Political science focuses on the structure, process, and outcomes of politics and government.

political science classThe programs include courses in the areas of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy, methodology, public administration, public policy, and public law.

Goals and Objectives

Political science majors will:

  1. demonstrate knowledge in most of the generally-recognized areas of the discipline;
  2. demonstrate political analysis skills;
  3. demonstrate skills essential for success in careers related to political science;
  4. demonstrate effective citizenship; and
  5. demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS
ENGL 201ENGL 202ENGL 204ENGL 205
ENGL 214ENGL 221 or ENGL 241

3

PHIL 103

3
HIST 101HIST 102HIST 111HIST 112HIST 121 or HIST 122 3
ANTH 104CRIM 101ECON 101POLS 250PSYC 101 or SOCI 101  3
Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning 7
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Approved Mathematics 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0
Approved General Education Electives2

10

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
POLS 101 3
POLS 103 3
POLS 200 3
POLS 305 3
POLS 318 3
POLS 331 3
POLS 360 3
POLS 445 3

POLS 499

3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
Upper-level Political Science electives
​(at least one must be 300- or 400-level POLS course)
15
   
Total Major Program Requirements 42
Additional Electives 36
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses