Department of Political Science

Programs: Majors & Minors in Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Science (BS), and a variety of Minors.

Majors
The following summarizes the differences between a BA & BS in Political Science. First, however, the similarties:

  • Both Degrees require 126 hours to graduate;
  • Both degrees require a minor (24 hours);
  • All programs at ECU (including Political Science) require a 2.0 (C) GPA overall, and in the major, to graduate;
  • All programs at ECU (including Political Science) require 42 hours of Foundation Curriculum courses;
  • Both degrees require complettion of the Foundation Curriculum, except that the BA requires 4 semesters of a Foreign Language, and the BS does not.

The main differences between the programs are summarized below:

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Required Courses: 9 Hours (POLS 1010, 2010, 2020)

Structured Electives: 3 Hours (Theory/Methods)

Electives: 24 Hours (any POLS class). Note that only 6 hours of independent study or internship may count toward the major

Cognates: None

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Required Courses: 18 Hours (POLS 1010, 2010, 2020, 3031, 3032, 3240)

Structured Electives: 18 Hours: American Politics (3 Hrs.), Intl. Relations/Comparative Politics (3 Hrs.), Theory Methods (3 Hrs.), Public Admin./Policy (3 Hrs.)

Electives: 15 Hours (any POLS class). Note that only 6 hours of independent study or internship may count toward the major

Cognates: ENGL 3820 or 3860 or 3880

For more specific information, please see the catalog or an advisor.

Program Check-sheets
Below are printable check-sheet to track your progress toward either of the majors or the four minors.


Dept. of Political Science, Brewster A-124, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353
Phone (252) 328-6189
Fax (252) 328-4134