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Lake Superior State University

Political Science: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


Political science is the systematic study of government, politics and public policy. It is one of a number of liberal arts majors that prepare students for a broad range of career opportunities.

Political science majors choose one of four tracks or concentrations: general political science, pre-law, public administration or secondary teaching. Each concentration provides a combination of knowledge and skills especially appropriate for those with particular career goals. However, choosing one concentration over the others does not limit you to a particular career path — each of the tracks provides a solid grounding in political science and a broad liberal arts background.

General education requirements and sufficient elective credits must be completed so that at least 124 semester credits have been earned.

Other Qualifications — Graduate degrees are required for some positions; thus, a law degree is required for work as an attorney and a Ph.D. is required for appointment to permanent teaching and research positions in colleges and universities.

 

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts/Science Political Science

The general political science concentration is designed to provide a broad education in political science. It is most appropriate for students who plan to attend graduate school in political science and for those with an interest in government and politics who wish to get a broad, liberal education. Students who continue their education in graduate school most often pursue careers as professors, researchers, consultants or government officials. Students who do not pursue graduate study choose from a wide variety of career options in government, politics, teaching, journalism and business.

Political Science Courses

  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4

A minimum of one course in each of four political science fields, and two courses in one of the fields:

  • POLI American Politics (325, 364, 367, 467) 3-4
  • POLI Comparative Politics (160, 331, 333, 334, 335, 340) 3-4
  • POLI International Relations (241, 411, 413, 420) 3-4
  • POLI Political Philosophy (351, 352) 4
  • POLI491 Senior Seminar I 4
  • POLI492 Senior Seminar II 4
  • Additional political science electives to reach 42 credits 6-10

A minimum of 21 credits must be at the 300/400 level. (At least nine of these credits must be at the 400 level.)

General Political Science Cognates

  • COMM302 Argumentation and Advocacy 3-4
    or
  • COMM320 Public Relations 3-4
  • CSCI101 Intro. to Microcomputer Applications 3
  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • ENGL310 Advanced Writing 3
    or
  • ENGL221 Creative Writing 3
  • HIST Full-year history sequence (usually HS101-102 or HS131-132) 8
  • PHIL204 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    or
  • PHIL205 Logic 3

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Cognates

Bachelor of arts cognates:

  • One year of a foreign language 8

or

Bachelor of science cognates: A minimum of nine credits from the following:

  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
  • SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • SOCY213 Introduction to Anthropology 3

 


Bachelor of Arts/Science Political Science, Pre-Law Track

The pre-law concentration is designed to provide students interested in legal careers with a planned curriculum that prepares them especially well for law school and for careers in law. Students who choose this option are often interested in careers as attorneys, prosecutors or judges. It should be noted that this is not a mandatory pre-law curriculum; it is a curriculum for pre-law students who have a special interest in government and politics.

Political Science Courses

  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI120 Introduction to Legal Processes 3
  • POLI130 Introduction to State and Local Government 4
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • POLI222 Introduction to the Legal Profession 3

A minimum of one course in each of three political science fields:

  • POLI Comparative Politics (160, 331, 333, 334, 335, 340) 3-4
  • POLI International Relations (241, 411, 413, 420) 3-4
  • POLI Political Philosophy (351, 352) 4
  • POLI467 Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties 4
  • POLI491 Senior Seminar I 4
  • POLI492 Senior Seminar II 4

Additional political science electives to reach 42 credits 1-3

A minimum of 21 credits must be at the 300/400 level. (At least nine of these credits must be at the 400 level.)

Pre-law Cognates

  • ACTG230 Fundamentals of Accounting (or ACTG132 or OFFC119) 4
  • COMM302 Argumentation and Advocacy 3
  • CSCI101 Intro. to Microcomputer Applications 3
  • ENGL310 Advanced Writing 3

    or
  • ENGL221 Creative Writing 3
  • HIST Full-year history sequence (usually 101-102 or 131-132) 8
  • LAWS102 Legal Research and Case Analysis 3
  • LAWS202 Legal Writing and Analysis 3
  • PHIL205 Logic 3

Two law courses from the following:

  • LAWS Any legal assistant courses 2-4
  • CJUS202 Canadian Criminal Law 3
  • CJUS319 Substantive Criminal Law 3
  • CJUS406 Advanced Canadian Jurisprudence 3
  • CJUS409 Procedural Criminal Law 3
  • BUSN350 Business Law I 3
  • BUSN355 Business Law II 3

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Cognates

Bachelor of Arts cognates:

  • One year of a foreign language 8

or

Bachelor of Science cognates: A minimum of nine credits from the following:

  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
  • SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • SOCY213 Introduction to Anthropology 3

 

Bachelor of Arts/Science Political Science, Public Administration Track

The secondary teaching concentration in political science is designed to provide a broad education in political science that will prepare students to teach high school courses in government and politics.

Political Science Requirements (41 credits)

  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI130 Introduction to State and Local Government 4
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • POLI241 Intro. to International Relations 4
  • POLI352 Political Philosophy II 4
  • POLI367 Congress and the Presidency 4
  • POLI411 U.S. Foreign Policy 3
  • POLI467 Constitutional Law & Civil Liberties 4
  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • GEOG201 World Regional Geography 4

Complete one methods course from the following:

  • EDUC444 Secondary Methods in Social Studies 3
  • EDUC454 Directed Study: Social Studies Methods

Departmental Requirements (19 credits)

Required for standards

  • POLI160 Introduction to Canadian Government and Politics 3
  • POLI491 Senior Seminar I 4
  • POLI492 Senior Seminar II 4
  • HIST131 United States History I 4
  • HIST132 United States History II 4

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.

Minor 20-28 credits

  • Complete the requirements of a certifiable teaching minor

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Cognates 8-9 credits

Bachelor of Arts Cognates

  • One year of a foreign language 8

or

Bachelor of Science Cognates

Three courses (minimum nine credits) from the following:

  • ECON202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
  • SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • SOCY213 Introduction to Anthropology 3

Total Required Credits 124-140

Depending upon minor chosen


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.