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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Political Science

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (POLSC)

The discipline of political science consists of different related subfields such as American government, international relations, public policy and administration, the study of how governments accomplish objectives, and comparative politics, the study of foreign government. The major offers students the opportunity to take course work in most subfields as well as seek practical experience through an internship. All students are encouraged to develop research and writing and statistical skills. Many students have continued their education in law or graduate school.

For the B.A. degree in Political Science, a minimum of 120 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 15 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (6 credits)
PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 003 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
INTST 100 GS;IL(3) or PL SC 014 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PL SC 017 GS(3) or PL SC 017W GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (24 credits)
( In meeting this requirement, select at least one course beyond the prescribed and additional courses listed above from each of the four fields offered in the program: American Government, Comparative Politics, International Politics, and Government in Theory and Practice.)
Select 12 credits at any level from a program-approved list (Sem: 1-8)
Select 12 credits at the 400 level from a program-approved list (Sem: 3-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-04-004

Review Date: 1/17/06

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