Political Science, B.A.

Program Type:
Online Bachelor
College:
College of Sciences
120
Credits Required

The Department of Political Science seeks to (1) provide a broad background for careers in foreign and domestic public service and in the private sector where a knowledge of government and politics is necessary; (2) provide a broad background for and facilitate admission to law school through the prelaw emphasis; (3) prepare students for teaching, research, and graduate study in Political Science; (4) provide a broad background for careers in politics; and (5) educate citizens and promote their active interest in public affairs. Students should plan their major or minor in consultation with their departmental advisor according to their interests and career objectives.

Degree Requirements

Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog. Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major without prior departmental approval. Students should consult with a departmental advisor. Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 21 semester hours of regularly scheduled courses taken from the UCF Department of Political Science. Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

Students should choose one of the following three tracks.

Track 1: American Politics and Policy

Core Requirements: Basic Level (3 Credit Hours)

  • POS 2041: American National Government

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (21 Credit Hours)

  • POS 3703: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • Two courses in American Politics and Policy (Area A)
  • Two courses in International Relations – Comparative Politics (Area B)
  • Two courses in Political Theory (Area C)
  • POS 4961: Exit Exam Course in graduating semester

Restricted Electives (12 Credit Hours)

  • Two courses in American Politics and Policy (Area A)
  • Two courses from any Area (Areas A, B, or C)

Or

Track 2: International Relations – Comparative Politics

Core Requirements: Basic Level (3 Credit Hours)

  • POS 2041: American National Government

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (21 Credit Hours)

  • POS 3703: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • Two courses in American Politics and Policy (Area A)
  • Two courses in International Relations – Comparative Politics (Area B)
  • Two courses in Political Theory (Area C)
  • POS 4961: Exit Exam Course in graduating semester

Restricted Electives (12 Credit Hours)

  • Two courses in International Relations – Comparative Politics (Area B)
  • Two courses from any Area (Areas A, B, or C)

No more than one of the following courses may be considered part of Area B credit:

  • INR 4351: International Environment Law or
  • INR 4401: International Law or
  • INR 4404: Space Law

Or

Track 3: Prelaw

Core Requirements: Basic Level (3 Credit Hours)

  • POS 2041: American National Government

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (6 Credit Hours)

  • POS 3703: Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • POS 4284: Judicial Process and Politics
  • POS 4961: Exit Exam Course in graduating semester

Restricted Electives (27 Credit Hours)

Select one of the following courses:

  • POS 4603: American Constitutional Law I or
  • POS 4604: American Constitutional Law II or
  • INR 4401: International Law

plus

  • Two courses in American Politics and Policy (Area A)
  • Two courses in International Relations – Comparative Politics (Area B)
  • One course in Political Theory (Area C)
  • Three courses from any Area (Areas A, B, or C)

For specific course options in each area, see the program description in the current undergraduate catalog.

Graduation

Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.

Electives

Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside the department.

Internship Program: For students who excel, a limited number of internships may be available each semester for three to six hours of credit. Under the Internship Director, the student is typically placed in an office of local, state, or national government, a law office, or campaign headquarters.

Online Courses

Some elective choices, options in specialization areas, and courses that are not in the major may not be offered online. Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. More information is available here.

Departmental Exit Requirement

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major
  • Complete the Educational Testing Service Field Exam in Political Science during the student’s graduating semester.

Total Semester Hours Required: 120

Transfer Notes

Lower division courses taken at community colleges do not substitute for upper division courses.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of summer credit.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Joseph Paul Vasquez, III or Mr. Nick Schenk

College of Sciences

Department of Political Science

407-823-2608

politics@ucf.edu

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