May 26, 2020
All requirements for political science majors are outlined below. In addition to the core of required courses, all students must complete course work in one of the three concentrations.
Political Science Major
Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits)
In College Core B , all majors in programs in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences are required to pass a second course in Social and Behavioral Sciences; i.e., CHBS majors cannot fulfill College Core B requirements with a Health and Wellness course. Note: Some concentrations in the major require specific courses to fulfill Core Curriculum requirements.
Total Credits Needed for Degree 120
POSC electives must be taken at the 300-400 level. Courses transferred in from community college are not eligible for credit as 300-400 level classes.
Public Affairs Concentration (39 credits)
Political Science Foundations (27 credits)
Law, Justice, and Society Concentration (39)
Core Curriculum Requirements:
Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits) of which the following are required:
University Core B:
College Core A:
College Core B:
Political Science Foundations (15 hours)
Political Science Electives (9)
Additional Courses (15 credits)
15 credit hours of course work chosen from the list below. Courses must be chosen from 3 different disciplines. At least 9 credit hours must be at 300-400 level.
Foreign and National Security Policy Concentration (39 credits)
Political Science Foundations (24 credits)
We recommend a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree for this concentration. Students will increase their marketability and credibility in international affairs with language training. Particularly useful are strategic languages, Radford offers Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian.
Recommended Core Curriculum Courses:
We also recommend the following course(s) from other departments for students interested in this concentration:
B.S. Requirements (6 credits)
Bachelor of Science requirements for political science majors consist of six semester hours chosen from the following:
Students should consult with their academic advisors to determine which degree option best suits their needs. The department strongly encourages students to take a foreign language, but also recognizes that there is no one program of study that is equally suited to every student. Regardless of whether students pursue the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, they are encouraged to include some of the above courses in their elective curricula.
To graduate with a major in Political Science, a student must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken with a POSC prefix.
Students wishing to teach government at the secondary level should declare a social science major Social Science, B.A. and/or Social Science, B.S. ). To strengthen credentials as a government teacher, students should consider a double major in both social science and political science.