Political Science is central to an understanding of all basic social issues and is one of the most popular liberal arts majors. A political science education gives people the ability to understand the workings of politics and the way it impacts the lives of all of us. A major in this field helps students develop skills of understanding and analysis, and builds competence in oral and written expression. Graduates go on to careers in law, business, journalism, teaching, and government.
Admission to the Program
Transfer: Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.
Bachelor Degree Requirements
A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.
3. Residency: The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.
4. Upper Division: Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
5. Academic Major and Minor: Undergradute students must complete a major. Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences. No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study. All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6. Grade Point Average: To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average). Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements. Check with your academic advisor.
Requirements are subject to change so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.
Areas of Study
Areas of political science in which courses are offered include:
(1) American Politics and Public Affairs;
(2) International Relations and Comparative Politics;
(3) Political Theory. Within each area, major themes are explored (e.g., public policy and administration, political values and change, elite-mass relationships, and political parties and groups.)
Majors in Political Science must complete 33 credits divided between introductory courses that provide a foundation and upper level courses that allow for specialized investigation.
Three introductory courses are required for the major.
One of the first courses taken should be PSCI 210 - Introduction to Political Science. Two additional
introductory courses must be chosen from the following:
PSCI 216 American National Government
PSCI 251 Comparative Political Systems
PSCI 275 Introduction to World Politics
PSCI 291 Concepts of Political Science
Eight upper level courses are also required. These are selected from the three areas of study: American Politics and Public Affairs; International Relations and Comparative Politics; and Political Theory.
Majors choose one of these areas as their area of concentration and complete five 300-level courses in that area.
Two 300-level courses must be completed from a second area of study and one 300-level course from the remaining area.
Especially aware of the needs of part-time as well as full-time students, courses in Political Science are available for a full undergraduate program during days, evenings, and Saturdays.
Program Contact Information
The ten faculty members of the Department of Political Science all hold doctoral degrees from a variety of outstanding institutions including: Cornell, Rochester, Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts, Washington, Johns Hopkins, and Purdue.