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Undergraduate Catalog | 2022-2023 
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Political Science, Security and Intelligence Studies Concentration, B.A.

The B.A. in Political Science with Concentration in Security and Intelligence Studies encourages students to gain a broad, well-rounded understanding of the ethics, processes, priorities, and outcomes of national security policy, with a focus on the role of information and intelligence in the policymaking process.  The concentration is designed to prepare students to work in a wide range of occupations in the government, private, non-profit sectors that deal with national security broadly understood, and for the obligations of state, national, and global citizenship in the 21st century.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA:  2.0 in POLS courses
  • Other Requirements:  Political Science major
  • 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

Degree Requirements

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 (12-13 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 .

*** 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 needs to be taken.

Major Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

Senior Course (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

Political Science Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Select any 3 credit hour POLS course to achieve a total of 30 credit hours in POLS courses.   No more than 9 credit hours of 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

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in concentration courses is required.