Political Science, Bachelor of Arts

Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The major in political science encompasses an investigation of governmental institutions and political behavior at all levels from the local to the international. The political science major will take courses in American Government, Comparative Government, Constitutional Law, Political Theory, Research Methodology and International Relations. The political science major is suitable for students with career interests in teaching, law, state and local government, urban planning, federal bureaucracy, and journalism. The political science major must complete 48 semester hour courses beginning at the 2000 level.

  1. Complete a maximum of 125 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher. The last 30 hours must be completed at Albany State University.
  2. During the freshman and sophomore years, the student must complete Core Areas A-E.
  3. Maintain a “C” or higher for all classes taken in Areas F, G, and H of the Political science check sheet. 
  4. Complete MFAT subject area exam. 
Core Curriculum for Non-STEM Majors (Areas A-E)42
Area F: Courses Related to Major 1
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics3
POLS 2101Introduction to Political Science3
POLS 2102Introduction to Law3
SSCI 2402Microcomputers in Social Science3
2000 LevelSocial Science3
2000 LevelForeign Language3
Area G - Major Requirements 1
American Politics
Select three of the following courses:9
State and Local Government
Urban Politics
African-American Politics
The Presidency
Political Parties/Pressure Group
Elections & Electoral Behavior
Judicial Process
American Constitutional History
Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
Civil Rights & Minorities
Comparative Government
Select one of the following:3
Comparative Government
Politics and Institutions in Developing Countries
Area Studies of Africa, Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Latin America
Politics & Culture of Developing World
Political Economy of African and the Caribbean
Public Policy/Public Administration
Select one of the following:3
Amercan Foreign Policy
The Legislative Process
Public Administration
Legislative Internship
Research Methods
POLS 4371Research Methods I3
or POLS 4372 Research Methods II
Political Theory
POLS 4401History of Political Thought3
International Relations
Select one of the following courses:3
Issues in Global Politics
International Relations
International Organizations
Model United Nations
International Political Economics
International Internship/Seminar
International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa
Area H: General Political Science Courses 1
POLS 4818Public Administration Internship3
Guided Political Science Electives (Select up to 12 hours at the 3000-4000 level)33
First-Year and Wellness Course Requirements Outside the Core
ASU 1101First Year Experience: Pathways to Success1
HEDP, WELLHealth & Wellness Requirement 22
Total Semester Hours123

Courses in Areas F, G, and H require a grade of C or higher. 


The health & wellness requirement may be fulfilled by taking one - two (2) credit hour health or wellness course OR two one (1) credit hour health or wellness activity courses.