Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

Departmental Offerings

History and Political Science department course offerings have changed course prefix/designation to the following: HP (formerly HG): History and Political Science courses; HST (formerly HIS): History courses; PSC (formerly GVT): Political Science courses.

  • MAJOR: 38 credits

    • PSC101 Comparative Politics (3) - CI
    • PSC113 Introduction to American Politics (3) - CR
    • PSC121 International Relations (3) - CI
    • PSC125 Introduction to Public Policy (3) - CT
    • PSC331 Political Science Research Methods (3)  
    • HP442 Thesis Research (2)
    • HP443 Research Project (3) - ILIT; RP; WI
    • History Elective

      3 credits (based upon student’s interests and in consultation with one’s Advisor) selected from the following
      • HST137 African American History (3) - CI
      • HST221 American History from 1877 to Present (3) - CI
      • HST223 U.S. Foreign Policy: World War II to the Present (3) - CT
      • HST230 Problems of the Third World (3)
      • HST304 Modern China (3)
      • HST308 Modern Latin America (3) - CI
      • HST315 Modern Political Thought (3)
      • HST317 The Middle East (3) - CI
      • HST319 20th Century Russia & Eastern Europe (3) - CI
    • Political Science Electives

      15 credits, of which: 6 credits must be at the 300 level or above, AND at least one course (3 credits) must be taken from each of 3 areas: American Government; Comparative Government/International Relations; Public Policy/Law. Courses will be selected from the following:
        • PSC114 State & Local Government (3) - CR
        • PSC217 American Political Parties & Pressure Groups (3)
        • PSC223 Political & Civil Rights in the U.S.(3) -- ME
        • PSC224 American Political Campaigns & Elections (3)
        • PSC230 U.S Judicial Process (3) - CR
        • PSC305 American Constitutional Law (3) - CI
        • PSC311 Seminar in Legislative Politics (3)
        • PSC415 Seminar on the Presidency
        • PSC210 Politics of Globalization (3) - CI
        • PSC213 Sustainability & Third World Development (3) - CI
        • PSC221 Political Economy of East Asia (3)
        • PSC225 Politics of China (3) - CI
        • PSC231 Global Governance (3) - CI
        • PSC232 International Political Economy (3)
        • PSC238 Dictatorship & Democracy in World Politics (3)
        • PSC315 Politics of Western Europe (3)
        • PSC326 Politics of East Asia (3) - CI
        • PSC327 Politics of South Asia (3) - CI
        • PSC117 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) - CI
        • PSC/ENS211-212 Environmental Energy Policies I-II (3/3)
        • PSC215 Issues in Public Policy (3) - CT
        • PSC219 Politics, Planning & Land Use (3)
        • PSC228 Community Planning & Sustainability (3) - SL
        • PSC/WST320 Gender & Policy in the U.S. (3) - CT; WI 
        • PSC350 Political Argumentation & Debate (3) - CS
        • PSC411 Environmental Law (3)


  • CFE97 Career Preparation Seminar AND 3 credits in Career Field Experience (one or multiple experiences totaling 3 credits are allowed)

CORE: 45 credits

  • CMP101 English Composition (3) - CS; ILIT; WI
  • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
  • MTH104 Survey of Statistics (3) - CT; QL
  • Foreign Language and Core Electives: 36 credits
  • Foreign Language Requirement: Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level. The requirement may be satisfied through the completion of college level coursework or the successful completion of a proficiency examination. A complete description of the requirement is available in the Foreign Language section of the Daemen catalogue.

FREE ELECTIVES: 36 credits

Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in Political Science courses.



You can find information about all of our departmental majors, the requirements for Admission to Upper Division, and requirements for Graduation here or by visiting the History & Political Science Department section of the college catalog, or at the Program Plans option on the Registrar's web page.  

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequences for: BA, Political Science, from the History and Political Science Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.

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