2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
    Sep 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Political Science, BA


Admission Requirements:

Students can be admitted into the College of Liberal Arts after completing ENG 1100 or ENG 1140 with a grade of C or by completing at least two other Wright State Core courses taught by the College with a grade of “C” or higher.

Program Description:

Students of Political Science study governments: how they evolve, why they exist, the forms and social functions they assume, why they change, and who controls them. To understand governments, students of Political Science also study politics: how people behave in their relationship to government, what they do to influence government, and how government attempts to influence people’s behavior and beliefs about what it does. Students of politics appreciate how cultural, historical, and economic forces affect the evolution of governments and mass political behavior.

The Bachelor of Arts program in Political Science focuses on three areas of instruction:

  1. American politics, including legislative and executive institutions, political parties and interest groups, public administration, public opinion and elections, and state and urban government.

  2. International relations and comparative politics, including American foreign policy, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Russian, African, and Asian politics; national security policy, terrorism, human rights, and developing political systems;

  3. Law and the courts, and political theory, including public law, judicial politics, constitutional law, criminal justice, civil liberties, and environmental law, feminist theory, political philosophy, political ideologies, the history of political thought, and political analysis.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Be effective writers
  • Be able to produce analytical work on both domestic and international political issues

Departmental Honors

Political Science majors may earn departmental honors by completing the following requirements:

  1. Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all Political Science course work and a 3.0 in cumulative GPA overall in all course work,

  2. Complete an honors project (20-page minimum) associated with a 4000-level course in Political Science with a grade of A or B (interested students should contact the chair of the School of Public and International Affairs for more information).

By completing these requirements and the eight-course Honors Program requirement, majors may earn the designation “University Honors Scholar” upon graduation. Interested students should contact the University Honors Program for more information.

For additional information:

Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours


Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Required 

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours


II. College Requirements: 18-22 Hours


Foreign Language: 12-16 Hours


Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry: 6 Hours


III. Departmental Requirements: 57 Hours


Complete A through D below:

A. Core


Six credit hours required from the following:

B. Area Requirements


18 credit hours required. Choose six hours from each of the three areas listed below.

Area I - American Government & Politics (6 hours)

Area II - International and Comparative Politics (6 hours)

Area III - Law & Courts and Political Theory (6 hours)

C. Major Electives


18 credit hours required. Choose 18 hours of any upper-level PLS courses.

Law & Government Option

Students who want this focus may choose the Law and Government Option (6 hours, plus 12 hours of additional PLS electives).

D: Related Requirement: 15-21 Hours


A minor, second major, or set of courses from another discipline or disciplines with a clear focus to complement the student’s academic and professional goals.

IV. Electives: 3-7 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.