Political Science, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Rock Studies
Program Learning Outcomes
- Substantive Knowledge: Political Science students will demonstrate substantive knowledge of institutions, processes and values that shape politics within and among states, and the major theories, concepts, foundations, and methodologies used in the study of politics.
- Critical Thinking: Political Science students will develop the capacity to think critically about local, state, national, and global politics.
- Effective Communication: Political Science students will be able to present and defend their ideas, the information that they have acquired, and the analyses developed while utilizing scholarly approaches in political science.
- Research Skills: Political Science students will demonstrate competency with basic tools underlying modern social and political science research, including proficiency in both quantitative and qualitative analysis, which will allow students to ask and answer basic political questions.
- Engagement in Politics: Political Science students will be prepared for active citizenship and demonstrate an ongoing interest in local, state, national and global politics.
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Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher
|Rock Studies Requirements||42|
|Modern Language Requirement||0-9|
|Other Basic Requirements||0-3|
Rock Studies Requirements
|SUBJ 139||University Seminar 1||3|
|ENGL 102||Critical Writing||3|
|ENGL 104||Critical Reading||3|
|MATH 117||Quantitative Reasoning||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice|
|Ethics and Civil Discourse|
|Civil Discourse and Democracy|
|Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry|
|Select 3 Credits||3|
|Select 3 Credits||3|
|Social Science Inquiry|
|Select 3 Credits||3|
|Natural Sciences Inquiry|
|SCI 101||Science of Life||3|
|Physical Sciences Inquiry|
|SCI 102||Understanding the Physical World||3|
|Select 12 Credits 2||12|
Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.
From at least 3 categories; no more than 6 credits from one department; 6 credits must be 300-level or above.
BA Modern Language Requirement
BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.
|Complete 0-9 credits||0-9|
Basic Math Requirement
Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.
|Complete one of the following:||0-3|
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
|Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:||0-3|
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
|Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts|
|Introduction to Computing and Programming|
|Technology for Wellness|
- 20 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
- 20 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
|POLS 101||American National Government 1||3|
|POLS 310||Research Methods 1||3|
|POLS 444||Capstone: Political Analysis 1||3|
|Areas of Study|
|Select at least two courses in four of the six areas listed below:||24-30|
|American Political Institutions|
|State and Local Government 1|
|Law and Courts 1|
|The Presidency 1|
|The Congress 1|
|Political Theory & Thought|
|Foundations of Political Science 1|
|Introduction to Political Theory 1|
|Seminar in Democracy 1|
|Utopian Experiments: Issues of Gender and Power 1|
|International Relations & Politics|
|International Relations 1|
|Foreign Policy 1|
|The United Nations and International Law 1|
|Transnational Terrorism 1|
|International Political Economy 1|
|National and International Security: Problems and Issues 1|
|Introduction to Comparative Politics 1|
|Politics of Developing Areas 1|
|Latin American Politics and Development 1|
|Public Policy and Law|
|Introduction to Public Policy 1|
|Civil Liberties and Civil Rights 1|
|Policy Analysis and Evaluation 1|
|Using Evidence to Solve Public Problems 1|
|Constitutional Law 1|
|Organized Political Action 1|
|Campaigns & Elections 1|
|Public Opinion and Political Attitudes 1|
|Assessing Public Opinion 1|
|Political Learning 1|
|The Political Film 1|
|Politics of Race 1|
|Seminar in Religion and Politics 1|
|Gay and Lesbian Politics 1|
|Campaign Management & Strategy 1|
|Women and Politics 1|
|If a student takes 24 credits from above, then a six credit internship may be selected. If student takes 27 credits from the above areas, then a three credit internship may be selected.|
|Select three to six credits of Internship: 2||3-6|
Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA
May complete an internship, POLS 450, of up to twelve (12) hours, but not more than six (6) of those hours may count toward the minimum requirement of thirty-nine (39) hours for completion of the major. Alternately a student might complete the Harrisburg Internship Program, POLS 451, POLS 452 and POLS 454; but, again not more than (6) of those hours may count toward the minimum requirement of thirty-nine (39) hours for the completion of the major.
Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.
Political Science - BA (5 68)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Important Curriculum Guide Notes
This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.
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