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B.A. in Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Online


Program Overview

Get to Know Our 100% Online Political Science Bachelor’s Degree


Pursue your passion and prepare for roles in diplomacy and law by earning your A-State B.A. online. Gain a well-rounded understanding of politics and political processes with this 100% online program. You will also advance your knowledge of law and policy, including a focus on legal writing, research and advocacy.

This degree is a great steppingstone to many graduate school programs. If you choose to continue your education in public administration, you may have the opportunity to apply up to 9 credits from your undergraduate work toward your A-State Master of Public Administration online. Whichever path you choose, you will be prepared with a strong background in political theory, constitutional law and comparative politics.

Interested in pursuing a double major? A-State Online allows you to pair our B.A. in Political Science with select A-State Online degrees including our B.A. in Criminology, B.A. in Communication Studies, and B.A. in Sociology.

To initiate a double major, fill out this form, and an advisor will contact you.

icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Transfer Credits
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icon Up to 90 Transfer Credits
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In-Demand Skills:

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek

  • Political Analysis
  • Communication Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Political Analysis
  • Building Effective Relationships

Top Careers:

Prepare for a broad range of professional roles, including:

  • Campaign Manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Paralegal
  • Recruiter

Projected Job Growth:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in political science occupations is projected to grow 6.2% from 2019 to 2029 and will result in about 316,344 new jobs nationwide.

Also available:

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A-State is ranked #6

among the “Top 10 Best Colleges in Arkansas” by Collegechoice.net, 2020

Tuition

Our Affordable Program Tuition Can Be Paid As You Go


Our B.A. in Political Science online program offers the same affordable tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. Administrative fees are included in the tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$218.00 $40.00 $258.00 $654.00 $120.00 $774.00

Calendar

Important Dates for Our Students


Our B.A. in Political Science is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2021 7 wk 01/12/2021 02/26/2021 12/16/2020 12/18/2020 01/07/2021 01/08/2021 02/12/2021
7 wk 03/08/2021 04/30/2021 02/22/2021 02/26/2021 03/04/2021 03/05/2021 04/16/2021
Summer 2021 5 wk 06/01/2021 07/02/2021 05/17/2021 05/21/2021 05/27/2021 05/28/2021 06/18/2021
5 wk 07/06/2021 08/06/2021 06/21/2021 06/25/2021 07/01/2021 07/02/2021 07/23/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/25/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/27/2021
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Admissions

Requirements for the Online Political Science Degree


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.A. in Political Science online program should review and follow the requirements for admission below.

  • When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps in the application process.
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Seniors at Arkansas State University may register for graduate credit if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be within 12 semester hours of completion of the bachelor's degree at A-State in the semester in which the dual enrollment is to occur.
  • Met the GPA requirements for unconditional admission to the Graduate School.
  • Obtain approval of the faculty advisor, the course professor and the graduate dean.

Seniors may then enroll in a maximum of 12 hours of graduate work, provided the total undergraduate and graduate hours do not exceed 15 semester hours. A course used toward an undergraduate degree cannot be counted or used later for graduate credit, except in the case of enrollment in an approved Accelerated Master's Program. Students will receive graduate credit only if the requirements for the bachelor's degree have been met by the end of the term and all requirements for admission to the Graduate School are met.

Enrollment under these conditions is limited to one term. Graduate tuition will be charged for all graduate courses.

Other exceptional undergraduate students who have attained senior status but are not in their last 12 hours and who wish to enroll in graduate school will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Information

Students that have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

When the student has:

  • Less than 12 college hours: submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

What You'll Learn in Your Online Political Science Courses


To earn your Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 42 credit hours of major courses and 40 credit hours of elective courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

POSC 3003: Introduction to Political Analysis

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the discipline of political science, its subfields, and to the use of the social scientific method and logical inquiry.

POSC 3123: American Constitutional Law

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Constitutional theories as expounded in decisions of the Supreme Court since 1789. Questions such as the nature of law and political theories underlying Supreme Court decisions will be investigated.

POSC 3153: American Presidency

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

U.S. presidency and national executive processes in the American political system.

POSC 3173: Civil Liberties, Rights, and the Constitution

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Judicial and statutory interpretations of the fundamental liberties contained in the U.S. Constitution.

POSC 3183: Criminal Law and the Constitution

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An examination of state and federal police powers and how they are regulated by the Constitution and statutes.

POSC 3203: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Surveys the field of comparative politics, with case studies of selected countries.

POSC 3223: European Political Systems

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A comparative analysis of major European political systems in terms of their pressure groups, political parties, and policy formation processes.

POSC 3303: Introduction to International Politics

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Various approaches to the study of international politics.

POSC 3423: American Political Theory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An analytical study of American political theories from the pre-colonial era to the present and their impact upon our political institutions.

POSC 3433: Political Ideologies

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Contemporary political ideas and movements, including liberalism, conservatism, anarchism, fascism, communism, and nationalism.

POSC 3453: Modern Political Theory

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Writings of modern political philosophers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau.

POSC 3503: Principles of Public Administration

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Survey of the field of public administration and its problems.

POSC 4223: Middle Eastern Political Systems

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Major Middle Eastern political systems, with concentration on their common characteristics and major differences.

Students must take 40 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered so long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Departmental Option Course Requirement:

This 3-hour course for the degree plan is chosen by the department, not the individual student.

PHIL 1103: Introduction to Philosophy

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of any higher-level Mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities courses.

ENG 2003: World Literature to 1660

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: World Literature Since 1660

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, SOC 2213 or HIST 2773.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Introduction to Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Biological Science Lab

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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