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Political Science, B.A.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

  • Minimum GPA: 2.0
  • Declaration of Major:  Change of Major form accepted year-round; students declaring the major should meet with the assigned academic advisor before registering for the next semester
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  24

Degree Requirements

A Major in Political Science for the B.A. degree requires 30 credit hours of political science courses.  

The online option for the B.A. in Political Science degree is designed for transfer students who have earned the associate degree from a North Carolina community college or who have earned at least 60 credit hours and have completed the UNC Charlotte general education courses, including six credit hours in mathematical and logical reasoning.


General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

For details, refer to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language Requirement .  

Major Courses (30 credit hours)

Major Core Courses (13 credit hours)


* Students who receive an evaluation of Qualified (3) or above on the Advanced Placement examination in American Politics will receive credit for POLS 1110 

** Students who receive an evaluation of Qualified (3) or above on the Advanced Placement examination in Comparative Politics will receive credit for POLS 1130 .

Methods Course (3-4 credit hours)

Select one of the following. POLS 2220  should be taken unless there is a double major, as indicated.  POLS 2220  and one of the Senior Courses listed below fulfill the writing intensive courses (W) required for graduation. If an equivalent social science methods course is taken that is not a writing intensive course, then another writing intensive course will need to be taken.

Major Elective Courses (17 credit hours)

Political Science Elective Courses (11-14 credit hours)

Select any POLS courses to achieve a total of 30 credit hours in POLS courses.***


*** No more than 9 credit hours from POLS 3400 , POLS 3800 , POLS 4110 , and POLS 4163  may be used to fulfill major requirements.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all Political Science courses.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Political Science, visit the program page .