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Bachelor of Science
Political Science

Political Science
Bachelor of Science
AT A GLANCE
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
TUITION
  • $248 per credit hour (Europe)
  • $250 per credit hour (Downrange)

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Learn to analyze complex political problems and find viable solutions with a political science degree from UMGC Europe.

With a major in political science, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of U.S. government and global politics. By analyzing political structures, theory, and problems, you'll learn to interpret complex political problems in both the public and private sectors and propose potential solutions. You'll also have an opportunity to enhance your professionalism and fine-tune your communication and organizational skills.

This program is also available as a minor.


Political Science Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In your political science courses, you'll develop research and communication skills. Courses examine issues in policy development, global terrorism, foreign policy, defense policy and arms control, the intelligence community, and challenges in modern politics.

  • (3 Credits, GVPT 100)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 101)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 170)
    or (3 Credits, GVPT 200)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 280)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 306)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 409)
    or any upper-level GVPT course
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 403)
    or any upper-level GVPT course
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 406)
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 457)
    or any upper-level GVPT course
  • (3 Credits, GVPT 495)

Electives

The bachelor's degree in political science requires 49 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

A degree with a major in political science requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Research and Computer Literacy Courses


  • (3 Credits, PACE 111M) or 
    (3 Credits, PACE 111P) or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

  • (1 Credit, LIBS 150) or 
    (1 Credit, CAPL 398A) or other general education elective

  • (3 Credits, IFSM 201) or 
    (3 Credits, CMST 301) or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Communications Courses


  • (3 Credits, WRTG 111) or 
    (3 Credits, WRTG 291) or other writing course

  • (3 Credits, WRTG 112)

  • (3 Credits, SPCH 100) or other communication, writing, or speech course

  • (3 Credits, WRTG 394) or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course


  • (3 Credits, MATH 105) (or other approved math or statics course)

Arts and Humanities Courses


  • (3 Credits, HIST 142) or 
    (3 Credits, HIST 157) or other arts and humanities course

  • (3 Credits, PHIL 140) or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses


  • (3 Credits, ECON 201) or 
    (3 Credits, PSYC 100) or other behavioral and social science course

  • (3 Credits, SOCY 100) or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses


  • (3 Credits, BIOL 101) and 
    (1 Credit, BIOL 102) or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses

  • (3 Credits, NUTR 100) or 
    (3 Credits, BIOL 160) or other science lecture course

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

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