Buena Vista University

Political Science

Even though members of a society hold different opinions and values, they must agree on certain rules and procedures in order to get things accomplished. In a nation, the government is the ultimate body that sets the framework for how we live together, from national environmental policy to economic regulations that affect the pizza place down the street. No matter if your personal politics skew liberal or conservative, a political science degree can help you learn how to better participate in and analyze the important decisions affecting your nation and community.

As a political science major, you will study theories of government and discuss their implications for current events. In your first years, you’ll focus on studying key actors, institutions and ideologies, examining them in comparative historical and global contexts. Through internship opportunities, you’ll participate in the political process in action. Through research, you’ll learn to evaluate different measures of the will of the people.  In your final years in the program, you will apply the background you’ve built to make your own independent contributions to politics and the study thereof.

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Courses of study

Major in Political Science: 40 credit hours

MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSCN 205 Introduction to Political Philosophy
PSCN 240 Judicial Process or PSCN 245 Introduction to American Law
PSCN 310 Comparative Politics or PSCN 315 International Relations
PSCN 400 Pre-Professional Seminar
PSCN 460 Constitutional Law
PSCN 465 Civil Liberties or PSCN 485 Special Topics in Political Science
PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs

Option A:

2 courses from:

HIST 320 History of the Middle East
HIST 349 Modern Europe
HIST 360 History of China
HIST 362 History of Japan
HIST 364 History of India
PSCN 495 Political Science Internship
Additional PSCN or PSPA course at the 300 level or higher not previously completed to satisfy a PSCN requirement

Option B:

PSCN 490 Washington Center internship program

Minor in Political Science: 24 credit hours

PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSCN 205 Introduction to Political Philosophy
PSCN 310 Comparative Politics or PSCN 315 International Relations
PSCN 460 Constitutional Law
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs

2 courses from:

PSCN or PSPA at the 300 level or higher

Major in Political Science with teaching Licensure (5-12):

Political science major (40 credit hours)
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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Buena Vista University
610 W. 4th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
800.383.9600

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