B.S. Degree in Political Science

Overview

The B.S. in History/Pre-Law combines work in history, political science, economics, and literature to prepare the student for a variety of career opportunities and graduate studies. This degree is designed as preparation for careers in public administration, civil service, or foreign service, typically after taking an appropriate graduate degree. It also provides a good background for graduate work in the areas studied and is an excellent preparation for law school.

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in History/Pre-Law will:

  1. Be familiar with law school pedagogy and course work.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of history and knowledge of basic research techniques, the use of documents, and the handling of evidence, as part of a Christian worldview.
  3. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through effective communication of independent research.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of American and European history.
  5. Be able to apply Christian ethics to life situations, as a leader in the home, community, and church.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours.

45 hours, minor required  

1. 12 hours survey courses 

  • POLS-2113 - Introduction to American Politics
  • POLS-2213 - Introduction to Global Politics
  • POLS-2413 - Comparative Politics
  • ECON-2113 - Macroeconomic Principles

2. 3 hours legal studies 

  • POLS-3313 - Legal and Legislative Analysis

or 

  • POLS-4113 - Constitutional Law

3. 9 hours 3000/4000 level global or comparative politics 

4. 9 hours 3000-4000 level American politics 

5. 6 hours research courses 

  • POLS-2313 - Research Skills in Political Science
  • POLS-4713 - Political Research Seminar
  • (Both courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.) 

6. 6 hours of elective political science

  • May include an internship. 

Related Careers

  • Campaigns
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Legislative Bodies
  • Libraries and Archives
  • Museums
  • Research Institutes
  • Teaching (primary school, middle school, high school and university level)

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