Political Science, BA

Offered in: Chicago

Political Science is the study of government and political thought, and how the formal and informal institutions of power shape our lives. As a field of study, Political Science has a rich history, and thinkers in the field have influenced our understanding of critical questions about human societies, including: What is the best form of government? How can societies rebuild themselves after violent conflict? What causes war and what kinds of institutions can prevent it? Modern Political Scientists grapple with an exceptional range of problems facing governments and citizens, including how to increase turnout in elections, how to foster cooperation between governments to fight climate change, and how to safeguard the rights of minorities and marginalized groups. 

A major in Political Science is appropriate for students considering careers in law, political campaigns and elections, public policy, social advocacy, foreign service and diplomacy, non-governmental organizations, intelligence work, civil service and many more. Because politics is the key to understanding how American democracy functions, as well as how power is contested in other societies and in the global arena, many global leaders in the United States and around the world majored in political science, including most members of the U.S. Supreme Court, President Barack Obama, Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Roosevelt’s faculty in Political Science teach and research about a broad array of topics, including the role of race in American politics, global economic development, human rights, terrorism, Chicago politics and constitutional law. What unites the faculty in the department is a commitment to the intellectual and social development of our students, as well as a shared belief that social justice can only be achieved with a robust understanding of the political world and the challenges awaiting the next generation of socially conscious leaders.

Political Science majors are encouraged to pursue a minor in related and complementary fields, particularly Journalism and History. Students who anticipate applying to law school should strongly consider a minor in Legal Studies

Requirements

  • Students must complete 11 courses in the major, with at least five courses at the 300 level.
  • All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • Transfer students must take at least six Political Science courses at Roosevelt University.
  • Majors are encouraged to take ECON 101 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I and ECON 102 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II.
  • Students planning to attend law school are strongly encouraged to pursue a minor in Legal Studies
  • Students planning to pursue graduate study in political science should discuss with their advisors appropriate courses of study in languages and statistics.
Introductory courses
Select three of the following:9
UNITED STATES POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
INTRODUCTION TO POLITCAL THEORY
POS 2XXOne additional 200-level course in Political Science3
POS 290RESEARCH IN POLITICAL SCIENCE3
Six electives in political science, five at the 300 level18
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12087
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)