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Political Science, Public Administration Emphasis

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.

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
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

1 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 201, PHIL 302, POLS 250, POLS 308, POLS 313, POLS 371, POLS 379, POLS 391, POLS 490, SOCI 314, SOCI 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