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Political Science (Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts) Sample Online Curriculum

This sample course of study is based on the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog. It is not an official advising document. All efforts have been made to provide accurate program information. However, this information is subject to change by the department.

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Lower Division General Education and Departmental Requirements

This degree program is available completely online at ODU, which means you can start as a freshman. If you already have college credits, you may be able to transfer them to ODU and satisfy many of these lower division course requirements.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
ENGL 110C English Composition3Satisfies GEN ED Written Communication
GEN ED. (DEPT) Written Communication Skills3ENGL 211C or 221C
GEN ED. Literature3
GEN ED. Oral Communication Skills3
GEN ED. (DEPT) Mathematical Skills3STAT 130M is required for the B.S. degree and recommended for the B.A. degree
GEN ED. Language and Culture*0-12
GEN ED. Human Creativity3
GEN ED. Interpreting the Past3
GEN ED. Philosophy and Ethics3
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. The Nature of Science4
GEN ED. Impact of Technology3Any ODU "T" course
GEN ED. (DEPT) Human Behavior3ECON 201S

* For the Bachelor of Arts degree, you must have language competence through the 202 level. You may receive credit for prior coursework in high school or college, or through demonstrated competence.

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Major Courses

Some course requirements are different depending on whether you pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

All students will use elective courses to complete at least nine credit hours in American politics/public law, and at least nine credit hours in international relations/comparative politics.

In your junior or senior year, you will complete and submit a capstone paper to the department.

Old Dominion University CourseCreditsNotes
POLS 100S Introduction to International Politics3
POLS 101S Introduction to America Politics3
POLS 102S Intro to Comparative Goverment and Politics3
ECON 202S or GEOG 100S3
POLS 308 Research Design3Satisfies GEN ED. Information Literacy/Research Skills requirement
Three POLS 300-400 electives9
B.A. only - one additional POLS 300-400 elective3
B.S. only - POLS 418 Quantitative Methods3
Three POLS 400-level electives9
One POLS 300-400 writing intensive (W) elective3

 

Upper-Division General Education Requirement

  • Option A. An approved minor, second degree or second major (12 credit hours minimum)
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor (12 credit hours)
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure.
  • Option D. Two upper division courses from outside the College of Arts and Letters, or two upper division courses not required by the major from the Arts and Humanities Component. (6 credit hours)

 

View All Political Science Course Descriptions in ODU's Undergraduate Catalog

 

This bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours total.

To complete this degree at ODU as a transfer, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at ODU.

 

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