15-credit concentration in international relations.

Program

To earn a B.A. in Political Science, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Courses

Required:

  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • EC180 Contemporary Economics (3)
    • EC181 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • PO201/SO201 Social Statistics (3)
  • PO211 American National Government (3)
  • PO233 Modern Political Thought (3)
  • PO250 International Relations (3)
  • PO275 Research Methods in Political Science (3)
  • PO310 U.S. Congress (3)
  • PO475 Seminar in Political Science (3)

Electives:

  • Cluster 1: Political Science/Other Social Science/Religious Studies/Internships (pick two):
    • CJ313/PO313 Constitutional Law (3)
    • CJ355/PO355 Political Crimes & Terrorism (3)
    • PO311 U.S. Presidency (3)
    • PO315 Parties & Elections (3)
    • PO320 New Jersey Government & Politics (3) OR PO221 State & Local Government in America (3)
    • PO350 Comparative Politics (3)
    • PO470 Internship (3)
    • RS336 Catholic Social Justice Ethics (3)
  • Cluster 2: Modern History (pick two):
    • HST220 Modern Asian History (3)
    • HST312 U.S. Politics & Society, 1890-1945 (3)
    • HST316 America Since 1945 (3)
    • HST321 Gandhi & King (3)
    • HST330 America & the World Since 1898 (3)
    • HST331 Vietnam & America (3) OR HST332 U.S. & 9/11 Wars & Era (3)
    • HST346 Comparative Empires (3)
    • HST351 Modern Latin America (3)
    • HST374 Europe Since 1914 (3)
    • HSTXX Modern Middle East (under development) (3)

International Relations Concentration (15 credits; Optional)

  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • BU414 The Global Business Environment (3)
    • EC382 International Finance & Economics (3)
    • EC481 Comparative Economic Systems (3)
  • CJ355/PO355 Political Crimes & Terrorism (3)
  • CJ365 International Human Rights Law (3) OR CJ375 Global Justice & Law (3)
  • HST220 Modern Asian History (3)
  • HST330 America & the World Since 1898 (3)
  • HST331 Vietnam & America (3) OR HST332 U.S. & 9/11 Wars & Era (3)
  • HST346 Comparative Empires (3)
  • HST351 Modern Latin America (3)
  • HST374 Europe Since 1914 (3)
  • PO350 Comparative Politics (3)
  • HSTXX Modern Middle East (under development) (3)

Note: MA103 Introduction to Statistical Thinking, which fulfills the General Education mathematics requirement, is also required. No more than 6 credits toward the requirements for the political science degree may be earned in any combination of internships, independent study, or study abroad.

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