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Online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Complete Coursework: varies Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $248.25 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Political Science online gives you the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in law, politics or public service. You will gain a strong background in law and policy, including legal writing, research and advocacy. A-State graduates of our political science campus program enjoy a 100% law school placement rate. Or, 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.

Admissions as a Senior to Enroll in Graduate Courses

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 ASU 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 Masters 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.

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State Program Approvals (.PDF)

A-State Online allows you to pair our B.A. in Political Science with select A-State Online degrees: B.A. in Communication Studies, B.A. in Criminology, B.A. in Sociology.

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

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Program Requirements

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
An examination of state and federal police powers and how they are regulated by the Constitution and statutes.
U.S. presidency and national executive processes in the American political system.
A comparative analysis of major European political systems in terms of their pressure groups, political parties, and policy formation processes.
Various approaches to the study of international politics.
Introduction to the discipline of political science, its subfields, and to the use of the social scientific method and logical inquiry.
An analytical study of American political theories from the pre-colonial era to the present and their impact upon our political institutions.
Contemporary political ideas and movements, including liberalism, conservatism, anarchism, fascism, communism, and nationalism.
Survey of the field of public administration and its problems.
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.
Judicial and statutory interpretations of the fundamental liberties contained in the U.S. Constitution.
Surveys the field of comparative politics, with case studies of selected countries.
Major Middle Eastern political systems, with concentration on their common characteristics and major differences.
Writings of modern political philosophers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau.

Communication Requirement

Must have six credit hours of the following courses.

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.
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

Must have three to four credit hours or any higher level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite. The course listed below is the only one offered online through A-State at this time. You may also take Math 1054.

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

Arts and Humanities Requirement

Students must complete three courses from this section. At least one must be a fine arts course, one humanities, and one English course. Please note that Intro to the Literature of the Western World I ENG 2003 and Intro to the Literature of the Western World II ENG 2013 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other Fine Arts courses not offered online are ART 2501, THEA 2503, PHIL 1103.

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

Three of the following courses must be completed. At least one course must be selected from SOC 2213, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Please note that POSC 2103, Introduction to American Government, and SOC 2213, Introduction to Sociology are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other social science courses that can be taken but not offered online are ECON 2313, ECON 2333, POSC 1003.

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

Life Science Requirement

One of the following courses and lab must be completed. Please note that Biological Science BIO 1003 and Laboratory for Biological Science BIO 1001 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other courses that may be taken but not offered online are BIO 1033, BIO 1063, BIO 2013.

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.
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

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

Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign Language up to 12 hours (courses to be determined)

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