Lander offers a political science major with a public administration emphasis for students interested in employment with in local, state, or federal government, or non-profit employment.

The emphasis will also prepare students to pursue the Master’s Degree in Public Administration, the professional degree for government and non-profit administration.

political science professorGoals 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
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 211

Statistical Methods I

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
POLS 101 American National Government 3
POLS 103 Introduction to World Politics 3
POLS 200 Introduction to Political Science 3
POLS 318 Public Budgeting 3
POLS 386  State and Local Government 3

POLS 499

Capstone Senior Seminar 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
POLS 217 Introduction to Public Administration 3
4 courses from the following:
HUS 201PHIL 302POLS 250POLS 308POLS 313POLS 371POLS 379POLS 391POLS 490SOCI 314SOCI 315
12
     
Total Major Program Requirements 33
Additional Electives 52
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