2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 25, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Political Science (B.A./B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

William Prigge, Department Head
Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion
West Hall Room 109
E-mail: will.prigge@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

The study of Political Science examines politics, governments, and political processes. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science prepare graduates for work in government agencies, party headquarters, political consulting firms, advocacy organizations, business, or non-profit agencies. The flexibility of the major also positions students for law school and other professional or graduate degree programs.

Student Learning Objectives

Students with a major in Political Science will be able to:

  • define concepts, theories and methods of political science.
  • demonstrate an awareness of political systems beyond the United States.
  • demonstrate an awareness of political issues facing traditionally underrepresented communities in America.
  • develop a disciplined, skeptical stand and outlook on the world that demands evidence and a sophisticated use of information.  This includes recognizing the difference between strong and weak arguments based on evidence, seeking use of proper citations and peer review in other works.
  • demonstrate an awareness that knowledge is often incomplete or imperfect, and thus multiple alternatives must be considered and conclusions are subject to change.
  • recognize the difference between strong and weak arguments based on evidence, use of proper citations and peer review.
  • identify and summarize the arguments of other scholars.
  • frame a scholarly question and develop research strategies to address it, generate arguments, written and verbal, that are reasoned and based on evidence selected, arranged and analyzed. 
  • effectively navigate the library and online databases, as well as can use statistical software.

Curriculum Objectives

Political science courses are designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • convey the values and traditions of our democratic governmental institutions and processes and encourage students to assert their talents in preserving and nurturing those values and traditions through participation in the body politic;
  • promote global awareness and understanding;
  • engender critical thinking and a high proficiency in communication skills;
  • serve the other social sciences as a cognate field;
  • provide the student majoring in political science with foundation and advanced courses in the many sub-disciplines of political science which, in turn, will contribute to the student’s intellectual growth and occupational pursuits.

Academic Requirements

No grade below a “C” in political science courses may be used to fulfill major or minor requirements.

Course Delivery Format

The program provides courses online and face to face on campus and at various off-campus attendance centers.

Requirements for Political Science Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: 9+

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science specifications.

Major Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120