Political Science - B.S.

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

The Political Science bachelor's degree program prepares students to engage with questions of power, governance, justice and injustice in American and global politics. This program provides students with a rigorous grounding in the analytical, critical and ethical thinking necessary to be an effective professional in the world of politics and public service. Political Science majors encounter the dynamic, complex world of politics through the program’s core sequence of courses that emphasizes political literacy and communication, civic and global engagement, ethical decision making, and the application of theory to politics. With priority on exploration and choice, students may pursue their educational and career goals through our program’s three major elective categories: 1) American/U.S. Politics, 2) International and Comparative Politics, and 3) Political Thought, Communication and Practice.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Analyze a diversity of political systems, movements, issues and the dynamic nature of international relations.
  • Apply political theory to the practice of politics and political science.
  • Demonstrate fluency in the fundamentals of political communications in a variety of professional contexts and settings.
  • Effectively employ qualitative and quantitative research methods as appropriate to data demands and contexts.
  • Articulate and integrate core ethical principles and standards that define public service and the professional practice of political science.

Students are encouraged to pursue a wide range of opportunities for experiential and applied learning in politics and political science, through program options such as internships, study abroad and language learning. These opportunities provide students with the critical edge needed for building a career in politics and political science, including political campaign management and leadership, political communications, policy research, constituent relations, foreign service, nonprofit organizations, international governmental organizations, transnational corporations, international trade, and government agencies operating at the local, state and federal levels, as well as graduate study. Students also have the opportunity to produce an undergraduate thesis, which prepares them for further graduate study.

Political Science

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
PSCI1001Introduction to Political Science4.5
PSCI1030Introduction to Political Theory4.5
PSCI2001International Relations and World Politics4.5
PSCI2050Political Communications4.5
PSCI2100Comparative Politics and Government4.5
PSCI3005Political Ideologies and the 21st Century4.5
PSCI3050American Politics, Policy and Institutions4.5
PSCI3100Research Methods in Political Science4.5
PSCI3150Ethics in Public Life4.5
PSCI4900Capstone Seminar in Political Science4.5
Major Electives *
Choose seven of the following courses (at least four courses must have a PSCI designation):31.5
American/U.S. Politics
U.S. History from Colonial Times to 1876
U.S. History Since 1877 (to the Present)
A Multicultural History of America
Contemporary American History: The United States in a Global Age
American Constitutional Law
Race, Politics and Power in America
Women in American Political Life
Sustainability Policy and Planning
Social Issues in Contemporary America
International Relations and Comparative Politics
Cyber Crimes
Homeland Security
The Global Economy in the 21st Century
Modern History
Dynamics of Contemporary Diplomacy and Statecraft
Politics of Food, Human Security and Social Justice
Comparative Study of World Religions
Political Thought, Communication and Practice
Power and Leadership
Political Parties, Social Movements and Interest Groups
Issues in Political Theory: The Politics of Human Rights in Global Perspective
Psychology of Conflict Resolution
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose one of the following:13.5
Option 1
ASCI4799 College of Arts & Sciences Internship **
Option 2
Study Abroad Program
Option 3
Three Levels of Language Studies
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
MATH2002Statistics II4.5
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 9
American Government
One course from ART, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Environmental Science
Social Sciences 9
One course from ANTH°°, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.22.5
Total Credits181.0

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‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.