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Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
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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.

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

Currently Enrolled Students

  • 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 (31-32 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 1511 .

** Students who receive an evaluation of Qualified (3) or above on the Advanced Placement examination in Comparative Politics will receive credit for POLS 1501 .

Major Elective Courses (9 credit hours)

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

Progression Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in concentration courses is required.