Political Science

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Why Political Science?

Pursue your passion for politics with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. This degree program examines political institutions, the social and economic forces that shape them, the cultural context in which they operate, and human behavior in political matters.

If you are interested in politics, history, law, government, or journalism, then a degree in political science might be right for you. As a political science major, you will hone your analytical and problem-solving abilities and improve your communication skills.

Featuring courses in American government, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and foreign policy, this dynamic program allows you the freedom to tailor your degree by choosing from several open electives. In addition to providing a solid foundation for continuing on to graduate school, a bachelor's degree in political science can lead to an exciting career in government, law, business, education, or politics.

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What you'll study

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Political Science General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor's degree.

NUpath Requirements 

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

36 semester hours required

Mathematics

MTH 1100 - College Algebra
3.00
MTH 2310 - Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3.00
 

Philosophy

PHL 1100 - Social and Political Philosophy
3.00
PHL 2120 - Ethical Issues in Communication
3.00
 

History

HST 1150 - History of the World 2: From Renaissance to the Present
3.00
HST 1250 - American History 2: Reconstruction to the Present
3.00
 

Economics

ECN 1200 - Principles of Macroeconomics
3.00
 

Information Technology

Choose one of the following:

ITC 1000 - Computer Applications
3.00
ITC 2016 - End-User Data Analysis Tools
3.00
 

Communication

CMN 1100 - Organizational Communication
3.00
 

Foundation Electives 

Complete 9 semester hours from the following electives: 

HST 2150 - The World Since 1945
3.00
ECN 2350 - Comparative Economic Systems
3.00
ECN 1100 - Principles of Microeconomics
3.00
CMN 3100 - Negotiation
3.00
ANT 1150 - Cultural Anthropology
3.00
 

Major Courses

36 semester hours required 

Required Course Work 

POL 1120 - International Relations
3.00
POL 1200 - Comparative Politics
3.00
POL 1300 - American Government
3.00
POL 2430 - Survey of Political Thought
3.00
POL 3400 - Political Science Research Methods
3.00
 

Elective 

Complete six POL courses. Five courses may be used to satisfy a concentration (optional).

Capstone 

POL 4850 - Political Science Capstone
3.00
 

Electives

Open electives to reach minimum required credit hours for the degree.

Optional Concentrations :

Students may choose one of the optional concentrations below, if they wish to focus on a specific area. Concentration is not required.

Concentrations

Concentration in International Relations & Comparative Politics

Note: Please consult with your advisor.

POL 3126 - Global Governance
3.00
POL 3135 - International Conflict and Negotiation
3.00
POL 3140 - International Security
3.00
POL 3210 - Nationalism
3.00
POL 3220 - Democracy in Comparative Politics
3.00
 
Concentration in American Politics

Note: Please consult with your advisor.

POL 2315 - State and Local Government
3.00
POL 2320 - Political Parties and Interest Groups
3.00
POL 3310 - Civil Liberties
3.00
POL 3320 - American Foreign Policy
3.00
POL 3330 - Politics and Mass Media
3.00
 

Did You Know?

​A bachelor’s degree is worth $2.8M over an employee’s lifetime (Center On Education and the Workforce, 2011).

Did You Know?

The median pay ($56,770) for public relations specialists and lobbyists in 2015 was above the median annual wage for all U.S. workers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015). 

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer