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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.

To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including your General Education requirements and the major requirements below.

Major Sequence

The 36 credits in the major entail 24 credits of required courses (6 of which count as General Education credits) and 12 credits of electives.  In addition, the student is required to take MA103 Introduction to Statistical Thinking, which fulfills the general education mathematics requirement.  The electives will be chosen from among two clusters: 6 credits is required from among political science, criminal justice, or religious studies (Catholic social justice ethics) and 6 credits from among history courses.  An International Relations concentration is optional.

Required Courses 124
EC180
Contemporary Economics 2
or EC181
Principles of Macroeconomics
SO/PO201
Social Statistics
PO211
American National Government 1
PO233
Modern Political Thought 2
PO250
International Relations
PO275
Research Methods in Political Science
PO350
Comparative Politics
PO475
Seminar in Political Science
Cluster 1: Pol Sci / Other Soc Sci / Relig Studies / Internships 16
CJ313
Constitutional Law (will be cross-listed as PO)
CJ355
Political Crimes & Terrorism (will be cross-listed as PO)
PO221
State & Local Government in America (PO221 counts as a social science General Education course)
or PO330
N.J. Government & Politics
PO311
U.S. Presidency
PO310
U.S. Congress
PO315
Parties & Elections
PO470
Internship in Political Science
RS336
Social Justice Ethics 3
Cluster 2: Modern History 16
HST220
Modern Asian History
HST312
U.S. Politics & Society, 1890-1945
HST316
America Since 1945
HST321
Gandhi & King
HST330
America & the World Since 1898
HST331
Vietnam & America
or HST332
U.S. & 9/11 Wars & Era
HST346
Comparative Empires
HST351
Modern Latin America
HST358
Modern Middle East
HST374
Europe Since 1914
Total Credits36
International Relations Concentration (Optional) 115
BU414
The Global Business Environment
or EC382
International Finance & Economics
or EC481
Comparative Economic Systems
CJ355
Political Crimes & Terrorism (will be cross-listed as PO)
CJ365
International Human Rights Law
or CJ375
Global Justice & Law
HST220
Modern Asian History
HST330
America & the World Since 1898
HST331
Vietnam & America
or HST332
U.S. & 9/11 Wars & Era
HST346
Comparative Empires
HST351
Modern Latin America
HST358
Modern Middle East
HST374
Europe Since 1914
PO350
Comparative Politics
1

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.

2

Counts as a social science General Education course.

3

​Counts as an ethics General Education course.



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

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