B.S. in Political Science

Political systems provide constant challenges and opportunities for engagement, and you have a sense of curiosity about the grand questions of our time. Find ways to address today's local and global issues, using critical thinking and reasoning to move beyond opinions and truly understand our complex world.

What you'll study

The political science major focuses on both the U.S. political system (the forces that influence it and the consequences for the nation) and international political systems (international relations, global institutions, and international alliances). Dig deeper with courses on elections, Congress, research methods, politics in Latin America and the Middle East, and the First Amendment.

How you'll learn more

Strengthen your analytical and negation skills in Model United Nations competitions with our award-winning team. Research and defend a legal stance in a courtroom setting on our Mock Trial team. Hear from and engage with visiting authors, political figures, and activists. And take advantage of the uniquely international flavor and political dynamism that characterizes South Florida.

Where it can take you

Politics may seem like the most obvious choice, but there are plenty of opportunities to apply your knowledge in law, journalism, nonprofit organizations, or education. An increasingly globalized world requires more politically savvy business leaders and government officials. Advance your studies at the graduate level in international affairs, business, or law.

Program Curriculum

Core Courses (24 credits)
Credits
HIPS 2900
Research Methods in History and Political Science (HIPS 2900 / Credits: 3 )
3
HIPS 4900
Senior Seminar Capstone (HIPS 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 1010
American Government and Politics (POLS 1010 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 1200
Introduction to Political Science (POLS 1200 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 2010
Comparative Government (POLS 2010 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 2100
State and Local Government (POLS 2100 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 2300
International Relations (POLS 2300 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 3100 or PHIL 3670
Political Theory or Social and Political Philosophy (POLS 3100 or PHIL 3670 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 6 credits from the following courses
Credits
LGST 4270
Judicial Politics and Process (LGST 4270 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 3200
The Congress (POLS 3200 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 3400
The Presidency (POLS 3400 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 3600
Voting and Elections (POLS 3600 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 6 credits from the following courses
Credits
LGST 3400
Comparative Legal Systems (LGST 3400 / Credits: 3 )
3
LGST 4420
War Crimes (LGST 4420 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 3500
Global Politics (POLS 3500 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 4100
European Union (POLS 4100 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 6 credits from the following courses
Credits
HIPS 4500
Special Topics in History and Politics (HIPS 4500 / Credits: 3 )
3
HIST 3010
Constitutional History I (HIST 3010 / Credits: 3 )
3
HIST 3020
Constitutional History II (HIST 3020 / Credits: 3 )
3
HIST 3400
U.S. Foreign Relations (HIST 3400 / Credits: 3 )
3
LGST 4100
The First Amendment (LGST 4100 / Credits: 3 )
3
LGST 4310
Individual Rights and the Law (LGST 4310 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 2400
Model United Nations (POLS 2400 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 3011
Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science (POLS 3011 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 4200
Latin American Politics (POLS 4200 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 4300
Middle Eastern Politics (POLS 4300 / Credits: 3 )
3
POLS 4400
Applied Quantitative Analysis (POLS 4400 / Credits: 3 )
3

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, COMM, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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