Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Core Courses
PS A101Introduction to American Government *3
PS A102Introduction to Political Science *3
PS A301Comparative Political Economy3
PS A330The American Political Tradition3
PS/SOC A361Social Science Research Methods3
PS A492Senior Seminar in Politics *3
Complete one course with a ^ from each of the five areas below:15
Comparative Politics
Comparative Politics * ^
Comparative Northern Politics ^
Tribes, Nations and Peoples
Studies in Politics
International Relations
International Relations * ^
United States Foreign Policy ^
Model United Nations
Studies in Politics
Political Philosophy
Political Philosophy * ^
History of Political Philosophy I: Classical * ^
History of Political Philosophy II: Modern * ^
Studies in Politics
American Politics
The United States Congress ^
The American Presidency ^
Constitutional Law
Alaska Government and Politics
Alaska Native Politics
Public Administration
Studies in Politics
Political Behavior
Political Sociology * ^
Political Behavior, Participation, and Democracy ^
Studies in Politics
Internship in Political Science
Complete 6 credits in additional upper-division PS courses from one of the five areas listed above. PS A490 may be repeated with different subtitle.6
*

Courses required for political science majors which may be used to meet General Education Requirements and/or College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division, and a minimum of 39 PS credits.

Honors in Political Science

Students majoring in political science are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if they satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements for a BA in Political Science.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.50 or above in courses applicable to the degree requirements.
  3. Complete PS A492 in the final term of study with a grade or A or B.
  4. Receive an honors score (based upon criteria established by the department) on a comprehensive examination for majors.

Departmental honors are awarded by the political science faculty.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to write clear and precise English prose.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand basic principles of American government.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the relationship between the United States and the larger world.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and criticize competing political science arguments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and interpret important political texts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a satisfactory senior-level research paper.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of each recognized field within political science.