Political Science Major or Minor

 

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Why Major in Political Science?

Political Science is the study of government systems, political behavior, and public policies at both the domestic and international level. Majoring in political science offers you a broad, comprehensive knowledge and understanding of how political decisions are made and how they shape our society and world.

The Political Science program at Murray State University offers a rigorous and extensive curriculum using both scientific methods and humanistic perspectives. This well-designed academic training provides students with a valuable stepping stone to successful careers in various fields.

Students with a Political Science degree will:

  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge on political systems, policies, and political behavior of the U.S. and other countries
  • Develop their academic interest through various research opportunities
  • Attain analytical, research, and problem-solving skills
  • Hone data management and analysis skills

What Can You Do with a Political Science Degree?

- Anything You Want!!!

The knowledge and skill sets that MSU Political Science graduates gained are required for many successful careers and valued by diverse employers in various fields. Many Political Science majors go on to careers in government, law, polling and campaign management, diplomacy, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, business, journalism and communications, education and research, etc. Our graduates have also been very successful at gaining admission into law school and various graduate programs.

Political Science Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree (CIP 45.1001)

University Studies Requirements ...............................39-43 hrs
(See Academic Degrees and Programs.)

University Studies selections must include:

  • Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills

STA 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics Note: See required courses below before selecting University Studies elective courses. A minimum grade of C is required in ENG 105 and POL 140 from freshmen and transfer students majoring or minoring in political science.

Required Courses................................................................25 hrs
POL 100T Transitions
POL 140 American National Government
POL 240 State and Local Politics
POL 250 Introduction to International Relations
POL 252 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 261 Introduction to Political Theory
POL 359 Writing and Inquiry in the Social Sciences
POL 360 Research Methods
POL 499 Senior Seminar in Political Science

Required Limited Electives...................................................15 hrs
Chosen from any POL course numbered between 300-499.
Note: Only six hours of credit toward the major may be received for POL 488, 489, or 495.

Required Minor..............................................................21-24 hrs

Unrestricted Electives.....................................................13-20 hrs

Total Curriculum Requirements.........................................120 hrs

The Political Science program at Murray State University also offers Political Science/Legal Studies Track (Pre-Law Program) and Political Science/Social Studies Teaching Certification.

Political Science Minor Requirements

Political Science Minor…………………………………………………………………. 24 hours

POL 140, 250, 252, 261; and 12 hours of POL electives. Electives may be chosen from any POL course numbered between 300-499. Only three hours are allowed from POL 488,489, 495. Six hours must be upper-level courses completed at Murray State University. A minimum grade of C in ENG 105 and POL 140 is required of all students minoring in political science. No substitutions shall be made in the minor without written approval of the department chair.