Political Science

Political Science, as a discipline, involves the systematic study of politics and the political system.  The Political Science  program  at Kentucky State University  has  a highly developed academic curriculum that prepares students for graduate study in political science or related areas such as law or public administration.   Political Science  requires  the  application  of  knowledge  and critical thinking to assess, prevent, and resolve political and social problems.   Additionally, the curriculum addresses preparation of students for entry-level career position  in  the  public  and  private  sectors  of employment.

Curriculum Guides

Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation.  In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones.  Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.

Program Requirements

To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, including 36 semester credit hours in Political Science.   The required courses are POS 160, 201, 211, 300*, 301**, 355, and 499; and the selection of 6 semester credit hours from any two of the three specialization options  (Constitutional  Law, International Relations, and Legislative/Executive Politics) in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students seeking the Constitutional Law option must complete POS 331 and 431.   Students selecting the International Relations option must complete 6 semester credit hours from POS 311, 361, 363, 462, or 464. Students select the Legislative/Executive Politics option must complete 6 semester credit hours from POS 322, 466, or 461.   Students should consult their advisor for the availability of other specialization options.   The student, in consultation with his or her advisor, must select a final 3 semester hours elective from a 300/400 level political science course to complete the 36-hour Political Science major.  Additionally, the student must complete a minor, where a minor is composed of 18 hours. The remainder 10 hours will be free electives.

Also, students must complete POS 101 as part of the Liberal Studies Requirement, as well as, complete at least 6 hours of electives.  A minor in Political Science requires the completion of 18 semester credit hours including POS 160, 211, 300 or 301, 355, and the selection of one 6-semester-credit-hour specialization option in consultation with the student’s minor advisor. In addition, students taking a minor in Political Science must complete POS 101 as part of the Liberal Studies Requirements.

  • SOW 400 (Statistics for Social Work) or PUA 203 (Introduction Statistics for Public Administrators) may substitute.
  • SOW 401 (Research Methods for Social Work) or PUA 303 (Research Methods in Public Administration) may substitute.