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BA in Political Science

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program is designed to help students develop an understanding of the U.S. political system and the policies and processes that shape the government. Read more about this bachelor's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Aspiring students of the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program should have an interest in political strategies and public policy as well as strong communication and analytical skills. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program have the chance to gain a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. political system and can learn how to apply social science theories and methodologies to current and historical political issues. Course topics in this program include public administration and public policy, international relations, and how globalization affects world politics. Students also have the chance to learn about comparative politics and work with case studies that follow the process of conducting research in the field of political science, including designing the study, gathering and analyzing data, and making conclusions. Electives allow students to focus their studies on a specific area of interest within political science through classes such as campaign finance and fundraising, community sociology, criminal law, and legal research methods.

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Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science:

Political Science Major Courses

  • POL 210: American Politics
  • POL 211: International Relations
  • POL 309: American State and Local Government
  • POL 313: Political Theory and Applications
  • POL 327: US Government and Contemporary Issues
  • POL 328: The Legal System in America
  • POL 360: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL 364: Globalization and World Politics
  • POL 370: Analysis and Research in Political Science
  • POL 491: Political Science Capstone Experience
  • PAD 330: Public Administration
  • Students select four courses from the following:
    • COM 227: Public Relations
    • COM 310: Social Media
    • COM 320: Exploring World Cultures/Mass Media
    • HIS 113: United States History I: 1607-1865
    • HIS 222: War and Society, Antiquity to 1800
    • HIS 223: Modern War & Society
    • HIS 245: United States History since 1945
    • JUS 224: Legal and Justice Research Methods
    • JUS 261: Judicial Administration
    • JUS 305: International Criminal Justice
    • JUS 375: Criminal Law
    • JUS 455: Legal Traditions
    • PAD 331: Public Administrative Ethics and Theory
    • PAD 332: Municipal Government Operations
    • PAD 340: Public Fiscal Management
    • PAD 341: Disaster Recovery and Response
    • POL 371: Political Parties and Interest Groups
    • POL 372: Campaign Finance and Fundraising
    • POL 374: Campaign Organizing and Mobilization
    • SOC 213: Sociology of Social Problems
    • SOC 291: Experiential Learning
    • SOC 490: Community Sociology Internship

General Education Courses

  • 12 credits of Foundation Area courses
  • 24 credits of Exploration Area courses
  • 9 credits of Integration Area courses

(Note: Students must take MAT 240 as a General Education requirement.)

Free Electives

  • 21 credits of free elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this bachelor's degree program could decide to continue their studies through a master's degree program in political science or a related field. A graduate degree could be important for individuals who are interested in pursuing management positions or for those looking to expand their political and public policy knowledge. Some related master's degrees include:

  • Master of Science in Political Science
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in International Affairs
  • Master of Business Administration

Career Paths:

Once they have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern New Hampshire University, graduates should have the communication and analysis skills needed to pursue careers in government business writing, advocacy, campaign strategy, or public policy analysis. Some of the positions graduates could consider include:

  • Campaign Assistant
  • Government Writer
  • Public Policy Coordinator
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Public Affairs Manager

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