Bachelor of Art in Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science as well as a minor with an emphasis in Political Science or Public Administration.

The Political Science program is divided into five areas: comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy, American politics, and political behavior. Majors in Political Science are required to take at least one course in each of these areas, to specialize in one of them, and to complete introductory courses in political science.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Core Courses
PS A101Introduction to American Government *3
PS A102Introduction to Political Science *3
PS A301Comparative Political Economy3
PS A330The American Political Tradition3
PS/SOC A361Social Science Research Methods3
PS A492Senior Seminar in Politics *3
Complete one course with a ^ from each of the five areas below:15
Comparative Politics
Comparative Politics * ^
Comparative Northern Politics ^
Tribes, Nations and Peoples
Studies in Politics
International Relations
International Relations * ^
United States Foreign Policy ^
Model United Nations
Studies in Politics
Political Philosophy
Political Philosophy * ^
History of Political Philosophy I: Classical * ^
History of Political Philosophy II: Modern * ^
Studies in Politics
American Politics
The United States Congress ^
The American Presidency ^
Constitutional Law
Alaska Government and Politics
Alaska Native Politics
Public Administration
Studies in Politics
Political Behavior
Political Sociology * ^
Political Behavior, Participation, and Democracy ^
Studies in Politics
Internship in Political Science
Complete 6 credits in additional upper-division PS courses from one of the five areas listed above. PS A490 may be repeated with different subtitle.6

Courses required for political science majors which may be used to meet General Education Requirements and/or College of Arts and Sciences requirements.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division, and a minimum of 39 PS credits.

Honors in Political Science

Students majoring in political science are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if they satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements for a BA in Political Science.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.50 or above in courses applicable to the degree requirements.
  3. Complete PS A492 in the final term of study with a grade or A or B.
  4. Receive an honors score (based upon criteria established by the department) on a comprehensive examination for majors.

Departmental honors are awarded by the political science faculty.


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