Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Political Science, Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Liberal 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.

Related Links

Political Science, BA Program Page

Political Science Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.00 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.00 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Modern Language Requirement0-9
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements39

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Complete Goal requirements as indicated below
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Global Community
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Science, Technology & Math
Select nine to ten credits:9-10
Challenges of the Modern Age
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment Areas:9
Total Hours45-46

BA Modern Language Requirement

BA degree requires language proficiency at the 103 class level. Exemption by placement or examination is possible.

Complete 0-9 credits0-9
Total Hours0-9

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
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

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
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 20 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 20 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Major Requirements
POLS 101American National Government 13
POLS 310Research Methods 13
POLS 444Capstone: Political Analysis 13
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
Comparative Politics
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
Political Behavior
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: 23-6
Total Hours39

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.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Political Science - BA (5 68)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 10-2019
UCC 9.10.2019