Degree Requirements

Beyond the general education requirements, students who wish to major in Political Science must complete a total of 45 credit hours, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and receive a "C" or better in each course. 

All political science majors are required to take the following courses:

    • POLS 2013 (Intro to World Pol)  or  POLS 2113 (Intro to Comp Pol)
    • POLS 2213 (Foundations in Political Science)
    • POLS 3103 (Intro to Political Inquiry)
    • POLS 4903 (Capstone)
    • 18 additional hours of upper-division Political Science coursework

 The 18 hours of upper-division electives can include courses from ECON, ENGL, ENVR, FLL, FPST, GEOG, HIST, MGMT, PHIL, PSYC, REL, SOC.1  This allows our majors to pick and chose the courses that most appeal to them, or personalize their degree with a related minor

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 As a field, political science examines how societies are governed and to what ends, teaching students how to analyze and better understand the causes and effects of political behavior.

For a full course description of POLS-designated classes, consult this list.   

More information on the specifics on the BA and BS requirements can be found here.  Those matriculating in or before the most recent Academic Year should refer to this website to review their requirements.  

Contact Vincent Burke, the department's Undergraduate Senior Academic Advisor, at (405)744-5569 or if you have additional questions.

1 With approval from the adviser and department head, a maximum of 30 hours from an accredited doctoral health program may be used for up to 15 hours of upper-division related courses and 15 hours of electives.

2 With permission from the department, students participating in an internship may enroll in POLS 3100 (Pol Science Internship) to receive credit hours.