undergrad classroom smallerAs 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.

Beyond the general education requirements, students who wish to major in Political Science must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 with a minimum grade of "C" in each course (with a minimum 2.0 GPA for all POLS courses).   Students can choose between a general political science degree or specialize in a pre-Law focus.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Students who plan to work in campaigning, government, international law, foreign service, business, or those considering graduate study are encouraged to pursue our general political science degree. 

This degree offers the greatest flexibility, allowing our majors to chose the courses that most appeal to them or personalize their degree with a related minor.  Students interested in campaign work, for instance, might use these electives to complete our minor in Campaigns and Lobbying, while those who want to focus on international law might add a Law and Legal Studies minor.  Finally, those interested in international security, foreign policy, or intelligence work might benefit from a minor in Intelligence and Security Analysis.

Required courses:  

  • POLS 2013: Intro to International Relations (S)  - or -   POLS 2113: Intro to Comparative Politics (IS)
  • POLS 2213: Fundamentals of Political Science
  • POLS 3103: Intro to Political Inquiry
  • POLS 4903: Senior Capstone Seminar

Electives: 18 additional hours of upper-division Political Science courses (click here for a full list of political science courses).  These electives can include courses from ECON, ENGL, ENVR, FLL, FPST, GEOG, HIST, MGMT, PHIL, PSYC, REL, SOC.  With approval from the adviser and department head, a maximum of 30 hours from an accredited doctoral health program may also be used for up to 15 hours of upper-division related courses and 15 hours of electives. 

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Political Science: Pre-Law

Ideal for students going to law school with a focus on domestic law, the political science - pre-Law focus provides students with an in-depth training on American legal traditions.

Required courses:  

  • POLS 2023: The Individual and the Law
  • POLS 2213: Fundamentals of Political Science
  • POLS 3103: Intro to Political Inquiry
  • POLS 3983: Courts and Judicial Process (S)
  • POLS 3993: Legal Research and Analysis
  • POLS 4963: US Constitution - Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
  • POLS 4903: Senior Capstone Seminar

Electives:

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 405-744-5570 or vincent.burke@okstate.edu if you have any additional questions.