Lake Superior State University

Political Science: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


Political science is the systematic study of government, politics and public policy. It is one of a number of liberal arts majors that prepare students for a broad range of career opportunities.

Political science majors choose one of three tracks or concentrations: general political science, pre-law or public administration. Each concentration provides a combination of knowledge and skills especially appropriate for those with particular career goals. However, choosing one concentration over the others does not limit you to a particular career path — each of the tracks provides a solid grounding in political science and a broad liberal arts background.

General education requirements and sufficient elective credits must be completed so that at least 124 semester credits have been earned.

Other Qualifications — Graduate degrees are required for some positions; thus, a law degree is required for work as an attorney and a Ph.D. is required for appointment to permanent teaching and research positions in colleges and universities.

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):

Bachelor of Arts/Science Political Science-General
Bachelor of Arts/Science Political Science-Pre-Law
Bachelor of Science Political Science-Public Administration



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts/Science Political Science--General

The general political science concentration is designed to provide a broad education in political science. It is most appropriate for students who plan to attend graduate school in political science and for those with an interest in government and politics who wish to get a broad, liberal education. Students who continue their education in graduate school most often pursue careers as professors, researchers, consultants or government officials. Students who do not pursue graduate study choose from a wide variety of career options in government, politics, teaching, journalism and business.

Political Science Courses

  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4

A minimum of one course in each of four political science fields, and two courses in one of the fields:

A minimum of 21 credits must be at the 300/400 level, with at least nine of these at the 400 level.

General Political Science Cognates

Complete one of the following (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Cognates):

Bachelor of Arts Cognates (8 credits)

One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Cognates (A minimum of 9 credits from the following)

  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
  • SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • SOCY213 Introduction to Anthropology 3

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


Bachelor of Arts/Science Political Science--Pre-Law

The pre-law concentration is designed to provide students interested in legal careers with a planned curriculum that prepares them especially well for law school and for careers in law. Students who choose this option are often interested in careers as attorneys, prosecutors or judges. It should be noted that this is not a mandatory pre-law curriculum; it is a curriculum for pre-law students who have a special interest in government and politics.

Political Science Courses

  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI120 Introduction to Legal Processes 3
  • POLI130 Introduction to State and Local Government 4
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • POLI222 Introduction to the Legal Profession 3

A minimum of one course in each of three political science fields:

A minimum of 21 credits must be at the 300/400 level. (At least nine of these credits must be at the 400 level.)

Pre-Law Cognates

Two law courses from the following:

  • LAWS Any legal Assistant courses 2-4
  • CJUS202 Canadian Criminal Law 3
  • CJUS319 Substantive Criminal Law 3
  • CJUS406 Advanced Canadian Jurisprudence 3
  • CJUS409 Procedural Criminal Law 3
  • BUSN350 Business Law I 3
  • BUSN355 Business Law II 3

Complete one of the following (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Cognates):

Bachelor of Arts Cognates (8 credits)

One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Cognates (A minimum of 9 credits from the following)

  • ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • PSYC101 Introduction to Psychology 4
  • SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • SOCY213 Introduction to Anthropology 3

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

 

 

Bachelor of Science Political Science--Public Administration

The public administration concentration is most appropriate for students who plan to work in an administrative capacity in public agencies or nonprofit organizations with public missions.  Students who choose this option are preparing for careers of public service.  Such careers may be pursued through positions in government agencies at the local, state or provincial, and national levels.  Other positions may be found in nonprofit organizations involved in public concerns, such as Common Cause, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Michigan Health Council.  Some of these careers of public service may be pursued with only a bachelor's degree.  Others may require completion of a master's degree in public administration or a related field.

Political Science Courses

  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI130 Introduction to State and Local Government 4
  • POLI201 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  • POLI211 Political Science Research and Statistics 4
  • POLI301 Policy Analysis and Evaluation 4
  • POLI401 Principles of Public Administration 3

A minimum of one course in each of three political science fields:

Public Administration Cognates

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


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