College of Arts and Sciences
122 Williams Hall, 419-372-2921
Study in Political Science prepares students to be critical observers of politics and society, active citizens, and for careers in a variety of fields. Our courses provide a deeper understanding of domestic and international politics. They train you to think critically, write well, and speak with confidence. Our alumni work in settings such as federal, state, and local governments; international organizations; interest groups; educational institutions; law enforcement agencies; and businesses.
Major, Bachelor of Arts (33 hours) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements
POLS 1100 and 2900 and three additional hours at the 1000 level (POLS 2900 should be taken no later than the end of the junior year). A minimum of 24 hours of political science at the 3000-4000 level distributed among at least three areas of political science with a concentration (at least 9 hours) in one area is also required. The following areas in political science are available:
- American government
- Comparative government
- International relations
- Political theory
- Public administration
- Public law
POLS 3030 is recommended for any of the 3000- and 4000-level courses in public administration. The beginning student is encouraged to take the following courses before taking advanced courses in a particular area: POLS 1100 for American government, POLS 1710 for comparative politics, and POLS 1720 for international relations. While all 1000- and 2000-level coursework completed satisfactorily will count toward the hours necessary for the baccalaureate degree, no more than nine hours at the 1000-2000 level or nine hours of POLS 4960 will count toward the 33-hour major.
All students must consult with an advisor early in their pursuit of a major. Students opting for honors in political science must also take POLS 4950, Honors Seminar in Contemporary Political Science, and write a senior thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor.
Minor (21 hours)
- POLS at 1000 level (6)
- POLS at 2000/3000/4000 level (15)
No more than nine hours of POLS 4960 will count toward the minor.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Political Science are expected to be able to:
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about the subject matter of political science;
- Apply critical-thinking abilities and disciplinary theories/frameworks to solve problems.
Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Political Science program is currently undergoing Program/Cluster Review.
Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Political Science program does not lead to professional licensure.
Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Political Science program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.