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Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Political Science (B.A.)


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Program: B.A.
Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 209 ~ 260-481-6686 ~ www.ipfw.edu/pols


The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

Identify basic and explain advanced key terms and concepts in the major fields of the discipline

  • Political Thought and Philosophy
  • American Government and Politics
  • Comparative Government
  • International Relations
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Write/communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative research tools appropriately.
  • Research and analyze political issues and engage in problem solving
  • Behave ethically and professionally in keeping with disciplinary standards for personal integrity, academic honesty, respect for diversity, and civil dissent and discourse

To be prepared for:

  • Those careers outlined in the latest edition of the APSA Careers and the Study of Political Science, and especially careers in government/public service/political system or related areas.
  • Graduate study/law school.
  • Becoming active and involved citizens and leaders in the local community, the nation, and beyond.

To earn the B.A. with a major in political science, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), and complete the following courses:

IPFW General Education Requirements


Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations


Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

  • Additional credits in Area III Credits: 3

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved coursesp 

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis (not in POLS) Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


Foreign Language


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part B Credits: 14

Distribution (not in POLS)


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part C Credits: 9

Cultural Studies


  • Requirements in Arts and Sciences Part D Credits: 6

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses


General Elective Courses


  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 124.

Total Credits: 124


Teacher Certification


You may be certified as a teacher of social studies after fulfilling all requirements for the B.A. with a major in political science and all requirements for teacher certification. Full information on teacher-certification requirements is available from the School of Education.

Prior to your junior year, the School of Education requires that you successfully complete EDUA F300, EDUC W200/M101, and EDUC K201 and the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before admission to the teacher education program. The PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exam must be completed before or during the student-teaching semester, normally in your senior year.

Notes


Neither Y398 (Internship in Urban Institutions) nor Y482 (Practicum) may count for more than 6 credits for the major; these two courses together may not count for more than 9 credits for the major.

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