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Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Values, voice, and vision are more than just the Ursuline mantra – they are essential qualities in our political leaders.

You’ll build the kind of confidence here that you won’t gain anywhere else: 20% of women in congress graduated from a women’s college like Ursuline, making them 8x more likely to get elected than their co-ed colleagues. When you study Political Science at Ursuline, you’re going to be ready to use both humanistic and scientific approaches to understanding governments and other decision-making institutions, public policies, and political behavior, both in the United States and internationally. The major combines courses in American and international government systems with studies in law, civic rights, and political policies.

In the Public Policy and Advocacy track, you’ll get ready for active civic engagement and learn ways to make an impact on local and national governments at the grassroots level. Between campus organizations dedicated to advocacy and relationships with community partners, you’re going to get to work on real-world issues that matter to you to bring about change in Northeast Ohio. The Political Science program also offers a track of coursework for a Pre-Law concentration. Learn more about being a Pre-Law student at Ursuline.

Learn more on the Political Science program homepage.

Values, voice, and vision are more than just the Ursuline mantra – they are essential qualities in our political leaders.

You’ll build the kind of confidence here that you won’t gain anywhere else: 20% of women in congress graduated from a women’s college like Ursuline, making them 8x more likely to get elected than their co-ed colleagues. When you study Political Science at Ursuline, you’re going to be ready to use both humanistic and scientific approaches to understanding governments and other decision-making institutions, public policies, and political behavior, both in the United States and internationally. The major combines courses in American and international government systems with studies in law, civic rights, and political policies.

In the Public Policy and Advocacy track, you’ll get ready for active civic engagement and learn ways to make an impact on local and national governments at the grassroots level. Between campus organizations dedicated to advocacy and relationships with community partners, you’re going to get to work on real-world issues that matter to you to bring about change in Northeast Ohio. The Political Science program also offers a track of coursework for a Pre-Law concentration. Learn more about being a Pre-Law student at Ursuline.

Learn more on the Political Science program homepage.

Students in Political Science are well qualified for exciting careers in law, business, public service, non-profit administration, politics, teaching, government, research analysis, and grass roots engagement.

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science:

  • Political Science 106 – Introduction to American Government
  • Political Science 220 – Civic Engagement
  • Political Science 230 – International Relations
  • Political Science 250 – Major Policy Issues
  • Political Science 340 – Public Policymaking
  • Political Science 475 – Internship
  • Political Science 420 – Political Science Research Methods
  • Political Science 430 – Law and Public Policy Seminar
  • Math 212 – Statistics (also fulfils an Ursuline Core Curriculum requirement)
  • Philosophy 331 – Social and Political Philosophy
  • Two of the following: Political Science 288/488 – Special Topics, Economics 102 – Macroeconomics, Economics 103 – Microeconomics, History 208 – Survey of Middle Eastern History, History/Sociology 215 – Civil Rights Movement, History 233 – History and Government of Ohio, Religious Studies 360A – Peace and Justice, Religious Studies 360B – Ecojustice, Sociology 319 – Criminology, Sociology 322 – Urban Sociology, Social Work 318 – Policies, Programs, and Issues

To minor in Political Science, take the following classes:

  • Political Science 106 – Introduction to American Government
  • Political Science 230 – International Relations
  • Philosophy 331 – Social and Political Philosophy
  • Three of the following: Political Science 115 – Introduction to Law, Political Science 210 – Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Political Science 220 – Civic Engagement, Political Science 250 – Major Policy Issues, Political Science 310 – Constitutional Law, Political Science 340 – Public Policymaker, Political Science 420 – Political Science Research Methods, Political Science 475 – Internship

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D. (Chair)
Anne Murphy Brown, J.D.

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