Political Science

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:Political Science
Specializations:Political Science
Minors:Political Science
Pre-Law/Political Science
Department:Building 50, Room 120
(850) 474-2929
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:45.1001
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The B.A. in Political Science provides students with a foundation in the liberal arts and social sciences. Courses in the degree plan cover fundamental questions pertaining to the governance of human societies, the origin and evolution of law and justice, the comparative performance of democracies and dictatorships, the exercise of political leadership, the origins of war, and the maintenance of peace. Students will analyze competing theories of human nature and political organization subjecting them to the test of reason, history, and experience. The political science major is appropriate for many students, including those seeking a professional degree in government and public service, specific expertise in international security and diplomacy, familiarity with political organizations, and preparation for employment in advocacy, corporate, education, or non-profit sectors.

The Pre-Law Specialization emphasizes core courses in American government, with attention paid to American political thought, constitutional law, and judicial politics. Students then take courses across a broad array of subjects, including political theory, as well as history, economics and business, philosophy, literature, communications, and statistics. The political science/pre-law major is appropriate for students seeking a pre-professional degree in law.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Political Science must meet the following requirements. Students must earn a 2.0 for each mandatory core course of the program.

As a prerequisite, students majoring in Political Science need to earn at least a “C” in POS 2041 American Politics, or to transfer 3 sh of an equivalent lower-division course in American government or political science with a grade of “C” or higher.