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Political Science (B.A.)

Administered by Department of Political Science

Effective Spring 2015

As per PRP3604: All students earning a first baccalaureate degree will take at least 30 of their last 45 credits at Bloomsburg University, no more credits are required than the 30 credits. All first baccalaureate students will take at least 50% of credits required for the Major from a PASSHE university. Bloomsburg University may require up to a maximum of 50% of the Major credits. Program exceptions to the policy are to be approved by the Office of the Chancellor.

A total of 33 semester hours are required for a major in political science; the balance of the university's 120-semester hour requirement for a bachelor's degree come from general education courses and free elective courses.

Required courses

POLISCI.120 United States Government

POLISCI.280 Introduction to International Relations

POLISCI.300 Political Science Research

POLISCI.360 Nations, States and Governments

POLISCI.405 Development of Political Thought

Elective courses

18 semester hours in Political Science, 12 semester hours of which must be chosen from upper division courses, i.e., at the 300 level or above.

Law option

A total of 33 semester hours is required for this option. In addition to the core courses above, 18 hours are taken from the following eight courses:

POLISCI.440 President and Congress

POLISCI.446 Constitutional Law I

POLISCI.447 Constitutional Law II

POLISCI.448 Judicial Process

POLISCI.452 State and Local Government

POLISCI.456 Public Policy

POLISCI.487 International Law and Organization

POLISCI.497 Internship in a legal or judicial setting (only 3 hours count toward the option)