Political Science, BA
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (370000BA)
Successful graduates of this program go on to graduate or law school, manage campaigns, run for office, work in state and local government or for various federal government agencies, including the U.S. Marshall’s Office, U.S. State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Amnesty International.
Statement of Policies – Admission
For students enrolled at The University of Akron and for students wishing to transfer directly to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences from other institutions, the following criteria must be satisfied for admission to the Department of Political Science:
- The student must be admissible to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
- A minimum grade point average of 2.20 must be met in all university work, including transfer credits
- A minimum grade point average of 2.20 must be met in all work in Political Science, including university and transfer credits. Only credits earned at an accredited institution of post-secondary education, as recognized by The University of Akron, will be considered for transfer credit, and only those grades will be considered in the grade point average.
Students in the Political Science programs must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.20 overall and a minimum of 2.20 grade point average in Political Science courses (including transfer credit) in order to remain in the program. A student who fails to maintain the 2.20 cumulative average (including transfer credit) will be placed on academic probation. Failure to raise the average after one semester will result in dismissal from the program. The student may not apply for readmission for at least one semester.
|General Education Requirements||34|
|College of Arts & Sciences Requirements||14|
|Political Science Core||15|
|Political Science 300/400 Level Courses||18|
|Additional Credits for Graduation *||39|
Bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation.
Note: A 2.2 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.
General Education Courses
|Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete three tiers of General Education coursework. Tiers I and II provide students with foundational skills and breadth of disciplinary knowledge. Tier III courses require students to integrate knowledge, understand diverse perspectives, and think critically about complex issues. Courses tagged for Tier III may also fulfill major or Disciplinary Area requirements.|
|Tier I: Academic Foundations||12|
Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credit hours 1
|Mathematics for Everyday Life|
|Statistics for Everyday Life|
|Introductory Statistics I|
|Introductory Statistics II|
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
|Tier II: Disciplinary Areas||22|
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
|Tier III: Tagged Courses|
Select one class from each of the following subcategories:
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
At least three credits must come from one of the courses listed.
College of Arts & Sciences Requirements
|Degree requirements in Arts & Sciences include the demonstration of ability to use another language by completion of the second year of a foreign language.|
101 Beginning I
102 Beginning II
201 Intermediate I
202 Intermediate II
|Survey of Deaf Culture in America (American Sign Language option only)|
|Students must also complete a minimum of 40 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:|
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops
Political Science Core
|Political Science Core|
|3700:100||Government & Politics in the United States||3|
|3700:150||World Politics & Government||3|
|3700:301||Introduction to Political Research||3|
|3700:303||Introduction to Political Thought||3|
Political Science 300/400 Level Courses
|Complete 18 credits:||18|
|Selected Topics in Political Science 2|
|Internship in Government & Politics 3|
Nine credits must be at the 400 level or above.
No more than 3 credits of a Selected Topics course (3700:392 Selected Topics in Political Science) may be applied toward completion of the major requirements.
No more than 4 credits from an internship (3700:395 Internship in Government & Politics) may be applied toward completion of the major requirements.