Political Science - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science
302 Bowman Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2060
polisci@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/polisci


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science empowers students to be engaged global citizens and informed consumers of information who are competitive in a range of careers. Graduates work in the public and private sectors across the United States and around the globe. Others go on to graduate programs or to law school.

Students in the major are provided internship and study abroad opportunities, including two semester-long, 15-credit hour internship programs, one in Washington D.C., and one in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, the Department of Political Science offers study-abroad courses in Germany during the summer, and students often also take advantage of Kent State programs in Florence, Italy, and Geneva, Switzerland. More information can be found on the Department of Political Science website.

The Political Science major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The American Politics concentration investigates the political context of life in the United States in courses on public opinion, elections and the media, as well as Congress, the presidency, and the courts.
  • The International Relations-Comparative Politics concentration focuses on international policy and politics, including aid and development, energy and oil, human rights and regions of the world (e.g., Latin America,  Middle East and Russia).
  • The General concentration allows students to design their own specialization rather than choosing a specific area to concentrate.
  • The Public Policy concentration explores how governments address major policy questions such as health care, environmental protection and foreign policy. Courses introduce students not only to the policy questions and implications, but also to the skills involved in policy analysis. 

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills.
  2. Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills.
  3. Demonstrate advanced understanding of national and international issues and political systems.
  4. Demonstrate multi-cultural literacy.
  5. Demonstrate competence with quantitative statistical and qualitative analysis tools.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
POL 10004COMPARATIVE POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS) 3
or POL 10500 WORLD POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS)
POL 10100AMERICAN POLITICS (DIVD) (KSS) 13
or POL 10300 PUBLIC POLICY
POL 30001RESEARCH METHODS (ELR) 3
POL 30002POLITICAL THOUGHT 3
or POL 30003 POLITICAL ECONOMY
Political Science (POL) Elective3
Political Science Upper-Division Elective (POL 30000 or 40000 level) 23
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)14-16
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional 13-6
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 33
College General Requirements (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 43
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)33
Concentrations
Choose from the following:18
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

Students who choose POL 10100 will need to take 3 credit hours of Kent Core Additional. Students who do not choose POL 10100 will need to take 6 credit hours of Kent Core Additional.

2

The following courses may be applied toward upper-division electives as approved by department: POL 40980; POL 40981; POL 40995; POL 40992  and POL 40996.

3

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biological Sciences (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). The course may not be from the student's major.

4

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

  1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
  2. Elementary I and II of a second language
  3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
1

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses.This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.

2

Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.

American Politics Concentration Requirements

[AS-BA-POL-APOL]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
POL 40191SEMINAR IN AMERICAN POLITICS (WIC) 13
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:15
MAY 4 1970 AND ITS AFTERMATH
AMERICAN POLITICAL THEORY
THE CONGRESS
PRESIDENCY AND EXECUTIVE BUREAUCRACY
THE JUDICIAL PROCESS
OHIO POLITICS
URBAN POLITICS AND POLICY
STATE POLITICS AND POLICY
POLITICS AND THE MASS MEDIA
PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW:GOVERNMENTAL STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES (DIVD)
REGULATORY POLICY
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICIES
HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL POLICY
WOMEN, POLITICS AND POLICY (DIVD)
POLITICS OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (DIVD)
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

General Concentration Requirements

[AS-BA-POL-GENL]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
Political Science Upper-Division Electives (POL 30000 or 40000 level)15
Concentration Elective, choose from the following:3
SEMINAR IN AMERICAN POLITICS (WIC) 1
SEMINAR IN PUBLIC POLICY (WIC) 1
SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS-COMPARATIVE POLITICS (WIC) 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

International Relations—Comparative Politics Concentration Requirements

[AS-BA-POL-IRCP]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
POL 40591SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS-COMPARATIVE POLITICS (WIC) 13
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:15
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY
EUROPEAN POLITICS (DIVG)
ASIAN POLITICS (DIVG)
AFRICAN POLITICS (DIVG)
LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS (DIVG)
MIDDLE EAST POLITICS (DIVG)
POLITICS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND LAW
NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
POLITICS OF WAR
POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (DIVG)
HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (DIVG)
POLITICS OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS (DIVD)
COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Public Policy Concentration Requirements

[AS-BA-POL-PPOL]

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
POL 40391SEMINAR IN PUBLIC POLICY (WIC) 13
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:15
PUBLIC POLICY THEORY
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
OHIO POLITICS
URBAN POLITICS AND POLICY
STATE POLITICS AND POLICY
POLITICS OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND LAW
NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY
REGULATORY POLICY
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICIES
HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL POLICY
WOMEN, POLITICS AND POLICY (DIVD)
COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY
U.S. FOREIGN POLICY
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
POL 10100
AMERICAN POLITICS (DIVD) (KSS)
or PUBLIC POLICY
3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
POL 10004
COMPARATIVE POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS)
or WORLD POLITICS (DIVG) (KSS)
3
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
POL 30002
POLITICAL THOUGHT
or POLITICAL ECONOMY
3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
Concentration Electives 6
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
POL 30001 RESEARCH METHODS (ELR) 3
Concentration Electives 6
College General Requirement 3
College General Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Political Science (POL) Elective 3
Concentration Elective 3
Kent Core Requirement or General Elective 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
Political Science Upper-Division Elective (POL 30000 or 40000 level) 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Concentration Seminar Requirement 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120