B.S. Degree in Political Science


The degree provides an academic program for those students interested in learning about the institutions, laws, and public policies of local, national, and global governance.  It encompasses a broad theoretical and substantive survey of governance institutions, laws and public policies.  Students will be prepared for entry-level public service careers, law school, and many graduate programs in public policy, political science, public administration, and political management.

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science will:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of American and global political systems and actions.

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of political science and knowledge of basic social science research techniques, as part of Christian worldview.

3.  Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through effective written and oral communication.

4.  Be able to apply Christian ethics to life situations.

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. 9 hours survey courses 

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

2. 3 hours legal studies 

  • POLS-3313 - Legal and Legislative Analysis


  • POLS-4113 - Constitutional Law

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

4. 9 hours 3000-4000 level American politics 

5. 9 hours research courses 

      Each must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • POLS-2313 - Research Skills in Political Science
  • POLS-2513 - Data Analysis
  • POLS-4713 - Political Research Seminar

6. 6 hours of elective political science or 3 hours political science and 3 hours macroeconomics

  • 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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